A food truck which served a pork rib burger has taken out the title of Best Burger in Wellington On A Plate for 2018. The ‘Brewed to the Bone’ burger consisted of smoked beef short rib with candied bacon, covered in cheese sauce and served with curly fries.
Wilson Barbecue sold 171kg of meat the first day the Brewed to the Bone burger was available, with the burger being in such high demand that even people who had booked spots were turned down and told to come back another time. To order the burger as a walk-in customer was virtually impossible.
"We sold all the meat we thought we would need for the whole 17 days in first five days,” said Wilson Barbecue co-owner Casey Wilson. “We had to get Prime Star, our supplier, to run around the country and get more meat for us anywhere he could, so it's safe to say it definitely blew our minds.”
However, the event has come under fire from restaurateurs who claim that Wellington on a Plate has become too burger-centric, and is pulling away from the original intention of the event. There were a record 179 burgers on the menu this year, and restaurants who were entered in the ‘Dine Wellington’ section said that the event ran the risk of becoming a burger festival – a claim dismissed by organisers.