Howdy y’all!

Thanks for stopping by. My name’s Jess (no, not Mary, I named the site after my fondness for burgers and Bloody Marys!) and I’m a fully fledged Hardcore Carnivore.

My expertise lies in low’n’slow smoked meats, with a particular passion for Texas barbecue. I’m a co-founder and head judge for the Australasian Barbecue Alliance and creator of the internationally acclaimed Carnivores Ball, an event for the discerning meat enthusiast. I speak, write, present, discover, explore and celebrate the umami-packed wonder that is meat.

Born and raised in Australia, I fell head over heels in love with all things Texas and have unequivocally earned my “honorary Texan” status. These days I split my time between the two locations which results in a lot of “y’all”s with an Aussie accent, and spelling things with an extra “u” from time to time.

I’m also passionate about Southern food in general, have a detailed knowledge of the history and cuisine of New Orleans and am obsessed with using my vintage cast iron skillet. I am also the current Australian brand ambassador for Tito’s Vodka and Buffalo Trace bourbon.

I’m a certified KCBS and CTBA judge, fervent Texas Longhorns and New Orleans Saints fan, sucker for someone saying “yes ma’am”, proud Staffy owner, cowboy boot wearer and I make a mean key lime pie.

Wanna get in touch? You can reach me at:  contact@burgermary.com

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Jess Pryles is better known by her sobriquet BurgerMary, so named for burgers and bloody marys. Despite the name, her expertise lies in low’n’slow smoked barbecue, particularly Texas BBQ. She is a maven of all things meaty, creator of the international event Carnivores Ball (an event for the discerning meat enthusiast), co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance, Australian-born honorary Texan and has an insatiable appetite responsible for her hunger-inducing website, burgermary.com

In 2014 Jess was one of nine beef, burger and barbecue experts commissioned by CNN.com to determine America’s Meatiest City. In the same year she also judged at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue invitational contest, Gettin’ Sauced barbecue sauce contest and the Australian BBQ Championships. In early 2015 she featured as the cover story in The Weekly Review.

She’s been interviewed by the Austin American StatesmanCookedFocus, Sydney Morning HeraldUrban List, Port Macquarie News, Chapel St Precinct; featured in the Austin Chronicle, Austin Woman, Wall Street Journal, The Age, The Australian, SBS, Daily Telegraph, The Leader, Beer & Brewer, Qantas Travel Insider; appeared on KEYE TV Austin, 3AW, SEN, JOY and ABC radio in Melbourne; guest produced the Keepers Of The Flame TV series; hosted the Redheads Gourmet Barbecue Festival; guest speaker at Bindaree Beef Producers Day; and has written for Feast, StoryQue, Broadsheet and Rhythms Magazine amongst a host of other projects and appearances.

Her BurgerMary musings, postings and pictures reach hundreds of thousands of people each year and resonate with likeminded meat-fans around the globe.

‘if you want to know what’s up in the world of BBQ, you want to know what’s up with the seemingly indefatigable Jess Pryles’ – Austin Chronicle

‘ This girl knows BBQ, and when we say that, we mean it. She is the Goddess of all things that previously moo-ed’ – The Urban List

‘Jess Pryles may be from Down Under, but she’s all over the brisket’ – Austin American Statesman

‘Meaty impresario Jess Pryles has adopted the mantle of Australia’s Queen of Southern Barbecue’ – The Australian