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Following The Smoke

Filling our Bucket

Life is busy. And sometimes you’re so lost in the doing that you don’t take the time to stop and look around and be grateful for what you have, for what you’ve accomplished and for how you can share the figurative (or sometimes literal) wealth.    And in the...

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What I learned from COVID.

I don’t know about you guys but when I’m in the thick of things, it’s hard to see. I kept wanting to get in and write my thoughts on what was happening - how it all felt and what we were doing - but I couldn’t make sense of the thoughts and feelings, clearly enough...

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COVID-19. We’re in this together.

We realise the fear. We’re getting it too. It’s hard to keep perspective when alarm bells are sounding all around us. What we want you to know is this: We’re all over this. Like you, we don’t know what is or will happen but in the meantime, we’re listening. We’re...

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Thanksgiving and giving thanks 2019

It’s that time again – when I try to spend time in gratitude but find myself mired down in all the stuff I need to buy (that I picture finding its way into landfill within the year if not the month) and the scientific precision required to manage our family’s...

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What Dad’s dig, according to Pitboss Martin

Unsurprisingly Father’s Day is one of the busiest days at Red Gum BBQ. We started to receive phone calls about 3 months ago with folks trying to get a spot. Melzie in the office has been stuck to the phone ever since taking calls and booking in families to...

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When pies are complicated and messy but worth it.

We’re not cheap. We get it. And we own it. You may have lots of cheap meals in your life, but we ain’t one. And generally people say all kinds of amazing things about us but sometimes they say this: we’re EXPENSIVE. And if you compare us to your local pub meal, we...

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The Whole Hog blog

Next week we celebrate the 4th of July at Red Gum BBQ or as we call it, our ‘Not so Fourth July Whole Hog Party’ as the fourth never lands on a day where it is a good idea to hold an event on. This is an ironic day for me to celebrate, being British and all and the...

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I’ve never been good at keeping secrets.

I’ve never been good at keeping secrets. My son has the same plague/gift. Ask him who stole the lolly off the bench and see it written on his face. Ask me about my BBQ or my journey so far and I’ll tell you. In fact, I won’t shut up. I’ve never seen BBQ as...

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Honouring Joel

Yesterday I turned 44. 4 tens and 4 ones. As you age, it seems increasingly difficult to see those number rise and understand your value and worth against your impressions of the age and the awareness of your mortality. This year’s birthday came with a gratitude...

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Starting at the end.

We use free range and grass fed meats, exclusively. But how do we ensure that this process is humane and ethical? It seems impossible. But in ensuring we understand and make the right decisions, we’re taking the journey and reporting it to you. On this occasion, I...

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The Meaty Truth at Red Gum BBQ

So here’s the thing about meat. That you may or may not be aware of. It’s a complicated industry, to put it lightly. One where, throughout recent history, most of what has been available to the masses has been sourced in a not very ethical and not very sustainable...

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B Corp Baby!

Just a few of us getting our BCorp on. I can remember our early conversations about Red Gum BBQ – back in our little rental house in Mornington. Martin was a Youth Project Officer for local Council in the city and I was a high school teacher. We were completely...

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Ratings, Reviews and Redemption: Easter 2018

Red Gum BBQ in its first year of existence has received much praise, lots and lots of folks love the food, the building and the culture of the business. This has overwhelming been the response. I go to work each day amazed and humbled that people come to spend...

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