Category: BBQ

Carolina Cookout Supperclub

Tickets are now sold out for this event, keep your eyes peeled for new events coming up shortly…

It’s cold and wet so we thought what better way to celebrate than to have a winter BBQ supperclub.  On February 8th and 9th 2013 we’ll be giving people a taste of the Carolinas with some of our finest slow smoked BBQ to warm you up at a secret location in Manchester.

We will be asking for a £10 deposit and a further £15 (£25 total) contribution for the event. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and there is no finishing time. Doors open at 19:30.

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Mains

Chopped BBQ

There is only one kind of BBQ in Carolina – pork.  We smoke ours for 18 hours after giving it one of our hand made rubs

Brunswick Stew

A deep south classic; this stew is what happens when small mammals carrying ears of corn fall into BBQ pits.

Sides

Jalepeno Hush Puppies

Deep fried cornmeal bites spiced with pickled jalepeno

Collard Greans

No Carolina meal is complete without greens cooked with bacon.

Deep fried Okra

Tasty deep fried morsels of Okra

Barbecue Joint Black Eyed Beans

Peppery black eyed beans seasoned with thyme and bay leaves

Dessert

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Take one of North Carolina’s greatest exports and turn it into a homely dessert served alongside a big dollop of fresh ice cream

 

Wintercue is coming

We’re gearing up for winter and we’ve packed out our calender for December.  Expect Christmas BBQ specials and traditional southern BBQ throughout the month.  We’ll be smoking meats in our BBQ pit come rain or snow – take that weather!

16th December 2012 – Chorlton Bazaar - 13:00 – 19:00

Chorlton Irish Club will be transformed into a bustling bazaar for Christmas as every inch is taken over with a whole heap of quality stalls selling second-hand clothes, vintage finds, records, accessories and more, more, more.

Add DJs, gluhwein, cocktails and workshops to the mix for right good Christmassy cheerfulness.

We’ll be there to make sure you meet your daily requirement for meat 1pm -  7pm. Menu coming soon.

17 High Lane  Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, Greater Manchester M21 9DJ

16th December 2012 – Shebeen Festival, Indigo Withington – 19:00 – Late

She­been Fes­ti­val is a one day cel­e­bra­tion and com­ing together of Man­ches­ter pro­mot­ers, musi­cians and artists. A one wrist­band, multi venue expe­ri­ence across 6 venues in Fal­low­field and With­ing­ton, cel­e­brat­ing Manchester’s music and art culture. To get your tickets head over here.

We’re at the festival to make sure you don’t go hungry – we’ll be in ‘The Juke Joint’ pop up bar  at Indigo Withington to bring you a Pop-Up Win­ter BBQ and beer cel­e­bra­tion.  With beverages pro­vided by Wild Beer Co.

455 Wilm­slow Road, Manchester M20 4AN

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6th December 2012 – Port Street Beer House Pop Up

We’ll be at Port Street Beer House from 6pm serving up:

  • Slow smoked brisket on Texas toast with slaw and our home made BBQ Sauce
  • BBQ beans
  • Brisket Box with BBQ beans, slaw and pickles
  • Mince Pie BBQ Sauce
  • Tennessee Red
  • South Carolina Gold

8th – 9th December 2012 – Guerrilla Eats Christmas

Joining the top notch lineup of traders at Guerrilla Eats Christmas, come and see us at Port Street Car Park – there’s awesome food, competitions and music to keep you warm.

We’ll be there from 4pm – 10pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.

The menu for the weekend is:

  • Chopped BBQ roll (pork) with slaw and bbq sauce
  • Beef rib roll
  • Mac and Cheese
  • BBQ box – your choice of shredded beef rib or chopped BBQ with slaw and mac and cheese
  • Mince pie BBQ sauce
  • Tenneesse Red
  • South Carolina Gold

ALERT – We are unleashing ‘The Dish of Unspeakable Firey Torment‘ and it needs to be taken down. Made with our barbecue pork and a spicy salsa of naga and scotch bonnet chilies, then topped with fresh nagas and a burning sour cream, this dish is not for the faint hearted.

If you want to tackle our competition and take down ‘The Dish’, tell us what makes you a chili massacring warrior tough enough to take down this chill. Let us know on Twitter with the hashtag #fireytorment, and you could join us at 8:00pm on Saturday to face your fellow chili fiends and the Dish itself… think hard about it before you enter this contest.

There will be a prize for the quickest eater who can then withstand 3 minutes of waiting after eating.

The Boneyard

ALL DATES SOLD OUT

On October 27th and 28th we’re inviting you down to the Boneyard. Come and embark upon a bonesucking journey through ribs matched with some wicked pies. Fancy dress optional.

3 varieties of ribs will be smoked low and slow on our backyard pit served with BBQ sauce and 4 pies. Come to our backyard pit in a secret location in Manchester and eat, enjoy and explode (it is halloween after all) – reserve your spot now.

Suggested donation for the supper club is £15 in addition to your £10 deposit (£25 total). The location will be sent to you 24 hours before hand and we’ll be ready to seat and feed you when you arrive. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and there is no finishing time.

Menu (or something to this effect):

Pre-Dinner

Liquid Apple Pie

To amuse your bouche

Ribs

Dino Ribs
Melt off the (massive) bone beef ribs

Dusted Ribs
Spare ribs sprinkled with our secret meat dust and slow cooked to perfection

Sticky ribs
Baby backs sweet, sticky and messy. Kitchen roll provided.

Sides

Mac and Cheese Pie
Our special Mac and Cheese with a unique crust

Maque Choux Pie
Your RDA of veg amped up with cream

Dessert

Deadly Pumpkin Pie
Because you gotta have pumpkins in the bone yard

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Mystery Meat

Inspired by our deep south trip, watch this space…

Baby backs

PIGOUT

We’ve teamed up with the burger maniacs at Almost Famous Manchester for a one night only pig feast.  We’ll be pulling an all nighter and cooking 2 whole pigs for you to feast on.   For more info head over here.

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ULTIMATE BACON SANDWICH

Our Famous spin on a classic bacon sarnie

   – bread, butter, bacon and red sauce – but SO MUCH MORE

BACON CHEESEBURGER SLIDER

Super juicy super satisfying mini Famous burger topped with JD maple candies bacon, BBQ shoestring onions, baconnaise and chipotle ketchup

CARNITAS STREET TACO

Inspired by Cali border town street sellers – flash fried flour tortilla, slow roast pork, house made hot sauce and shit the bed good guacamole

FUCK YEAH RIBS

Slow cooked babyback ribs in a sticky fuck yeah sauce made from Famous redneck sauce and The Rib Man HolyFuck sauce

PIG PLATTER

A loaded board of slow cooked BBQ pork with fries slaw and enough sauce to drown Michael Phelps

Southern Summer Barbecue

Enjoy some hot summer August nights with hot southern style barbecue. Cooked straight from a traditional barbecue pit, we’re bringing you barbecue cooking at its best. For a sample menu for the evening, see below. Slow cooked and smoked meats with a healthy helping of hearty sides and our selection of barbecue sauces on hand to sweeten, spice and smoke up your food.

The location of the event will be sent to you 24 hours before hand and we’ll be ready to seat and feed you when you arrive. Keep checking back here as we will be adding more details as we finalise the menu and may be looking for you to give us some guidance on what we finally end up serving.

So book your ticket, bring your own moonshine and grab a plate of classic barbecue chow!

Fire and Salt Cookout

Fire & Salt Cookout

To celebrate the success of Project PIG and share some of the joys of slow-cooked barbecue. To do this we’re hosting a good old-fashioned cook out somewhere in South Manchester – a bit like a supper club but backyard pit BBQ style. On Saturday 16th June we will be cooking up some barbecue meats and fixings for all those lucky enough to book a place.

Below is a sample of the menu. Some items may change for the event depending on availability of ingredients:

We will be asking for a £25 contribution for the event. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and there is no finishing time. Doors open at 19:00.

To get you in the mood, here are a couple of shots from our other barbecues

Project PIG

I am a big lover of barbecue. And to be a bit of a ponse I mean US style southern barbecue as opposed to the stuff we call barbecue. In the south, what we call barbecue is just called grilling. So whats this all got to do with Project PIG? Well, Project PIG is my endeavour to construct a Southern US style open-pit barbecue and then to use said barbecue to cook an entire pig. 

pig
This is a pig

Why do it?

Good question! I’m glad you asked. When you go to a barbecue, 9 times out of 10 you’re not there for the food, its just a way to get fed and an excuse to have a party. You’re there because its an event. So why shouldn’t the food Be the event. So far, everyone I’ve mentioned this project to has been intrigued just to see the thing being cooked. So am I. It is also about the food though and there is also the taste. Based on some calcs (and by that I mean rough estimates) it should take between 20 and 24 hours to cook the thing. Can you imagine what that meat will taste like after 24 hours of slow smoking? I have to know. That’s why I’m doing it.

When is this happening?

The May bank holiday weekend (5th – 7th May) as it will take not only the cooking time but also the setup for the event. Basically, this will take two full days to prep and cook.

How?

In terms of technique and barbecue construction, I’ve looked at several guides and spoken to a few people in the know about size of pig, cooking times and any special technique I should know. As my main guide I will be taking the advise of a man called Tim Russell. To hear Tim’s words of wisdom on the subject, watch the video below. A wise guide through barbecue which I’ve found has an odd re-watch value to it (seen it 4 times now already)

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In terms of the work. I’ll be prepping the design over the next two weeks and working out the logistics of pig transport and manoeuvering. I’ll also be looking to draft in some help for the construction and cooking process as well because  Remember kids: There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Barbeque’

What’s next?

During the build up to the day, I’ll be putting up the design, construction, planning, prep and everything I end up doing to make this happen. This will by the end, either be a ‘How To’ guide or a warning from history. Sod it, Project PIG is a GO. OINK, OINK!!

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23 April 2012 – Drawing up the designs

The last few days have been largely taken up with design. How big does the barbeque need to be? How big will the pig be? How much space will I need? Is there a risk of setting the neighbours shed on fire? These are all pressing questions so I had to break out the sketch book and do some calculations. Here’s how I’m getting on so far.

The plan is to build a two block wall and installed an expanded metal grate to make up the grill. A useful tip I picked up here was to avoid galvanised steel. This will make the food taste wrong and probably have you spewing the best part of your pig into the rose bushes.

(As a side note, the TOP SECRET block here is hiding an idea I came up with as a bit of a special gift for my guests on the day. I can’t really brag about something I haven’t done yet, but I’m fairly excited about whats behind that black square.)

A final layer of block on top with either a sheet metal or timber board on top will then seal it up. As well as the blocks and grate though, I need to work out the base. I’ll be doing this on a paved surface, so to protect the paving, I will either need some sacrificial paving slabs to go under the bbq or a timber sheet covered in tin foil and sand (to protect it from the heat). Whichever option I choose, there are more calculations to be done.

All of this though is just ideas. The next thing I need to determine is the exact size of the pig. I’ve been working on load calculations based on a 20kg pig (gutted), but this may alter depending on what I can get.

On to the fun stuff tomorrow. I’m off to the butchers…

THE EVENT

The Pig Picking: Them’s rich pickin’s

You may notice at the top of this blog is a tab called Project PIG. If you haven’t been there first, Id suggest you do. This will give you all of the background and shortly will contain much more about the day and the build-up. This post is to give you some highlights from one of the tastiest days of the year.

Project PIG had one aim: Could a man with zero pit barbecue experience, take a 30kg pig, a pile of building materials and a sack of ingredients and turn them into succulent, salty, juice-ladened pork. The answer was unreservedly: Yes! The feedback was insane. Everyone loved it and I mean loved it.

I am going to post a ‘How To’ guide from the event. In total it took use three days to construct, test and cook with the pit that we built and I managed a full three hours sleep on the day that we cooked the thing. But this post is about the food not the build. So let’s see the stats on how this little piggy was made into a prize-winning hog.

Firstly the pig. We got ourselves a half pig because I couldn’t physically fit enough people into my house to eat a full size boar. The pig was dressed and provided by W.H. Frost in Chorlton, a top-quality butchers if ever there was one. The also scored the meat before it was dropped off at my car. Once the pig was home, that’s when me and the boys (and girl) went to work on it. Step one was an all-over olive oil rub to crisp up the skin. The low cook temperature of the pit meant we couldn’t just rely on the heat of the flame like you would with a hog roast. Once that was done, next came the injections.

The meat injections – very important

The meat was injected with a sweet marinade made up of apple, white grape, lost of sugar and salt. This was to keep the meat sweet to go with the smoky flavour from the barbeque. This took a while and by the end we were injecting marinade through one hole just to have it pop out of the other (weird). The final step to this process was the dry rub for the inside. A mix of cayenne, garlic powder, paprika and several other sugars and spices went into the inside cavity for extra flavour onve the fat started to melt.

The last thing to do was fire up the pit (which took about 40 minutes), wrap the pig in foil to keep in the heat and then wait. The cooking process took 15 hours and as we were using an indirect heat method, the coals needed to be added to regularly, so we sat down, opened up a bottle of Jack Daniels and babysat that pig right through till morning…

Shhh! We’re putting the pig to bed

The next day, we had to strip the foil off the top of the pig. It had turned a glorious red and there were clear signs aroung the exposed meat of where a smoke ring had started to form (a ring of colour showing the depth of penetration of smoke into the meat).

Half an hour before serving the pig needed to be flipped. Being either brave or sleep deprived, I climbed up onto the grill to flip the pig. As we flipped, we realised how soft and juicy the meat had gone as it almost felt apart on the flip. Just about holding it intact, we gave it a glaze with a secret barbeque sauce using ketchup, garlic, spices and sugar to give it some extra zing. It then got covered for 30 minutes to finish.

“Spiderman, Spiderman.
Flipping a pig, it’s Spiderman”

When it finally came out, it was epic. The glistening glaze on top of that thick, succulent pork was captivating. So being a good host, I encouraged the guests to engage in the time-honoured tradition of ‘pig picking’: Pulling the pork of the pig with your fingers. There was trepidation at first but soon there was jostling at the grill as more and more hands dived in to tear tender meat from this awesome grill.

The carnage was immense, the flavours were epic but most importantly the diners were happy. Very happy in fact, and while the day is over, my house still smells like a Texan barbecue hut and my fridge is full of crackling and pulled pork. Despite this, the best part of the whole thing was the event it made. The meal had a certain pageantry to it, with the exposing of the pig, the flipping of the meat, the glazing of the skin and the devouring of a masterpiece nearly three full days in the making. My only regret is that I’m not cooking another one right now….