I love smoking! There’s something about the smell of smoke in the air that makes me hungry and that didn’t happen before my passion for outdoor cooking to hold. On this day I’m smoking lamb shoulder and pork shanks. I’ve smoked lamb shoulder a few times and it’s always fantastic. This time I decided to pull the lamb shoulder for tacos which is slightly more unusual for me. Even more unusual are the pork shanks. Never cooked them. Never eaten them. Decided to cook them similarly to the lamb and see what happens.Continue reading Lamb Shoulder Tacos & Pork Shanks
This is something I have wanted to try for quite some time. I have only used the rotisserie on a couple of occasions. The rotisserie beef worked brilliantly. I struggled a little more with the chicken but I just knew that it would be perfect for a nice joint of pork.Continue reading Rotisserie Pork Loin Crackling Joint
I asked my butcher, Chris Hayman Butchers, for some really meaty ribs. “Leave the belly on but remove the rind” I said. Well I certainly got what I asked for because this slab was absolutely huge! I considered trimming it down but then decided to just go for it and cook the whole thing. I was excited to see how this would turn out. Can never have too much meat right? I had some new rubs and sauces from the fantastic local company Brybeque to try out so I thought I would give those a go.Continue reading Brybeque Rubbed Pork Ribs/Belly
I picked up this pork chop joint from Chris Hayman Butchers. Normally they would be cut into separate chops but I decided to keep them together and roast it over fire. No special rub. No time costly brining – Which is also fantastic by the way. Just loads of Maldon Salt. Resiliant Woodlands Charcoal and silver birch wood for smoke.Continue reading Simple But Amazing Pork Chops
This cook was definitely an experiment for me. I have never brined anything before despite seeing the technique used regularly for competition BBQ. When I came across this recipe in ‘HOG’, a cook book I have owned for quite a while, I knew I should give it a go. So I did. This cook has also inspired the new series of blog posts entitled ‘Cook From a Book’. I won’t detail the entire recipe because you can go buy the book if you like the look of it but I’ll describe roughly what I did and how it all went.
Yesterday was my first smoke in a while. I’m still quite new to this so every cook is an adventure and I seriously enjoy every moment of it. This time I decided to try smoking a whole turkey breast and some pork ribs. I also cooked some cheesy garlic bread and jacket potatoes as sides. I’m always slightly nervous that I might ruin the meat when I am smoking due to my inexperience but this time I was thrilled with the outcome. Continue reading Smoked Pork Ribs and Turkey Breast.
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
As some of you may know, last weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Shebeen Festival 2015. You can read a little about it here if you are interested. It was fantastic. The entertainment was brilliant, but the highlight and the main reasons I made the trip to Manchester for the festival were the food.
Among other things, I particularly enjoyed The Busan BBQ’s Pork Belly. The pork belly had a great flavour and spice which worked fantastically with the apple and cabbage slaw. I wanted to make this at home and set about finding out how. Continue reading COOKING: PORK BELLY BUN
Recently, I haven’t posted many reviews to this blog. For a number of reasons, mainly that I am busy doing the same stuff I do most days and because I usually have to wait until payday before I can afford to eat out. I have been trying to find more businesses to review from in and around my area. I hoped to go out last weekend and find something really good. Something that would excite my readers and although I believe I did find something really brilliant with Elm Tree Pies and The Cherry Tree, it certainly was not Retro Diner. This is my ‘review’ of Retro Diner in Abergavenny.
This will be the first negative review I have written. I almost don’t want to post it but for what purpose? Even the Twitter page says, “Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad!”. I would only be doing you a disservice by not telling you about my disappointing experience. Continue reading Retro Diner: Abergavenny
Last weekend I found myself wandering around Abergavenny with my daughter. Shopping, soaking up the sun (surprisingly) and looking for something I might be able to talk about on this blog. I ended up with a few things to talk about. One bad experience but also one or two brilliant discoveries. Elm Tree Foods pies being one of them! Continue reading Elm Tree Foods: Pies