Dane Cowan

Dane Cowan

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I first stumbled across barbecue in 2013. I had been cooking a lot of Asian street food and wanted to learn about Mexican. Once I started researching, I then obviously discovered Tex-Mex and then barbecue. I went out and bought a smoker and haven’t looked back.

I began competition BBQ in 2016 on the team The Smoking Joint and in 2018 formed Smoke & Steel with Jesse Donnaruma. It’s been a wild ride since then!

I love experimenting with Asian flavors and barbecue, making all sorts of different dishes and recipes. I have a huge list of things I want to cook and it’s always evolving. I also love having friends and family over and making a big barbecue platter.


McLaren Vale, South Australia

Favourite dish to grill:

Steak, Steak and more steak

Fun Fact:

Smoke & Steel we’re the 2018 SCA Australian points champions

Favourite Activity:


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