As our eventful year draws to a close, we wanted to thank each and everyone of you for supporting us with such enthusiasm through 2014. From pubs and clubs to outdoor and indoor events, we’ve had a blast at each and every one of them, and of course, the biggest thanks goes to everyone that’s queued for the ‘cue, eaten our smoked goodies and bought our sauces.
We’ve got some exciting stuff planned for next year which will include monthly events, supplying our wares to local businesses and hitting the festival circuit. We don’t have any plans for a new, weekly residency as yet, but our monthly Cardiff events (locations TBC), launching with some new ideas, should enable you to get your Hang Fire ‘cue fix on a regular basis.
A RECAP ON A WONDERFUL YEAR
So the beginning of the year, we started The Lansdowne residency, of which the announcement trended on Twitter. Still one of the busiest pop-ups we had, it was craziness, I’m sure anyone that went can testify to that! Then we did Abergavenny Food Festival, the most meat we’ve ever produced and sold in one hit and from there on…
The New Pilot, Penarth (Sept-Nov)
We really enjoyed bringing ‘smoke on the water’ to the Penrthians at our Pilot residency. We sold out every night and must’ve fed most of Penarth at our 12 week pop-up. From the management, to the staff and hungry ‘cue lovers, new and old, we had a great time at a super pub.
THEN… The Depot with the Street Feast Cardiff Collective (Nov-Dec)
We’d been wanting to do something with the Street Feast guys for ages, but neither of us could make the timings work. We were really pleased that we could squeeze two weekends in at The Depot at the end of our Pilot residency and just before we started our customer Christmas orders. It was amazing fun and about time Cardiff had something like this going on.
We’d not seen the like since we left the London or The States. It was a proper food rave, and long may Street Feast Cardiff continue to bring innovative ways to bring great independent eateries together for the greater good.
Creative Rural Communities ‘Big Thanks’ BBQ lunch (Dec)
So we were invited to cater for the ‘great and the good’ of the Vale of Glamorgan by Creative Rural Communities, a civil body set up to assist new business start-ups in the Vale of Glamorgan. We treated them to the finest, locally reared and free range brisket and pulled pork plus our southern-style sides. They absolutely loved it, including MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, Jane Hutt.
We’ve always made everything ourselves, no shop bought rubs, side dishes, meats or sauces. This is something we pride ourselves on and if you’re going to the trouble of sourcing the best local meats, smoking them for the best part of a day, you may as well make sauces that sit just right with them. They’ve always been available, free of charge, on the tables wherever we go. And as if we invented the science of rockets, we thought it would be a great idea to stock them with independent retailers. The Penylan Pantry, ran by two of the best girls in Cardiff (fact), took a batch off our hands as did, the ridiculously handsome, Jack (another fact), of Elephant & Bun Deli, Cowbridge. They’ve flown off the shelves, which is great news. More stockists to be revealed in the New year. Plus we launched two new Louisiana Hot Sauces which have gone down a storm. The wonderfully talented Phil Morgan did our illustration for us and we LOVE it!
YOU & YOURS...
And as if the year wasn’t filled with enough excitement, Shauna’s beloved BBCRadio 4 came down to see us to do a feature on ‘pop up retailers’, featuring snippets from us, for the You & Yours show. It was aired at 12.15pm 22nd Dec. Sam’s miffed because she was edited down to say ‘..and these are wood pellets’. Ah well, more broadcasting faux pas are in the pipeline for next year… more on that next year.
HUGH & YOURS (truly!)
Oh, and this happened just before Christmas… Hugh happened to be passing and popped in for a plate of ‘cue with his lovely wife. We leant him a couple of forks of he kindly returned with high praise of the barbecue. Result!
And last but not least, we decided to see if there would be anyone interested in having us smoke a turkey, ham, side of beef, duck, hotlinks etc for Christmas. To say we’ve never seen, brined and smoked so much poultry and smoked so many hams in our lives would be an understatement! The orders flew in and we all collected from the shop 21-23 Dec. We gallons of mulled cider on the go, a double bass player and a guitarist to greet folks and plenty of festive cheer going on. I’m sure it would have been one of the more ‘unique’ call and collect operations anyone’s ever seen before!
And that’s a wrap folks, we’ll be back in February 2015 to tell you all about the plans we have afoot for next year and look forward to filling your bellies with our barbecue once again. Not to be too repetitive, but a HUGE thanks to each and every one of you for being so supportive to our little business, long may it continue, long may we smoke!
Have a fantastic 2015 and we’ll see ya’ll very soon.
Sam & Shauna