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Ellie Samuelsson and Erin Cavanagh are Bourke’s top cooks

Grand Champion Smoker Erin Cavanagh (with trophy) received her trophy from 2023 Champion Lochie Ford, l-r: Kyhal Hayman, Lochie Ford, Callum Driscoll, sponsor Jarrod Willoughby from Outback Refrigeration, Erin Cavanagh and Ernie Delany. Photo contributed

Graeme Delany, at right, hands over the trophy for Grand Champion Camp Oven Cook to the new Champion – Ellie-May Samuelsson. Photo contributed

Bourke’s Butchery’s Big Cook-off, held at the Port of Bourke Hotel on Saturday, had mouths watering as contestants vied for the title of best Camp Oven and best Smoked Meat Cook.

This year two women took the top honours – Ellie Samuelsson as Grand Champion Camp Oven Cook and Erin Cavanagh as Grand Champion Smoker Cook.

Organiser, Ernie Delany from Bourke’s Butchery said the second Smoking and Camp Oven Cook Off brought a large crowd of at least 250 people, 14 smoking cooks and 9 camp oven cooks.

The event involves cooking different kinds of meat; chicken, lamb, pork, and beef in a camp oven, or on a pellet smoker or woodfire stove which is heated up, so the smoke cooks the meat.

Ernie said it was a fantastic day at the Port of Bourke with a massive turn out on a beautiful Bourke winter’s day. […]

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