sSs BBQ Barns, the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters and SupersizedMeals.com are proud to present the official results from "The Shank Off, 2007", held at the Tamworth sSs BBQ Barn during the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival. It was a great event, with celebrities, locals and visitors taking part in The Premier Australian Competitive Eating Event!
The Tamworth sSs BBQ Barn Restaurant hosted the inaugural “Biggest Shanker” Grand Final today (21st January 2007) at 2pm. The winner of the Biggest Shanker Competition downed the full 2.5kg of slow cooked, special glazed tender meat in a whooping seven and a half minutes.
Here are the official results:
Ray Beneke - Cessnock
Finishing time: 7.5 minutes
Weight of Shank: 2kg 4gr
Paul Rands - Tamworth
Finishing time: 8.9 minutes
Weight of Shank: 2kg 5gr
Ryan Davidson - Brisbane
Finishing time: 9.5 minutes
Weight of Shank: 2kg 3gr
Cessnock - Ray Beneke
Tamworth - Paul Rands
Brisbane - Ryan Davidson
Toowoomba - Brien Boyce
Coffs Harbour - Amy Low
Muswellbrook - Steven Biscoe
Lake Munmorah - Chris Wolter
Dubbo - Ryan George
Overall the event was a roaring success. The restaurant where the competition was held was filled to capacity, and everyone involved had a fantastic time!
Here are some articles and images from the event:
Tamworth hosts The Big Shank contest
22nd January 2007, 10:23 WST
Country music fans love their meat, a fact never clearer than at a barbecue restaurant in Tamworth on Sunday.
Seven large lads, and one lady, sat down to consume 2.5 kilograms of beef shank - in under 12 minutes.
It attracted finalists from as far as Brisbane, Dubbo and Toowoomba, who qualified after single-handedly eating an oversized shank - typically served for a family of four - at their local BBQ Barn.
Judged by country musicians Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey, and Miss Rodeo Canada Tara Sergerie, the contest raised sweats, stained T-shirts, and generally disgusted all in attendance.
"I just sat down and concentrated on what I had to do, and that was eat the shank, and I done it," Mr Beneke said after receiving a barbecue for his victory.
"I just love the meat, it's beautiful."
Surprisingly, the 117 kilogram plant operator didn't skip breakfast ahead of the large lunch.
"I had two ham sandwiches for breakfast, and a couple of cans of soft drink on the way down," he said.
Jeffreys, who is launching her first album in four years later this week at the festival, said that being a judge was a little confronting.
"Disgusting," she said of the contest.
"The meat looks incredible, it looks absolutely delicious, but that would be enough to feed my family for a week."
While buckets were on standby, none seemed to be needed.
The Tamworth country music festival runs until January 27.
And the sSs Press Release:
Lending a hand and assisting to judge the competition were country music sensations Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffreys, Rod McCormack and Miss Rodeo Canada.
With a full crowd cheering on, the winner claimed his prize of a new BBQ and walked away with a belly full.
sSs BBQ Barn owners, Graham and Marlene Manvell were ecstatic with the reception from the crowd, the support of artists and the willing participants who showed their determination and love for delicious, real, fresh food.