Monday, 31 May 2010

British BBQ Society Southern England Championships

BBQ Time: Late May
BBQ Weather: Rain.... and then Sun

Good news, in our first competition we placed in 2 of the 6 categories. We came in 2nd in BBQ sauces and 2nd in Chicken. Rob from up North pipped us on the sauces (he knows his chilli) and a bunch of crazy South Africans (Kalahari daredevils I think?) threw us off our game @ 2am with the cheapest tequila on the face of the planet to beat us in chicken. We had a great time and all credit needs to go to Toby and the team from the British BBQ Society for the amazing organisational effort. As a team we learnt alot from the other competitors and met some interesting characters to boot.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Beef Ribs

BBQ Date: Mid May
BBQ Weather: Bright but fresh
I stopped by the Ginger Pig in Borough Market the other day to pick up a couple of racks of baby back ribs – practice for the upcoming “Mayhem in May” competition being held by the British BBQ Society.  They didn’t have baby backs, only some mean looking shiners (ribs with the lots of bone shining through the meat), so I left disappointed.  But my subconscious had recognised something more interesting, which I couldn’t pass up.  I went back to the shop and bought this pair of racks of beef ribs.
The Ginger Pig is one of the best producers of meat in the UK and their beef is fantastic.  The standing rib roasts are glorious and cost serious money.  These bad boys were cut from the same, aged beef and despite their enormous, flintstone-like mass cost a mere £3.50 each.  They smelt absolutely beautiful – sweet, fatty, ruby red meat and great big chunky bones.

Saturday, 1 May 2010