While the outcome of the game at the MCG was unknown at the time of writing, the quality of the fare being offered at the Bracken Ridge Tavern thanks to Droughtmaster producers in south east Queensland was beyond contention.
According to proprietor Michael White, every day has been game day of A grade quality since a range of Droughtmaster grilling cuts was introduced to patrons.
“And the fact they are from an iconic Queensland breed such as Droughtmaster makes it perfect for our dining service promotion during State of Origin season,” he said. “We’re calling it the Steak of Origin.”
The Droughtmaster consignment arrived at Bracken Ridge from portions that were left over from the Droughtmaster Society’s function activity at Beef Australia 2018.
About 30 light trade Droughtmaster steers were killed for the purpose at Nolan Meats, Gympie in February after spending 100 days on feed.
“The treatment they’ve been given both pre and post slaughter is not unlike what you’d find in Nolan’s premium Private Selection brand – the eating quality is absolutely first rate,” Mr White said.
Droughtmaster Society CEO Neil Donaldson said there were no plans for a Droughtmaster beef brand, but he was happy to have the breed’s name on menus whenever possible.