James Whelan Butchers: Tipperary BBQ Idol

James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes stores of Oakville Shopping Centre have come together with Tipp FM this summer to bring you the ‘TIPP BBQ IDOL’ competition.

Are you the envy of your friends with your BBQ skills? Are you the ‘Rachel Allen’  or the ‘Nevin Maguire’  of the BBQ?

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Tipperary King or Queen of the BBQ?

If you think you have a genuine flair & passion for the BBQ and if you are ready for the Challenge of a lifetime then this is the perfect Competition for you. Tipperary BBQ Idol


Each Finalist wins a BBQ and the overall winner also gets Free Meat for 1 year to the value of €1000.00

What is involved in this competition?

  • 4 BBQ Cook off heats over 4 consecutive weeks starting on July 4th
  • A different theme each week
  • 1 qualifier from each week to go through to through to the  Grand Finale
  • Grand BBQ cook off Finale on Friday 1st  August


4th July:                 Independence Day – American Theme

11th July:               Locally Sourced Produce Theme

18th July:               Traditionally Irish

25th July:               Be Creative Theme (You on a Plate)


How to Enter:

If you would like to enter this competition please send us a picture of your best BBQ Dish or a picture of the BBQ dish of the person you are entering and let us know which ‘theme’ you prefer from the above list.

The 16 contestants to take part in the BBQ Idol Competition will be chosen from all the entrants  by our Judging Panel.Family BBQ


Details of the BBQ Qualifier:

On the Day of the Theme that you have chosen, each contestant will be give 20 minutes to source their ingredients from James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes Stores.

The contestant will be given 20 minutes to prepare their  ingredients and outline to the judges the Dish they are going to create.

Each contestant will be interviewed live on air by Tipp Fm at each of the above stages.

There will be 45 Minutes then to BBQ your chosen dish which will then be tasted by our judges.

A winner will be selected from each day of the Qualifiers and will go forward to take part in The BBQ Finale on the 1st August.

Grand Finale:

1st August            Create a BBQ Platter

All 4 winners  from the previous 4 weeks will ‘Cook Off’ on the BBQ to be crowned the King or Queen Of the BBQ!

No-one goes away empty handed – all 4 finalists take home their BBQ and the overall winner also receives €1000.00 of meat.


Terms & Conditions:

Entrants must be 18+. Competitors must also supply their own utensils but will be provided with aprons which they will wear when redeeming their ingredients.

The heats will consist of four people with the overall winner from each going through to the Grand Final.

Free meat for the year is to the value of €1000

For further Information contact

Derek Davis Tipp FM - derek@tippfm.com

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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