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We won! BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards ‘Best Street Food’

5 May
The winning screen at the awards

The winning screen at the awards

Oh happy day our friends, and the biggest thanks goes out to ya’ll for voting for us in the first round.We were shocked and elated to have been selected as the judges choice to take home the prize of being voted the UK’s ‘Best Street Food’.

The award ceremony for the 2015 BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards was held on the College Green in Bristol 30/04. Rubbing shoulders with the chefs and restauraneurs we’ve loved from t’telly was a surreal experience at best. You can hear the show here, we recommend you listen to the whole thing, our category and acceptance speech is about 20 mins in. Listen here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sst63

Hang Fire Sam was also on BBC Radio Wales Jamie Owens show this Sunday, talking all things BBQ, well mainly trying to talk about smoking, but Jamie though we grilled! Luckily we brought samples of our wares (and our beer) to clairfy the difference! We’re on the last half hour. Listen here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05t763m#auto

Hang Fire Sam at the BBC studios dishing up the smoked pork belly for Jamie Owen

Hang Fire Sam at the BBC studios dishing up the smoked pork belly for Jamie Owen

And the show, or the circus must go on! We had a fabulous weekend trading at Street Food Circus. The mad May weather didn’t deter anyone (thanks to the massive Big Top dining area) and we sold many many ‘Meat The Pretzels’. please check our latest blog post for dates we’re there.

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A first for Wales, 'Meat the Prezel' in colaboration with master patisserier, CocoRico of Cardiff

A first for Wales, ‘Meat the Prezel’ in colaboration with master patisserier, CocoRico of Cardiff

That’s all for now folks. Don’t forget to come get your now award winning (ahem!) BBQ fix from us at Street Food Circus.
Massive #BBQLove to you all, can’t tell you how much we appreciate your love and support.
Sam & Shauna

Brewdog, new tricks…

5 Feb

PLEASE NOTE, This is an old post, last BrewDog night was 23 April.

Happy 2015 everyone! After a well earned break during January, we’re back, and smoking hot for the rest of the year. We won’t be doing a residency style pop-up , instead we’ll do monthly events and street food style BBQ up and down the country, to make sure ya’ll get y

 

our fix of quality barbecue. 

We’re excited to announce the start of a series of kitchen takeovers, the first with the award winning aficionados of British-made beer, Brewdog in Cardiff. To kick it all off, we have three, monthly events with craft beer legends, where we’ll showcase USA State variations of barbecue. We’ll take you from Austin to Asheville and Lexington to Louisiana.  And of course, the beer pairings will be off the hook, there’s talk of exclusive, speciality brews from Welsh brewers. Lovely Nathaniel Williams, General Manager at Brewdog, even promises to bring ‘a special cask’ from the cellar for you!

 

Please note: There are no bookings for this event, first come first fed until we run out of barbecue. Also Texas BBQ will be all about the beef,  Carolina BBQ is all about pork and Bayou BBQ is a little of everything, NOLA style.

There’s no business like ‘Smoke’ business…see you in 2015!

28 Dec

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…

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The wonderful Team Pilot!

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.

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Sam with the newest edition to the family, our handmade Texas Grill aka Big Momma Thornton, named after one of our favourite Texas born singers

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.

Here we are with Lis Burnett and Jane Hutt MP

Here we are with Lis Burnett and Jane Hutt MP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAUCY TIMES….

Us, our sauces and the gorgeous girls at The Penylan Pantry

Us, our sauces and the gorgeous girls at The Penylan Pantry

Shauna and Jack at The Elephant & Bun Deli, Cowbridge

Shauna and Jack at The Elephant & Bun Deli, Cowbridge

Our delicious hot sauces with an awesome illustration by Cardiff's premier illustrator, Phil Morgan (he took this pic too actually!)

Our delicious hot sauces with an awesome illustration by Cardiff’s premier illustrator, Phil Morgan (he took this pic too actually!)

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.tumblr_lmf5sqI6O51qgzh5j

 

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!

Us and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at our Shop in Llantwit Major

Us and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at our Shop in Llantwit Major

 

CHRISTMAS ORDERS….

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.
#Bbqlove
Sam & Shauna

Lovely 'cue lovers collecting from the shop... and yes, that is Bad Santa....

Lovely ‘cue lovers collecting from the shop… and yes, that is Bad Santa…

Food Festivals, getting saucy and setting up shop…

10 Oct

So we’ve had a blast this Summer from feeding thousands at Abergavenny Food Festival to bedding into village life in Llantwit Major to smoking out the good folk of Penarth at our pop-up at The Pilot. Here’s a few pics of the madness from Abergavenny, then we’ll talk about getting your smoked meat orders in for Christmas… yes, we did just type Christmas, and yes, we know it’s hardly October!

ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL IN PICTURES… pics courtesy of our friend, Matthew Cook of Biscuit Pictures

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AND NOW WE’RE GETTING SAUCY (AND A BIT PORKY!)

So our friends at Pizza Pronto in Penarth (@pizzapenarth) are now loading our authentic pulled pork on their beautifully formed, pizzas for October’s Pizza Month. More ways to get your Hang Fire porcine fix. And closer to home for us, the delectable deli, Elephant & Bun of Cowbridge (@elephantandbun) are about to stock our home made sauces, our first stockist…whoohoo! If you’re interested in getting your hands on any of our smoked meats, rubs and sauces asides from the above fine vendors, here’s some good news…

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WE’RE TAKING ORDERS, FOR CHRISTMAS, AT THE SHOP!

Yes yes ya’ll, we have a call and collect system happening for all smoked meats, sauces, rubs and more from Dec 1st 2014. The shop isn’t open for browsing as such as we smoke to order, so make sure you get in touch before you come along and see us. We have a price list of fine meats, from turkey crowns, brined in aromatics and smoked to perfection to whole welsh lamb legs, Gessingham duck breasts plus all our beloved southern-style bbq meats. You can buy a little or a lot, it’s up to you, if you’ve got the cash, we’ve got the ‘cue. Drop us a line at hangfirebbq@gmail.com and we’ll send you the price list, how to pay, when to collect and all that stuff.

LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…

We’ve been having a great time at The Pilot, Penarth (@thepilotpenarth), really busy and being able to book a table has gone down really well. We’ve been refining our menu to include burnt ends and hush puppies as permanent features as well as the delectable Texas Hot Links. Shauna seems to have found her calling by making bacon ice-cream (sells out in minutes!) to go with delicious home made pecan pie or light-as-a-feather chocolate brownies. Hugo Ball from Cardiff Life Magazine came in and reviewed us at The Pilot a week or so ago, and check out the awesome pics by Owen Matthias Photography – where the heck did he find a wood basket?! Review as a PDF here 01.10.14 Cardiff Life Magazine -Hangfire Smokehouse owenmathias.com--1811-2

We have a Witches Brews, Blues and BBQ night lined up at The Full Moon, so come get your spicy BBQ on with us and hang out, drink some beers, eat some ‘cue and listen to some epic music on 31 October.

So in the words of Porky Pig…Th-th-that’s all folks! Hope to see you for some mulled cider and meat collections at our shop, or rocking out at The Pilot or hopefully at The Depot with those clever little sausages from Street Feast Cardiff – if the preview was anything to go by it’s going to be epic when it opens for winter!

#BBQLOVE to one and all
Sam & Shauna

The Pilot and The Goonies

13 Aug

HFSH_PILOT BANNER2We’re excited to announce our new pop-up will be at recently renovated, The Pilot, in Penarth (67 Queen’s Rd, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1DJ). The Pilot team really bowled us over with their passion for great beer, great food and focus on customer service. We can’t wait to work with manager, Phil (he’s a huge BBQ fan, so we’re already on the good foot!).
We’re kicking off proceedings with their American Craft Beer & BBQ beer festival on August Bank Holiday weekend, we’ll be there Friday night and all day Saturday with a taster of our barbecue for those who haven’t tried it yet.

Debuting at The Beer Festival

Debuting at The Beer Festival

Don’t worry ‘cue lovers, our southern barbecue staples aren’t going anywhere, from ribs to brisket to our pulled pork, but we’re adding a few deep south inspired dishes that we picked up on our soul food pilgrimage. We’ve tried a few of these dishes at our previous events, and they’ve been so popular, that we’ll be making them permanent members on the menu for this pop-up.

DETAILS…

We’re at The Pilot on a Thursday night only (5.30pm – 9pm), for 3 months AND (drum roll please…) we are taking bookings (however, not for the August Bank Holiday American Beer BBQ Festival). If you want to make a booking for a Thursday night, 4 September to 27 November, you’ll need call the friendly Pilot team (not us) on 029 2071 0615. Never fear if it’s all booked up, we still have some tables saved for walk ins. So, if the sudden urge for barbecue overcomes you on a particular Thursday, and you haven’t booked, swing by and we’ll do our best to get you fed.

MOTLEY MOVIES PRESENTS ‘THE GOONIES’ with HANG FIRE SMOKEHOUSE

The mobile movie guys, Motley Movies, kindly asked us to feed the cinema goers who will be there to watch one of our most favourite movies, The Goonies, up on the rooftop of Jacobs Market (30 August). There’ll be a whole lotta BBQ sandwiches ‘n’ fixins happening, all inspired by the characters. There’ll be an italian nod to Mama Fratelli, of course, a Truffle Shuffle and even a Baby Ruth inspired dessert. We’ve gone a little over the top, but heck, when else can we make a trailer trash of a sandwich called The Sloth! The tickets are pretty much sold out, but keep an eye out on Motely Movies social media for any returns or folks selling them. Truffle Shuffle

#bbqlove
Sam & Shauna
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PS Ahem, *cough* did we mention that we had backstage passes to Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke Tour in Cardiff last month?  It helped that we know her drummer, but of course, they only wanted us for our barbecue, so we fed the band and crew after the epic show. They loved it!
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Smoke on the water at The Pilot in Penarth

7 Jul

HFSH_PILOT BANNER2We’re excited to announce our new pop-up will be at recently renovated, The Pilot, in Penarth (67 Queen’s Rd, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1DJ). The Pilot team really bowled us over with their passion for great beer, great food and focus on customer service. We can’t wait to work with manager, Phil (he’s a huge BBQ fan, so we’re already on the good foot!).
We’re kicking off proceedings with their American Craft Beer & BBQ beer festival on August Bank Holiday weekend, we’ll be there Friday night and all day Saturday with a taster of our new menu additions.

Debuting at The Beer Festival

Debuting at The Beer Festival

Don’t worry ‘cue lovers, our southern barbecue staples aren’t going anywhere, from ribs to brisket to our pulled pork, but we’re adding a few deep south inspired dishes that we picked up on our soul food pilgrimage. We’ve tried a few of these dishes at our previous events, and they’ve been so popular, that we’ll be making them permanent members on the menu for this pop-up.

DETAILS…

We’re at The Pilot on a Thursday night only (5.30pm – 9pm), for 3 months AND (drum roll please…) we are taking bookings (however, not for the August Bank Holiday American Beer BBQ Festival). If you want to make a booking for a Thursday night, 4 September to 27 November, you’ll need call the friendly Pilot team (not us) on 029 2071 0615. Never fear if it’s all booked up, we still have some tables saved for walk ins. So, if the sudden urge for barbecue overcomes you on a particular Thursday, and you haven’t booked, swing by and we’ll do our best to get you fed.

We’ll also be at lots of the Womanby Street Pop-Up events (every other Sunday from 6th July through to September). Keep an eye on our facebook page & Twitter feeds for when we’re there.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1418274601780020/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

As always, massive thank you to everyone that’s supported us, and continues to show us all that #bbqlove
Sticky bbq sauce hugs from your shmokin’ girls,
Sam & Shauna
xx

PS Ahem, *cough* did we mention that we had backstage passes to Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke Tour in Cardiff last week?  It helped that we know her drummer but of course, they only wanted us for our barbecue, so we fed the band and crew after the epic show. They loved it!
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New Year, New Venues…

24 Nov

Hey ya’ll! A quick catch up and some important news about your friendly, neighbourhood barbecuers.

TOP 28 PLACES TO EAT IN WALES
We’ve recently been selected as one of the top 28 places to eat in Wales by Wales Online!
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/food-drink/best-restaurants-wales-28-amazing-6340165

HOWLIN’ AT FULL MOON
First up, the start of a sinful partnership with the awesome Full Moon, the mecca of live, loud music in Cardiff. Our Blues, Booze & BBQ night was one of the best nights out we’d had out since our return from the States, oh, and we brought some BBQ to the party too. We came armed with 1/2 racks of slow smoked, meaty, Memphis Style ribs n fixins’, Full Moon served up boiler makers (American craft beer and a quality bourbon) for just £5 and then topped the lot with some brilliant ‘alt’ blues that had the joint rockin’. Keep an eye out for more from the Full Moon and us in the New year.  Here’s a link to some picks from newbie Cardiff food and drink blogger, Jordan Harris http://thegrillandbarrel.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/hang-fire-smokehouse-brings-blue-booze-and-bbqs-to-cardiff/

Talking of Jordan Harris, he also interviewed us for his blog a week or so ago. It’s a lovely feature in which he uncovers who we were and what we did pre-bbq (we could bearly remember ourselves!) http://thegrillandbarrel.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-hang-fire-smokehouse-story/

Calm before the storm at The Full Moon

LAST WIENER WEDNESDAY OF 2013
We also had our last ‘Smoke Dawgs Wiener Wednesday’ at The Canadian on 20th Nov. Your support for our Wiener Wednesdays has been overwhelming. Perhaps it’s our authentic recipe toppings that we picked up in the States, paired with the best, and most authentic franks in Wales by @CharcutierLtd and indulgent, traditional ‘New England’ brioche dog buns from @OneMileBakery that make them so good. We nailed the final 6 hot dog menu that we think you liked (we sold out in under 2 hrs, that’s over 150 Dawg gone!). We also had live bluegrass from our favourite boys, La Fonteurs and were joined by the great and the good of the Wales’ food blogging scene. We’re rehoming the Dawgs for 2014, details of where that will be will follow in January.

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WE’RE LEAVING THE CANADIAN AT THE END OF DECEMBER…
Which brings us to some melancholy news. Hang Fire Smokehouse are leaving the Canadian. Our final night is 21st December. Why, oh why you cry? Well, firstly, as a pop-up, we want to explore other venues and collaborate with other producers to spread the gospel of barbecue to the good folks of Wales.  Considering we were supposed to be at The Canadian for 3 months and we’re still there 8 months later, is testament to how much of a great time we’ve been having. We want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support for our slow and low ‘cue every week. We hope you’ll keep the enthusiasm going for 2014 as we’ve got some super exciting plans coming up that will see us all over the city and beyond in the New Year. January will see us moving to new kitchen facilities and working on new recipes ready to relaunch in February. So keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and this blog at the start of the year.

LAST NIGHT AT THE CANADIAN 21 DECEMBER
Also, as we anticipate our last night will be busy so we’re having a big ole’ hillbilly knees up, there’ll be a set menu of your fave bbq foods as opposed the the full menu (to make sure you get served quickly!). Hang Fire fan and songbird, Ellie Makes Music, will be giving us a send off that night, plus a few other special rambunctious guests. We’d love to have a few bourbons with you and dance the night away (as much as we can with bellies full of ‘cue). So come on down, let’s have a knees up!

CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Lastly, we have Christmas Parties booked in Saturday 7th and 14th, there will be our super delicious Christmas cantina menu served then. This is a bookings only night and both dates are looking pretty full. So please get in touch asap if you want to come down that night as they’ll be classed as a private party and unfortunately the pub will be closed to ‘walk in’ diners.

IN OTHER NEWS…
Guess who popped down for BBQ in between WOMEX duties… we also had a mention on her 6 Music radio show last week, right after she played an epic song about BBQ! Here’s the clip… 

Cerys loves her 'cue

Okay ya’ll, we’ll be keeping you updated on what’s next. BBQ love to one and all,

Your Hang Fire gals,
Sam & Shauna
xx

Dawgs, Brews, Blues and BBQs

10 Oct

A quick update on the next Smoke Dawgs Wiener Wednesday No.2, The Canadian’s Beer & Cider Festival, Blues, Brews and BBQ night with the Full Moon and upcoming Hillbilly Christmas parties.

SMOKE DAWGS WIENER WEDNESDAY
Firstly, Smoke dawgs, what a night hosted by The Canadian. The gorgeous Ellie Makes Music performed for us all, over 140 Smoke Dawgs flew out of the kitchen and our contributors in the food department @CharcutierLtd @innercitypickles @Onemilebakery and @jonesoGymru were all there to see how their produce played out in our meaty medley.

Our small menu of five authentic, American recipe, Dawgs and our Smoke Dawg, went down really well. We had two from New York and Detroit, one from Chicago and our own Hang Fire Smoke Dawg, (which of course contained BBQ). We invited the great and the good from Cardiff’s food blogging community and asked them for their valued opinion.
Award winning food blogger @GourmetGorro had this to say:
http://gourmetgorro.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/smoke-dawgs-by-hang-fire-smokehouse.html

@rinichat thought this:
http://arewehavingstarters.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/smoke-dawgs-at-hang-fire-bbq/

@haum (who had the veggie dawgs!) said this:
http://renatopequito.com/2013/10/07/wiener-wednesdays/

L to R: Chicago Dog, New York Sabrett and the Hang Fire Smoke Dawg with pulled pork and chow chow

L to R: Chicago Dog, New York Sabrett and the Hang Fire Smoke Dawg with pulled pork and chow chow

We also had lots of great feedback from everyone that came and are looking forward to round two of our Wiener Wednesdays  on October 16, again, at The Canadian CF24 1PN. There is also a 2 for £11 deal on all Smoke Dawgs (it’s absolutley not wrong to have two for your tea!)

We’ve kept the best loved Smoke Dawgs from the previous Wiener Wednesday, and will introduce another fab four to tantalise your taste buds, including two from San Francisco that are bacon wrapped, that’s right, we said b-a-c-o-n  w-r-a-p-p-e-d! Here’s the facebook invite for you and anyone you want to share it with:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1421636484716120/

BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL with loads of BBQ!
And there’s this at the weekend, Oct 11-13th… Our BBQ all weekend: Fri & Sat night from 5.30pm and a Sunday lunch session from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The range of local beers chosen are bloody bendigedig. How we’re going to stay sober enough to serve your ‘cue is anyone’s guess! Beer and Chick’n are natural bedfellows (?!), so on special, we’re smokin’ 1/2 free range birds with a sweet and spicy BBQ , bourbon glaze and a our fresh herb, Ranch dressing (an adaptation of a tasty wee recipe we picked up in San Fransisco).

Canadian Beer & Cider Festival

Full MoonNext Up… The legendary Full Moon

Famed for it’s fine music and hard liquor…and now, Southern style American BBQ. Thursday, November 7th sees a collaboration between your friendly, neighbourhood ‘cuers and the music mecca of Cardiff to bring you Blues, Brews & BBQ. Your Hang Fire girls will be serving hot, smokey racks of ribs and the Full Moon boys will keep the American beers and fine grain liquor flowing. There’ll be rocking bands, good times and you’ll be there, thinking its your birthday, and we’re all here to celebrate it! We’ll post more details on Facebook/Twitter in the coming week.

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Fancy a ‘Ya’llternative to town’ Christmas party?

Sorry to bring it up and it’s not even past Hallowe’en yet, but we just wanted to say we have a few dates left in December if you wanted to book your ‘Ya’llternative to town’ Christmas party with us at The Canadian. We have a two course BBQ buffet (served by us – and you may even get to see Sam the chef if we unchain her from the smoker) with a backdrop of original live music, great brews and a super relaxed festive atmosphere. Get in touch if you’d like details.

Ok, that’s all for ya’ll for now. Look forward to ‘cueing for you soon!

Sam & Shauna
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Summer time….and the living is smokey….

11 Jun

The sun is shining…kinda, and your local neighbourhood barbecuers are gearing up for a hot and smokey Summer.
It’s been really busy for barbecue at The Canadian on our Friday’s and Saturdays. We’ve seen an influx of our American cousins come and check us out for that smokey taste of home. Thankfully, we’ve had the thumbs up for authenticity. Glad we did our homework and made it our mission to try the best barbecue in the US. You’ve got to have a benchmark of what tastes the best, otherwise how do you know what your producing is even close to being right?

We also went to Grillstock in Bristol and demonstrated a bullet smoker called the ProQ. A very fine piece of kit it is too, great for the backyard barbecuer. This is a decent place to start if you want to give this a go at home. We’re happy to give you some meat rubs if you pop in, also drop us a line if you want any tips, tricks or recipes. There’s no secrets here, we’d love more people to start making barbecue.

Sam, the Hang Fire Pitt Boss, prepping some meat for the lucky folks of Grillstock to munch on

Sam, the Hang Fire Pitt Boss, prepping some meat for the lucky attendees of Grillstock to munch on. Butt Rub® make some great meat rubs, check out man-food.co.uk for more info

We’ve also seen a few new additions to our June menu. We now do baby ‘cue, which are kids portions of our smokey goodness. We are strictly a chicken nugget free zone! Kids all over the States love the ‘cue as much as the adults and nothing makes our hearts sink faster than rubbish childrens menu’s.

We’ve also have introduced another delish house made sauce;  dark, rich, piquant  Texas Espresso Sauce. Perfectly partners the brisket…

Our own recipe house made espresso sauce. Dark, rich and handsome (insert your own joke!)

Our own recipe house made espresso sauce. Dark, rich and handsome (insert your own joke!)

Which leads us nicely onto…brisket! We’ve managed to source decent beef brisket (absolutely has to have the fatty point end attached, usually it doesn’t, and gets rolled up and tied, avoid this for barbecue). Now we have a reliable source (beautiful Welsh Black Beef *happy sigh*) so it’s permanently on our menu. We serve a 1/2lb on doorstop Texas Toast (basically a fancy garlic bread) and keep the brisket moist by retaining all the smoking juices and drippings and use those to gently warm it through before serving. It’s insanely good.

Beef Brisket on Texas Toast with a side of seasoned fries and 'slaw

Beef Brisket on Texas Toast with a side of seasoned fries and ‘slaw

We’ve also partnered up with the fabulously talented, True Taste Gold Award winning, Inner City Pickle http://www.innercitypickle.co.uk/   to make our desserts and pickles for us. Hey, we’re good at barbecue, so why not partner up with someone that’s amazing at pickles and desserts? We are a little bit in love with Eira, her enthusiasm is infectious and her produce is spot on. Check out the Key Lime and Pecan Pie she makes for us…

Served warm with vanilla ice-cream, packed with flavour.

Pecan Pie from Inner City Pickle. Served warm with vanilla ice-cream, packed with flavour, a lovely treat with no gunk or junk, just home made goodness.

Key Lime Pie by Inner City Pickle. So light and zesty after a meat feast. Hard to keep our paws off it!

Key Lime Pie. So light and zesty after a meat feast. Its a doorstop of a slice too!

We’ve been lucky enough to have another food blogger review us. @cffoodproject popped down to see us a few weeks ago and seemed to be inspired by our story and what we stand for when it comes to BBQ. Read Lauren’s article here http://www.food-project.net/2013/06/hang-fire-smokehouse.html
To adapt a line from the Gettysberg Address …[Barbecue] is for the people, by the people (Abe wasn’t referring to bbq btw!). Its roots are born out of poverty and hardship, so the cheap cuts of meat take a long time to render into something delicious and edible. There is nothing pretentious about this style of food, it has heart and soul and you should feel the love when you eat it. Simple, meaty goodness. Not over sauced, not over smoked.
We get emotional when we talk about barbecue… anyway, it’s time for us to go fire up the smoker for the weekend, work on some specials and get ready to feed you. If you’re around on Saturday, got the holy trinity of good times for you…our monthly Blues, Brews & BBQ night for ya’ll, starring our boy, Sicknote Steve. It’ll be amazing, you’ll think you’re in a honky tonk just west of Georgia!

Our monthly 15 June BBQ Blues & BBQ. Barbecue served all day and we get down and dog house dirty with Sicknote Steve in the Eve. It doen't get better than this!

Our monthly 15 June BBQ Blues & BBQ. Barbecue served all day and we get down and dog house dirty with Sicknote Steve in the Eve. It doen’t get better than this!

Hope to see you soon my barbecue brothers and sisters!
Much love, Sam & Shauna
Hang Fire Smokehouse

Hang Fire put the ‘smoke’ into Smokehouse!

7 May

It’s been another fantastic few weeks for your friendly, neighbourhood ‘cuers. Loads of inquisitive foodies and meat junkies have come to check out this ‘American barbecue malarky’ happening in deepest Adamsdown. Thankfully, we’ve been able to satisfy the curious and eager with our bbq staples such as pork ribs, chicken and pulled pork and have been testing the waters with brisket and beef ribs. I have to say the beef ribs are for the keen meat eater, they’re big and beefy in more ways than one and have sold out everytime we put them on as specials. I’ve nicknamed them ‘Carnivore Cat Nip’!

Actually the beef ribs aren't this red looking! Food Photography not our strong point, but damn, they tasted good!

Actually our beef ribs aren’t this red looking! Food Photography not our strong point, but damn, they tasted good!

@GourmetGorro, the celebrated Cardiff food blogger came to visit us a couple of weeks ago. He wrote us a blushingly lovely  review, read it here http://gourmetgorro.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hang-fire-smokehouse-canadian-splott.html. He’s also helped us spread the message that American barbecue isn’t about eating bits of meat from fancy tableware in opulent settings; it should be paper plates, loads of napkins and food you eat with your hands (and your friends and family!). It goes ace with beer and bourbon, so what better place to sell barbecue than a boozer? The Canadian on Pearl St, Adamsdown has been a great vehicle for us to get our food out to folks. Cath & Pete, the lovely landlords, have even got some cracking brews in to wash down the ‘cue.

Sunbeam, a Californian Stem Beer on draft (warning, its slips down a bit too nicely). And a full bodied IPA infused with Penderyn Whiskey (careful its over 6.5% abv!)

Sunbeam, a Californian Stem Beer on draft (warning, its slips down a bit too nicely). And a full bodied IPA infused with Penderyn Whiskey (careful its over 6.5% abv!)

So what’s next? Well, this weekend May 11-12th we’re demo’ing our barbecue style at Bristol’s Grillstock (check it out http://grillstock.co.uk/festivals) and then in June we’re actually competing as a BBQ team and hope to bring home the bacon (groan!) and glory to Wales. The competition is tough, we’re talking teams that fly in from all over the world that have been competing at this level for decades. There are literally hundreds of BBQ competitions every year in the USA with prize money for winning teams accumulating to hundreds of thousands.
However, if we win anything, we’ll be the FIRST Welsh barbecue team to take victory at an international competition. There’s a category called ‘Chef’s Choice’ in which you’re expected to create a ‘show stopper’ of a dish, let’s just say we have something intrinsically Welsh up our sleeves that I don’t think any BBQ judge will have ever tasted before! Statistically, not many first time entrants come away with anything, but heck, we’ll give it our ‘gorau glas’ as we say in the South.

So if you’re free on a Friday night / Saturday day times and fancy a decent plate of food, a fine brew or two, come down and say Hi to us. We promise we can talk about things other than barbecue*

*not guaranteed.

Smoke for ya soon!
Sam & Shauna

It's all about the smoking temperature and meat temperature with American BBQ. If you're lookin' you ain't cooking!

It’s all about the smoking temperature and meat temperature with American BBQ. If you’re lookin’ you ain’t cooking!