Crazy Joker's have the recipe for champion burger success
WE weren't joking when we declared that The Crazy Joker makes the best burgers in Rockhampton.
After tallying almost 900 votes in The Morning Bulletin's competition to decide Rockhampton's best burger, The Crazy Joker narrowly clinched the title - by a mere 11 votes.
With itching curiosity and rumbling stomachs, reporters from The Morning Bulletin stopped in to congratulate the owners and see what all the fuss was about.
Primarily a children's play centre currently buzzing with activity because of the school holidays, The Crazy Joker also has a cafe area which allows hungry punters to dine in, take away or even have their food home delivered.
Crazy Joker owners Tom Newberry and his wife Jenni were so stoked about their victory that they commemorated the occasion yesterday by declaring on social media that they were offering $10 burgers to thank their loyal customers for their support.
The business's avid supporters took advantage in their droves, snapping up all 100 of the Crazy Joker's specially marinaded home-made burger patties.
"We're pretty chuffed about it, we were definitely surprised,” Mr Newberry said.
"It's great to see so many people get behind us.
"We knew we did good burgers but we didn't really expect to be in the conversation when there's takeaway burger shops and specialised burger chains.”
Mr Newberry said his wife was focused on customer service and he was the main cook and their customers recognised that they were going to get consistent, good home-made food when they visited.
Starting out initially as a barrister, as the business evolved Mr Newberry gradually found himself more in demand in the kitchen.
"I've always been passionate about food,” he said.
"We make the patties ourselves, we make most of our sauces ourselves.”
He was reluctant to reveal the exact ingredients of their legendary CJ's special sauce but did offer some clues under cross-examination.
"It's a smoky barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, some citrous elements, seasoning and a few other things in there as well,” Mr Newberry said.
Since starting in the post-mining downturn of 2013, after moving to Rockhampton from Brisbane, Mr Newberry said he'd seen a gradual improvement in patronage, particularly over the past nine months and especially since success in the Bully's burger competition.