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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.

Last Wiener Wednesday

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.

cowboysanta

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
x

It’s a ‘meatwave’!

12 Aug

Forgive us our bbq brothers and sisters, it’s been two months since our last confessional blog entry, so here’s a well overdue update from your friendly, neighbourhood barbecuers.

TIME  SHIFT  AT  THE  CANADIAN
We were initially serving barbecue at The Canadian on Friday nights and Saturday day times, however, the day time shift became a little quiet just as the heatwave really kicked in. This was a real puzzle to us.  We couldn’t understand why people were choosing beachy, breezy weekend getaways over staying in a hot, sticky city? So we decided that we would stop the Saturday day time service until such time that our normal weather resumes. However, we’re working on increasing our nights at The Canadian to both a Friday and Saturday. We’re doing one this weekend as it happens (17 August), so if you’re free and fancy some smokey, meaty goodness, come on down. Keep an eye on our Tweet and Facebook feeds for the Saturday nights.

FOOD  BLOGGER -TASTIC
We’ve had more reviews since we last spoke. Thankfully favourable. Here they are if you fancy reading them:

Amazing review from ‘Plate Licked Clean’ this one covers our weekly pop ups at The Canadian, CF24 1PN & Porters, CF10 2FE
http://theplatelickedclean.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/hangfire-smokehouse-canadianporters.html

From Bev Eats for Wales, Queen of Cardiff food bloggers
http://www.eatsforwales.co.uk/2013/08/hangfiresmokehousereview.html

From Rini Chatterjee, Glamour magazine’s resident doctor and avid foodie
http://arewehavingstarters.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/hangfire-smokehouse/

Debbie Smith is from Kent originally, loves Cardiff, food and now hillbillys (I think our bbq was responsible for that!)
http://fodderforfoodies.tumblr.com/

A mention from the lovely Lauren Mahoney, who has supported us from the beginning and has a great take on a food blog
http://www.food-project.net/2013/08/tales-of-food-blogger-coast-to-coast.html
http://www.food-project.net/2013/06/hang-fire-smokehouse.html

Look out for us in the next Buzz Mag too.

A  BBQ  SHACK  IS  A  LIL’  OLE  PLACE  WHERE  WE  CAN  GET  TOGETHER
We started our barbecue shack Sundays at Porters at the beginning of August, which has been really good fun. We wanted to bring something new to our existing barbecue set up, so we thought a static food truck meets bbq shack would fit the bill.

We offer a slightly different menu than at The Canadian. For example, at Porters you can get our take on Texas ‘slaw, gooey Mac ‘n’ Cheese, mini jalapeño cornbreads and a choice of seasonal sweet or sharp pickles (both cornbread and pickles made by the gastro goddess at Inner City Pickles) and new to the meat menu, the undisputed king of bbq sausages, the Texas Hot Link. An exclusive sausage recipe made for us by the mochyn daddy mac, Charcuterie Ltd. The flavour profile is closely based on the sausages we loved in Texas. Made with heritage welsh pig and welsh beef,  this is probably one of the best sausages we’ve ever eaten, let alone have the pleasure of hickory and applewood smoking for you.

I’d love to be a meet geek here and talk about the German and Czech heritage of the Hot Link, or what an Elgin link is, or gross you out by telling you what our American cousins call them (Texas Hot Guts!)  but I think you’d slip in to a very deep sleep… But perhaps what you need instead is a montage… we’ll be back after these pictures….

What you need is a montage!

What you need is a montage!

Sam dishing up a 3 meat tray at Porters last Sunday

Sam dishing up a 3 meat tray at Porters last Sunday

Shauna handing over the goods at Porters

Shauna handing over the goods at Porters

THE SPECIALS
We’ve been having fun with our specials at The Canadian. We went through a phase of smoking well loved American classic sandwiches. That sentence needs qualifying. What we mean is, we’ll take a classic like The Philly Cheese Steak, and smoke the welsh sirloin for a couple of hours to add a depth of flavour, we also smoked the onions and bell peppers for a laugh to see if that added smoke flavour too. We used Welsh Monterey Jack cheese and combined it in a great big hoagie. We tweeted a pic and we were asked to deliver 15 to a nearby office block 10 minutes later! It was super tasty even if they didn’t last long!

In other exciting news (and we are genuinely super excited over this!), we seem to have smoked enough briskets to offer ‘burnt ends’ as a side dish at The Canadian this weekend. Now if you’ve never had or heard of burnt ends, you’re in for a treat, its one of our most favourite bbq items (and they are not burnt by the way!).

These are a total delicacy and an absolute must have in Kansas style barbecue. It’s basically a twice smoked point muscle that sits on top of the brisket. Ordinarily, this would be removed by your butcher, but barbecuers alike insist (on pain of death!) that they keep the brisket intact. The reason being burnt ends. This point muscle is removed after the whole brisket has been smoked, then cubed into thick chunks, seasoned, then returned to the smoker for a while so they turn into super soft, rich, smokey hunks of deliciousness. They really are special, but you be the judge, come check them out and have them as a meaty side dish.

THE  SCOOP
So lastly, just wanted to further tantalise you by saying we’ll be starting a mid week night at The Canadian very soon. It won’t be traditional bbq, but it will be smoked and amazing. Ok, I’ve said too much…

We’ll see you at The Canadian, Splott, every Friday from 5.30pm, we’ll start to do Saturday nights more regularly too. And Sundays at Porters, in the city, from 1.30pm til sold out (come early for that one).

Smoke for ya soon!
Sam & Shauna
Hang Fire Smokehouse

Goofballs!