Every good barbecue starts with a basket full of heat beads, charcoal and a cup of tea. These are the words of advice from barbecue enthusiasts Paul and Bronwyn Durston. The pair definitely know their way around a hot plate. Owners of Bundaberg Lunchbox, they have been carving out a name for themselves in the catering world with 4670 BBQ since 2016.
The business was recently named as one of eight finalists in the Australian Barbecue Alliance Caterer of the Year Awards. They were also finalists for best overall caterer in the Wide Bay Fraser Coast Wedding Industry Awards.
Paul and Bronwyn organise the Bundaberg Barbecue Battle each year, which for the past four years has been the biggest outdoor cooking competition in the Southern hemisphere.
“We haven’t had it this year due to a number of factors, but we are in talks about expanding it to be a bigger festival that incorporates a wider field of interest,” Paul said.
It’s clear their success comes from the passion they have for what they do.
The meat they use is all locally sourced from Barritt’s Butchery, turning it into a low and slow feast in their smoker, “The General”, and incorporating barbecue favourites such as potato bake, salads, coleslaw, ribs and wings.
“Everything about barbecue is a science, from the time you put the meat on to the temperature you run your fire at, to the rubs and injections you put into it.”
“It can take up to 16 hours to cook. It’s a long day, but I love it, and it’s worth it.”
BUNDABERG BBQ RUBS
Bundaberg Barbecue Rubs was born out of a collaboration between 4670 BBQ and Yagoona Design Australia. Paul’s finely-tuned seasoning recipes can turn even the most ordinary meal into something to savour. In convenient zip-lock packaging, all rubs are gluten, preservative, additive, MSG, soy and dairy free, and vegan friendly. With blends available for beef, chicken, pork or lamb, they can be used as rubs or seasoning for meat or vegetarian dishes. Order through Facebook or find them at Bundy Chop Shop, KCs Fresh, Alloway Farmers’ Market, Chippindalls Downtown and Sugarland, One Little Farm, Cha Cha Chocolate, Bundaberg Lunchbox, The Lettuce Patch, Kalki Moon Distillery, Kuskeys Butcher Shoppe, Kens Kepnock Butchery and Nana’s Pantry.