Black Deer Cookout Competition

Black Deer Festival Live Fire

‘Cookout’ – our action packed, fast paced, fire and smoke filled BBQ cooking competition will be returning to the Live Fire stage in 2019.
Running over the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, each day sees teams pitched against each other in live-fire cooking challenges judged live on stage by a panel of industry experts.
The team with the most points at the end of the weekend gets crowned Black Deer Cookout ‘Grand Champion’ and will be awarded with a smoking hot prize pot.
2018 saw the very talented Brisket & Barrel walk away victorious.
Below are the rounds we’ve put in place for 2019…

Taking part right in the heart of the Live Fire Arena, Cookout is a highly interactive competition with teams engaging with festival visitors during the cooking.
There will be two rounds on Saturday, two on Sunday and teams will have plenty of preparation and cooking time for each.

The rounds:


Live Fire cooking is not just for meat. This all-new round puts the teams creativity to the test with entry being entirely plant-based!

Chef’s Choice

This is where the chefs get to show off. They can cook absolutely anything they like providing it’s cooked over live fire. The bigger and more extravagant the presentation the better!

Black Deer Festival Live FIre

Pork ribs

Dr.BBQ has spent over 25 years competing in US low and slow BBQ contests where the battle for the best ribs is always fierce. Having been honoured with a position in the prestigious BBQ Hall of Fame he knows a thing or two about smoking this delicious cut.
Teams will be required to present the ribs in the traditional KCBS style way.


Inspired by last year’s Live Fire demo from Caravan’s Matt Burgess with his stunning whole grilled mackerel, fire pit tomatillo & smoked almonds we’ve decided to put a fish round into the BBQ contest for 2019! Cook it hot & fast or low & slow, hot-smoked or cold-smoked we don’t mind. Just cook it over the coals and make it damned tasty.

2019 Basic Rules and Info

– Each team will be required to prepare and enter 6 clearly identifiable portions per round to the judges table.
– Black Deer Festival will provide each team with the meat required for the pork ribs and venison rounds plus plenty extra to cook and give out to festival visitors.
– A ‘People’s Choice’ prize will be awarded to the team that the judges feel had interacted and engaged with the crowds the most. This includes feeding them samples of your food and sharing some of your secrets!
– All cooking must be done on a charcoal or wood fire. No gas or electric.
– A full set of rules will be sent to the final teams before the event.

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