What charcoal do you use when you barbecue? Whatever you can find in the supermarket? Maybe you’re more bbq savvy and use brands like Big K instead. Have you ever thought about looking for a local producer of charcoal? No? I think you should give it a go and here’s why. Continue reading The Benefits of Good Charcoal: Sweet Green Chilli Pork Shoulders
I haven’t posted anything to my blog for a very long time. My domain had expired and my drive to write anything had disappeared. I have loved barbecue food for a long time but my ignorance meant that I didn’t make the most of what I had. Although I have a large Weber Mastertouch at my disposal – I mistakenly believed that they could only be used for grilling. I think most of the UK public incorrectly hold a similar view. What I really wanted to do was smoke some meat but I couldn’t afford to buy a dedicated smoker. After watching videos of Frankin BBQ on Youtube I was sure that an offset smoker was the way to go. I even tried to build my own filing cabinet smoker but it just didn’t work (despite the popularity of the post) and I gave up. The dream of smoking the all mighty brisket at home was all but guaranteed never to happen. Continue reading The Reigniting of my Passion for Barbecue and Smoking.
A bit of fun today. Nothing too serious 🙂
Now and again I drift off into my own little world. My imagination runs wild and the world is for the taking. Suddenly I can imagine a life where I can make all my dreams come true! Start my own business, write a book, travel the world or cook something so incredible that people queue hours to eat at my restaurant. Perhaps it’s hope more than anything but I think we all have these moments and it’s great! At least I hope so or I am starting to sound very strange. Our imagination makes everything possible so why not right?
Well today I had one of these moments. It started with me just thinking about what I fancied to eat. Then I thought about what I might have if I could have anything I liked. Doesn’t matter where from or who cooked it…. I could ask for it and it would be here. I had trouble choosing and so I started to think about what it would be like if I could eat all my favourite food, everything I have ever tried and loved or am yet to try in one place. One unbelievable, mouth watering and perfect restaurant.
Sounds great right?! I bet your starting to think about what you would choose right now.
Sunday I tested my smoker for the first time. This is how it looks at the moment.
Ok… It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world but I do believe with a lick of paint it will scrub up quite nice. But who really cares what it looks like?!
I thought that it might be finished but… unfortunately I discovered it was not. I have, however, learned some lessons and by next week it will be ready.
This was the first time I have had an entire day on the weekend to really knuckle down and get some work done on the smoker. Here’s what happened.
Today I am going to ‘review’ Lilo Newport, Grill House & Juice Bar. Lilo Newport is a restaurant/takeaway serving authentic middle eastern food. The reviews I have read give a positive impression of the restaurant and the food looked good so I gave it a go.
First of all lets discuss what I ordered and how it is described on the menu.