Review: Oakridge BBQ

I was first introduced to Oakridge BBQ’s range of international award winning, artisan handmade barbecue rubs and grilling spices at Grillstock last year.  Mark Slatter and James Loye of UK BBQ Team ‘Ditch Brisket’ were there for the weekend, and kindly let me sample some of them.  They were incredibly enthusiastic about the Oakridge products, and…

Kelly’s Kansas Steak Rub

It’s here!  Thanks to rub and sauce maestro, John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm in North Devon, there is now a brand new steak rub available to buy that carries my name! And it’s stunning!  This is what John says about Kelly’s Kansas Steak Rub … ‘Inspired by our friend Kelly Bramill’s love of a KC style steak rub…

Review: Smokewood Shack

At the very beginning of my journey into smoking, I was quickly introduced to James of Smokewood Shack.  He came highly recommended by far too many people for me to ignore.  But having sampled smoking wood products from other suppliers, all of which I’d been very happy with, it was a simple telephone conversation with the man…

Review: Bob’s Family Butchers, Hatfield

Mark Burley, and his wife Vanessa, are the proprietors of Bob’s Family Butchers located in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.  Mark began working there when he was 12 years old until he left school, but even then he continued to help out during the Christmas period every year. It appears butchery remained in his blood, because years later he…

Review: BBQ Fuel Dome

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that prove to be the most effective.  That’s definitely the case when it comes to the BBQ fuel dome, or vortex as most of the BBQ community commonly refer to it. To say I  was sceptical, despite praise from some die hard vortex fans and seasoned Q’ers, was a bit…

Event Review: The Food Life

A few weeks ago saw the much anticipated launch of ‘The Food Life’ street food market, held at East Haven beach in Angus. I was fortunate enough to make it along to sample some of the fabulous local produce and catch up with the passionate food and drink producers who’ve decided to come together to…

Review : Bristol Drum Smokers

The first time I saw an Ugly Drum Smoker I knew I had to have one. I’d heard mention of them on the BBQ and smoking forums and I’ll be honest…I had to google it. Often know by the abbreviation ‘UDS’, these smokers are basically steel oil drums converted to smoke food using various pieces…

Review: Palmetto Moonshine from Shine London

Moonshine is un-aged, corn bases whiskey with it’s illicit, colourful and incredibly interesting US history dating back to the 18th century.  It was the history and culture surrounding it, as well as the flavour, that sparked the interest of Shine’s co-founders Stephen Morgan and Matt Gatfield whilst on a road trip along the East Coast…

Review: Thüros Tabletop Grill

I’ve planned on bringing you some BBQ/food related reviews for a while now, and I thought what better way to start than with the German made Thuros Tabletop Grill. I’ve had a really good opportunity to put this fabulous little grill through it’s paces in the last couple of weeks, and I have to say….I’m…