Sizzling Success: How Black Iron Smokers Redefined BBQ in the Sutherland Shire

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Andrew Patterson's Black Iron Smokers & BBQ has become an integral part of the Sutherland Shire's local market and events scene, captivating locals and visitors alike with its authentic Texas BBQ flavours.

The journey from competitive BBQ competitions to the brink of opening a dedicated restaurant in Engadine (more on this below) showcases the power of passion, family, and community.

Whether you're attending a festival, strolling through a local market, or enjoying a pint at a brewery, east coast locals can't escape the irresistible allure of Andrew's Smokey Texan menu.

A Family Legacy from Coffs Coast

Before we dive into Andrew's journey into the world of BBQ, it's important to acknowledge his deep family roots in the Coffs Coast.

The Patterson family's connection to this region dates back to 1915 when Andrew's grandfather, Benjamin Donn Patterson, made a significant move from Armidale and established BD Patterson & Sons Building.

Benjamin left an indelible mark on Coffs Harbour, having been responsible for several major infrastructure projects between the 1920s and 1950s.

His fingerprints can be found on iconic structures such as the Original Coffs Fire Station, Railway Station, Bank Of NSW, and the Jetty Memorial Theater, which are integral parts of the region's history.

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A Sizzling Start to the BBQ Journey

Andrew Patterson's journey into the world of BBQ kicked off in 2016 when he and his wife, Ilinka, developed a keen interest in competitive BBQ.

Their passion for grilling over live fire and understanding the history behind low and slow-cooked BBQ was ignited. That very year, they took the bold step of competing at the original 'BBQ Wars' in Port Macquarie.

This endeavor became the spark that ignited their passion. They realized that if they were going to master the art of BBQ the right way, they had to immerse themselves in its place of origin.

In 2019, with an adventurous spirit and a hunger for knowledge, Ilinka and Andrew embarked on a pilgrimage to Texas, a state renowned for its BBQ culture. There, they met with several established BBQ companies and discovered a common denominator – the immense BBQ pits.

Birth of Black Iron Smokers

Inspired by their journey through Texas, Andrew and Ilinka decided to make their mark on the BBQ scene. They knew they needed a big, bold, and authentic BBQ pit of their own.

That's when Black Iron Smokers was born, a family-run venture that would take the Sutherland Shire (and most of the east coast) by storm.

The journey into the BBQ world was not one they embarked on alone.

Andrew and Ilinka have a family dynamic that's as flavourful as their BBQ. Between the two of them, they have five children, who actively participate in every aspect of the business. Whether it's flipping burgers, cutting meat, or serving customers, it's a full-fledged family operation.


A Texan Twist on BBQ Tradition

Andrew is a true pitmaster. Brisket, burgers, and ribs are his specialties, each meticulously crafted with a flavour profile that takes you on a journey straight to the heart of the Lone Star State.

Andrew assures us that the 'secret sauce' for unbelievable flavour comes from his custom made BBQ, infusing every bite with unmistakable smokey goodness.

What really sets the Black Iron menu apart from the competition is their 'Texan twist'. Top secret rubs and sauces add a unique flair to each of their dishes resulting in a culinary experience like no other.

His dedication to perfecting the art of barbecue is evident in every bite. He's not just serving food; he's delivering an authentic experience that transports you straight to Texas.

The Role of Family in Success

Andrew is quick to credit his family for Black Iron Smokers' success. The dedication, teamwork, and unity among his wife and children have been integral to their journey.

It's not just about the food; it's about the Patterson family's commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to their community.

He often mentions how Black Iron Smokers wouldn't be the thriving business it is today without the tireless efforts of his wife and kids.

This deep-rooted sense of family and community is what sets his business apart in the competitive world of BBQ.

The Dream Becomes Reality in Engadine

One of Andrew's most significant missions to date is about to come to life – the opening of his brand new, dedicated restaurant in Engadine. This vision has been years in the making, and it's finally reaching fruition.

This exciting development marks a turning point in the Black Iron Smokers story, making the BBQ joint a permanent fixture in the Sutherland Shire.

The restaurant in Engadine will be more than just a place to grab a delicious meal; it's a destination for lovers of authentic Texas BBQ flavours.

Andrew's mission is clear: to bring a taste of Texas to the Sutherland Shire, allowing the locals to savour the bold, smoky goodness that has been tantalizing their taste buds for years.

The Journey to Success

Opening a restaurant and building a successful local business isn't a cakewalk, and Andrew understands that better than anyone.

His journey has been marked by adaptation, hard work, and a relentless drive to ensure Black Iron Smokers thrives.

The road to success for this local entrepreneur has been paved with challenges, but it's these very challenges that have forged his mettle and determination.

As we chat with Andrew, his passion for the Shire is palpable, and his excitement about the new restaurant is infectious. His story is a testament to the power of determination and community support.


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Meeting New Faces Every Week

For Andrew, the Shire isn't just a place of business – it's home. His enthusiasm for the community is evident, and he looks forward to welcoming new faces every week at his restaurant.

As the Black Iron Smokers story continues to unfold, it's bound to be a journey of camaraderie, great food, and unforgettable moments shared with the people who call the Sutherland Shire home.

Loyalty and Local Community

In the world of local businesses, loyalty is often the secret ingredient that keeps the fire burning. Andrew's journey is a testament to how a combination of passion, dedication, and the support of a tight-knit community can propel a small venture to new heights.

It's a story of a local hero who brought the taste of Texas to the Sutherland Shire and won the hearts of many along the way.

Andrew Patterson and Black Iron Smokers have become more than just a local BBQ joint. They are a testament to the power of passion, family, and community in building a successful local business.

We hired these guys for a recent 50th and 60th birthday party and they did not disappoint. The food was amazing. The service was professional and the atmosphere with the smoker made a great talking point for everyone. Would highly recommend."

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As the aroma of smoky brisket, sizzling burgers, and mouth-watering ribs continues to waft through the Sutherland Shire, we can't help but celebrate a homegrown hero and the culinary adventure he's taking us on.

Andrew Patterson's story is a testament to the richness of our local community and the endless possibilities that arise when passion meets purpose.


Contact Black Iron Smokers & BBQ!

Phone: 8201 3131
Email: Blackironsmokers@gmail.com
Address: 59 Kingswood Road Engadine, 2233
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