An award-winning butchers just missed out on another top accolade.
Nicholson’s Butchers, in Whitley Bay, clinched a runner-up spot in the UK final of the Butchers Q Guild 2016 BBQ Competition.
The shop had qualified for the national final’s speciality BBQ product category with its Bombay Beef Kebab after earlier becoming north-east regional champion, earning a place in the UK finale at Eastwood Hall, near Nottingham.
The contest this year attracted a record entry of almost 400 barbecue products from Q Guild butchers nationwide.
Robert Alexander Butchers in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, became the overall Q Guild supreme barbecue champion with its speciality barbecue product national victor, Coffee Crusted BBQ Steak.
The Q Guild’s national chairman, Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull said: “The BBQ Competition saw an extremely high standard of entries and was fiercely fought out between all finalists.
“I would like to offer hearty congratulations to all those who succeeded in making it to the finals, as winning a regional event is in itself no easy feat.
“In the end, the category winners really have proved themselves to be the cream of the crop and I wish to congratulate them all on their achievement.”
The 2016 Q Guild BBQ Championships were sponsored by industry suppliers Innovative Food Ingredients, Dalziel, DB Foods, The Dalesman Group, Scobie and Junor, and Baro Lighting.