Core Crew - meat the pro pitmasters:
STORTH OAKS SMOKERS. Tim and Kelly Brittain are a husband and wife combo who hail from New Zealand where they have an Angus Cattle Stud. Tim is also an ABA, KCBS and SCA certified judge. They were one of the earliest adopters of low and slow BBQ in the Australia/New Zealand region, but joined the competitive barbecue world in early 2017. They have competed in two Meatstock events and the Jack Daniels National BBQ series 2017/2018 throughout New Zealand, winning Grand Champion in Christchurch along with many calls through the series, culminating in winning Reserve Grand Champion for 2018. Tim & Kelly love using Hardcore Carnivore Rubs in competitions and at home, especially Red and Amplify which they say is amazing on Chicken and Ribs.
GRILLIN WITH DAD. Maciek Zurawski was the first Core Crew influencer, chosen for the exceptional photography of his delicious recipes. Maciek is a backyard grill guy who cooks for family and friends, but has always held a passion for cooking. Originally from Poland, he had his first taste of American BBQ at age 10 when he moved to the States, and was immediately hooked. In 2017 he received a Big Green Egg from his wife for Fathers Day and decided to share his cooks on Instagram. And so @Grillin_with_dad was born. Maciek documents what he cooks in the hopes to inspire others to get out there and fire up their grills! His favorite thing to cook are pork ribs, steaks and beef brisket, and his favorite rub is HC Black.
NATURAL BORN GRILLERS have been competing on the Australian BBQ circuit since 2016, comprising of 2 couples Andrew and Pam, and Dean and Dana. Finishing up their first year in 16th place overall was a proud achievement, however 2017 was a breakout year with the team winning multiple first place trophies across all categories, their first Grand Championship and finishing 3rd on the national Australian leaderboard, cementing themslves as a team to beat. Though the team has only participated in four competitions in 2018, they received call ups in all of them including GC and RGC. With over 18 call ups and 7 first place category wins, Natural Born Grillers are one of the most winningest teams in Australian competition barbecue.
MANNING VALLEY NATURAL SMOKERS hail from the small NSW regional town of Wingham. This team of passionate self-taught pitmasters began competing on the Australian BBQ circuit in 2016 and comprises of of Grant, Fiona & Grace Coleman, Ashley Turner, Stephen Cooke and Mark Bateman. MVNS hold an impressive number of Grand Championships and RGCs, but one of their proudest accomplishments came in 2018 when they represented Australia at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo World Championship BBQ Contest in the USA. MVNS took out 2nd place in Brisket (using Aussie Angus Beef from their local processing facility, Wingham Beef Exports, which Grant is the general manger!) and finished an outstanding 13th place overall. The team has also earned the highest championship score on the Australasian BBQ Alliance) leader board, with a massive cumulative 1027 points. Manning Valley Natural Smokers are one of the most ‘winningest’ and highest ranked teams in 2018 Australian competitions series so far. With the magnificent Hardcore Carnivore rubs, their competition proteins have taken another level in both taste and presentation, and the results speak for themselves.