Hector's Smoke House Championship BBQ Team

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My name is Dave, I’m the Pitmaster in charge of Hector’s Smoke House. We are a Championship Winning Low Slow BBQ Team from Melbourne, Australia. We cook in KCBS and ABBQA competitions. This site contains recipes, foodpics, photos, a blog, news, Competition news and photos and reviews.

I first got into low and slow BBQ in 2013. Early in 2013 I had just ordered a new Weber Summit from the USA and out of the blue, on one of the Aussie BBQ Forums, I got an invite from GrillPro to attend a low and slow cooking demo from Andy Groneman (US Pitmaster). That was it, I was sold 🙂 So within a few weeks, I was the proud owner of a Yoder YS640 Pellet Grill. 

So began my love of low and slow. Over the next year, a lot of time went into research and practicing recipes. The hardest part was then to find suppliers of great cuts of meat, this part hasn’t been too easy, as it is very hard to get hold of the American cuts. I started talking to farmers and anyone else I could think of to get me great produce. I actually enjoyed this part, as much as I did BBQing. From this, I formed a great relationship with Sher Wagyu, Peter Bouchier and a few others, this has helped me a lot to get the right produce.

I was enjoying BBQ so much I bought a Komodo Kamado. I wanted to use real fire and the Komodo looked incredible, like a work of art 🙂 Then in the middle of 2014 I thought that I might enter some BBQ Competitions, I realised that I needed to change the Yoder to one with a Competition Cart and I also needed another BBQ for Comps, so bought a Primo XL Kamado. BBQs Plus were fantastic at supplying the best BBQ equipment in Melbourne and they decided they also wanted to sponsor my BBQ Team.

In early 2015 I decided to add a pure cabinet smoker to the collection but I wanted something that would be easy to use but would produce great smoke flavour. I also wanted something different so I bought a Stumps Classic Gravity Fed Smoker. I must admit that I’m very happy with all of the toys 🙂

So Hectors Smoke House BBQ Team is just me but I also have guest helpers in the Competitions, as well as help from my wife, she wants to get more involved in Comps. I do have a full time ‘normal’ job but am deciding whether I want to do some catering in the future or even hold some classes, in the minutes between doing my real work. Maybe in 4-5 years time, it might become more than a hobby? 

Hectors Smoke House have just taken their first business step into the BBQ World and are now importing the Arteflame Grill from the USA. The first products are due to land in September 2017. Please go over to our new site at Arteflame Australia for more details and pricing.


Before you ask, Hector was my nickname from 16, so that’s where the team name comes from. I was supposed to look like the dog on a UK kids show called Hectors House, you will see him on the logo, I don’t think I look too much like him but don’t mind the nickname 🙂
If you want to know anything or just want to chat about BBQ, drop me a line. I’m not an expert but I’m more than willing to pass on anything I’ve learned over the past few years.

Looking forward to some great protein 😍😍 ...

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Getting very excited planning the new house in Mornington. The shed will convert into a fantastic area to hold BBQ classes. It’s been a long time in the planning but should be ready early next year. Love the 3d planning software 😁 ...

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Wow!! Had a massive surprise this morning. An invite to the American Royal. I thought it must be a mistake, so applied but told them I thought they’d made a mistake. I explained that we won a KCBS GC in 2016 and last year we won GC at Adelaide Up In Smoke Competition. They wrote back and said that’s correct, it was a Royal Qualifier, we had no idea 😁
So now we have to see if we can get the logistics to work out, we are desperate to go, so now need to see if we can make it happen.............fingers crossed 😁

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Caleb Hunt grilling up some Sher Wagyu Brisket Burgers. These are the best. Light burger patty with a crisp char, the best burgers ever 🍔🍔😍😍 ...

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Sher Wagyu Brisket Burgers getting some grill action on the Arteflame Australia ...

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