Kiwis can take their pickling game to a dill-icious new level next month, with Detroit-based master of pickles Joe McClure sharing his extensive knowledge at two Auckland events.

The co-founder of McClure’s Pickles will be hosting a very special celebration of all things pickles at the BBQ and music festival Meatstock in February, before holding an exclusive pickling masterclass at Farro Fresh Grey Lynn.

Meatstock attendees need only look for the neon pickle to find the McClure’s Pickle Bar, where they’ll be able to enjoy an array of pickle-inspired dishes courtesy of the talented team from Burger Burger.

The treats on offer will include deep-fried Spicy pickle bites and deep-fried Garlic & Dill pickle spears as well as an extra-special treat for those pickle fans who also have a sweet tooth – Duck Island McClure’s Pickle Shakin’ Shakes and ice creams.

McClure will also be hosting an exclusive public pickling masterclass at Farro Fresh Grey Lynn while in Auckland.

Masterclass attendees will get to hear the story of how the McClure’s took a beloved family recipe and turned it into a multi-million dollar business that produces two million jars of hand-picked pickles from their Detroit factory each year. They’ll also get some “pickling 101” tips from one of the best in the business, before pickling their own jar of pickles.

“I’m really looking forward to escaping the cold in Detroit, coming back to New Zealand and being part of Meatstock – I was at the event in 2018 and it was epic,” said McClure.

“I’m also looking forward to my first public pickling masterclass in this part of the world. I’ve found Kiwis are as passionate about pickles as we are in the US, so I’m hoping to do more around the country on future trips.”


Meatstock is on from February 15-16, with the McClure’s pickling masterclass taking place at Farro Fresh Grey Lynn on February 17 from 7:15pm – 9:00pm.

Meatstock tickets can be purchased from, with tickets for the Farro Fresh masterclass available via The cost of the masterclass is $45 and includes pickle-inspired nibbles, light refreshments and a gift bag.

The Cook & Nelson General store will also be at Meatstock for fans to stock up on their Lillie’s Q BBQ sauces and meat mops, McClure’s Pickles, Noble Maple Syrup, Burger Burger tote bags and more.


When brothers Bob and Joe McClure were first given the recipe for their Grandma Lala’s legendary pickles, they decided to share her genius with the world and produced a range of small-batch pickles under the McClure name. Now, with the support of their family and friends, the Detroit-based duo hand-pick and produce more than two million jars of pickles every year. Known for their tangy, crunchy punch, McClure’s Pickles have a cult-like following and are now stocked in 4,000 retailers across America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  For more info: McClure’s pickles are distributed in New Zealand by Cook & Nelson and can be found in more than 300 stockists around the country.