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#242631 6-Nov-2018 16:29
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It's giveaway time and now we have TWO Nokia 7.1 smartphone to giveaway, courtesy of Spark - Nokia partners in New Zealand!



How to Enter: You just need to reply here with a story about your favourite BBQ story - anything goes. Just a location, an event, something you've done or a place where you had the best BBQ. Double entry if you post a photo (upload the image to Geekzone and use the BBCODE provided). Be creative here folks.


General rules: one entry per user only in our competition. Two winners will be randomly selected. This giveaway is open to NZ residents and closes Friday 23rd November 2018 (New Zealand time). Winners will be selected in a random draw and contacted via PM. After confirmation we will post winners' usernames in this topic. Once confirmed, winners will receive the prizes via post. Winners must be registered Geekzone users by the time this competition was posted.


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  #2120963 6-Nov-2018 16:33
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My best bbq was out at the Rimutaka forest park. We had to go to the camp area as all of the other gas bbqs were empty, and the previous people didn't bother to clean the bbq when they left it, however, it was nice being surrounded by nature with my family eating there.

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  #2120976 6-Nov-2018 16:55
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My best bbq was on a Christmas day a few years ago now. It was at a cousin's place with family and friends. Being Christmas, the kids were happy with their presents and there was more food than the usual bbq - meat, fish, seafood and vegies... we had 2 barbies going!




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  #2120982 6-Nov-2018 17:03
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I enjoyed a BBQ in the snow on the roof of my apartment in Dublin. It was one of those small tinfoil BBQs, but in the snow was fun :)


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  #2120997 6-Nov-2018 17:54
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In my youth in Australia, I had a highly intelligent dog, a dachshund called Trudy.


She would normally eat her pet meat (usually chopped 'roo) raw.


However, when we went on holiday, she would refuse to eat her meat unless it had been cooked on the family BBQ, like ours.


(Years later I tried barbecued kangaroo steaks myself - delicious.  wink)



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  #2120998 6-Nov-2018 17:57
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Not sure it's a favorite bbq story, rather an example that Auckland is bursting at the seams :) Last bbq was at Wenderholm on Labour Day. We arrived just a bit later than planned and managed to secure a parking space, but failed to secure a bbq! Never saw so many ppl at Wenderholm. The earliest available bbq was 1.5h waiting. I recollected there was one available at the park entrance, so we left ladies and kids on the beach and drove back to the entrance. Lost the nice parking space in shadow immediately, but quickly cooked food and returned. Everyone was happy, except the driver. He was a bit late because of time spent on finding new parking space :)

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  #2121006 6-Nov-2018 18:14
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I have fond memories of a barbeque on a family farm a few years ago, the whole family was there, plenty of good food and everyone was happy. 


Not long after that there was crazy flooding and slips on the farm, everything turned to custard, but that's a story for another day.


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  #2121129 6-Nov-2018 20:22
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Some 40 odd years ago, shortly after coming to NZ I was working away from home and was invited to a beach barbecue.  Helping to unload the car of one of those three legged aluminium cast barbecues.  A bottle of meths which I thought was to light the charcoal, but no charcoal.  I pointed this out to my host, and he said, "Just wait".  When we got to set up the barbecue, he filled the tray with dry sand and proceeded to pour the meths into the sand and then lit the gas given off by the soaked in meths.  We successfully cooked everything and the fire continued to burn for some time after.  Cleaning up was a breeze, we just poured the sand back on the beach after the fire had expired. From memory, there was no taste of meths in the food.


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  #2121131 6-Nov-2018 20:27
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I had a BBQ in my backyard the other day. The BBQ plate was rusted to hell so Im probably gonna get tetanus. 


Thats my story



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  #2121138 6-Nov-2018 20:33
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I don't BBQ often but have learned to put the chicken kebabs on the hot plate and not on the grill after watching the sticks light up.

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  #2121151 6-Nov-2018 20:58
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Best bbq was 4 years ago Xmas when the head of the family on my mothers side being my grandfather asked me to cook that year as he was terminally ill (ever since I can remember he was the go-to for our family Xmas bbq)
We had a spread of seafood on the bbq like crays and mussels etc and he said it was the best he’s had. Ever since it’s been my job at xmas and happy to do it as it’s a way I can always have that connection with him.

Roll on Xmas!

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  #2121152 6-Nov-2018 21:02
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At a BBQ/drinks at the start of the year, I managed to give myself a second degree burn on my arse after getting a little bit too close to the pot belly being used as a brazier while trying to dry off after a swim. 


I'll spare you the photo of the burn thou :-P


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  #2121164 6-Nov-2018 21:38
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Best BBQ a few years back in the Bay of Islands. After a days diving and fishing loads of cray on the BBQ and cold beer, good mates and awesome yarns.

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  #2121167 6-Nov-2018 21:51
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A real braai requires real wood from the camelthorn tree. Longest lasting fires with superb heat. Together with long dark nights & frosty mornings. That's a bbq to share with friends & remember.


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  #2121175 6-Nov-2018 22:16
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I bought myself one of these:



Best BBQ ever.  It's WiFi controlled and all from an app on my tablet.


There's going to be (in fact already has been) a lot of yummy meals cooked on this baby.

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  #2121221 7-Nov-2018 06:33
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My best BBQ was probably a year ago, on a trip back to the UK while they were still enjoying a decent summer. 


We had this idea 3-4 months before to build a bbq, have a boys F1 weekend round at my dads! 


I go to bed that evening NZ time, in the UK the guys do they day and when I awake the next morning (now their evening) a bbq design and someone willing to build it was drawn up, amazing organisation...the day was on, all we needed to pray for was no rain.


The meat was ordered nearer the time, 2 legs of lamb and a good shoulder of pork and some sausages.


The evening before I had decided to dry rub the meats in various flavours, and have a bit of a play! There was coffee,granules  paprika, ground garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, cumin, corriander...


The BBQ was lit the next morning, to get the fire really going using a BBQ chimney and the meats wrapped in foil. It was turning out to be a day of beer, good laughs and some good food!


The TV was moved outside for the British GP and, having been out of the UK for 7 years, it felt like I'd never been away from my family. A top event and great when the food turns out just as planned.


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