SAUCE OF PRIDE: Richard Mason and Phil Barrie built a smoker from an entry teller that was damaged during a break in at Mr Mason's carwash.
SAUCE OF PRIDE: Richard Mason and Phil Barrie built a smoker from an entry teller that was damaged during a break in at Mr Mason's carwash. Michael Nolan

Creative cookery rises from the ashes

MUCH like the phoenix rises from the ashes, one Kingaroy business is using the burnt-out remains of a recent burglary to seek the height of fame on the international barbecue circuit.

In the latter half of 2017 thieves attacked the entry teller machine at the Kingaroy Car and Dog Wash with crowbars and angle grinders.

When they couldn't bust the machines open the thieves loaded one onto a car and drove way.

This machine was found, burnt to a crisp alongside the car used during the break in.

Police returned the ashen shell to the car wash owner Richard Mason and with the help of his manager, Phil Barrie, he has converted it into a smoker.

They will use it during the Australasian Barbecue Alliance competition held during Baconfest.

"Because it was stainless steel and it was burnt, it was beyond any sort of use, we thought why not turn it into a smoker," Mr Mason said.

"We thought about it for a while and what really pushed us was the news that Baconfest was coming.

"We had a week of rain here and there was not much happening at the car wash and in a week, we converted it."

They laid the teller on its side and turned its base into a fire box. They then built a trolley to sit the smoker on and cut a chimney into the top. It can cook six racks of ribs.

"Everybody likes the concept of turning something bad into something good," Mr Mason said.

Mr Barrie said their entry, like their smoker, would be a simple affair.

"For me, it's all about the balance of sweet meets savoury," Mr Barrie said.

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