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Plenty occurin’ as we open our first restaurant!

27 Nov

That’s right folks, we’re biting the bullet, taking the plunge and diving off the deep end as we open the doors to the first, permanent, Hang Fire restaurant Wednesday, 2nd March 2016.

The new restaurant called ‘Hang Fire Southern Kitchen‘ will be situated in a 215 year old Pump House on Barry Waterfront, Vale of Glamorgan. The restaurant will join 15 high-spec live/work apartments plus a large, 24hr gym and an independent coffee shop in the grade II listed building, which has recently been converted as part of the multi-million-pound regeneration of the Waterfront.

The informal restaurant, which will seat 70-80, will be over two floors with the main dining room and craft beer bar upstairs and a deep-south-inspired cocktail bar downstairs which will also be available for party hire.

Barbecue will of course be a key feature in the restaurant but we’ll also recreate our US road trip on the menu. Showcasing the best cuisine from New Orleans to Kansas City and Texas to Tennessee, with a Welsh twist, using recipes from our upcoming cook book. We’ll be cooking on natural fuel such as sustainable wood and charcoal and, as always, using as much local produce as possible. The restaurant will be half reservations and half walk in, so we should get to feed everyone that comes to see us.

Hang Fire Southern Kitchen will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm from lunch to dinner and building up to offering take away too. We’re hoping to open 2nd March and we should have an online booking system up in February, though as mentioned, we’ll always make room for ‘walk ins’ even if the reserved tables are booked out.

We’re ridiculously excited, we hope you are too. Just think, no more horrendous queues for our barbecue, however we can’t promise that we won’t sell out of ribs and burnt ends from time to time!
See you in Barrybados!
Sam & Shauna

Christmas Orders – Online now!

1 Nov

Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

Yeah, yeah, we know it only the first of November and we’re talking about Christmas, next thing you know we’ll be nibbling on an Easter egg… but hey, we’re giving you a heads up on our new way of getting your hands on goodies; from Turkeys to t-shirts, rubs to sauces even some side dishes and gifts.

Due to last years epic fail at being able to use spreadsheets, our lovely friend Lisa, decided we should go digital, so has made a lovely little website that’s super easy to use and super secure. Our hero.

Here’s the deal, click the link below, choose what day you want to collect your order between 21-23 December, choose your items, give us your hard earned and we’ll get to preparing your order. Last day for ordering is 14 December.

CLICK HERE FOR CHRISTMAS ORDER WEBSITE

Any questions? check out our FAQs

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.

Sam on grill

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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Leaving Los Lansdowne and other pig tales…

21 May

Last night at the Lansdowne, Friday 20th June

We’ve had a blast at our Lansdowne pop-up and like all good things, they must end. Such is the pop-up business. We’ll be there, every Thursday and Friday night up until 20th June. The Lansdowne was so successful in terms of a partnership, that we continued it as long as we could without compromising our other ‘happenings’ coming up this Summer. Huge thank you to everyone that’s supported us by eating our BBQ and shown us plenty of #bbqlove. The Lansdowne is a cracking pub, and has a new chef and new menu, so make sure you keep showing the love to that gem of a hangout. I know we’ll be there as often as possible, this time being fed and watered ourselves!

So what’s next for your Hang Fire girls? Well we have a couple of exciting ones coming up…

Sunday 25 May at The Full Moon

Sunday 25 May at The Full Moon

25th MAY – BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY at The Full Moon, Womanby St, Cardiff

Blues, Booze & BBQ AND $5 Shake present Jackrabbit Slims

“A Pulp Fiction inspired shindig. There will be music, there will be dancing, there will be dress-up, there will be good liquor, Five Dollar Shakes and of course there will be Hang Fire’s Big Kahunas!”

Our ‘Big Kahunas’ come in the shape of an awesome BBQ hoagie; 5 Meatballs & Moinks (bacon wrapped, smoked, 21 day aged Welsh Beef meatballs),  swiss cheese, chipotle tomatillo relish, sweet pickled red onion rings, and ‘Marsellus’ Sauce plus some Jackrabbit Slim inspired ‘Nachos Completo’ on the side.

There’ll be an Aussie film crew there filming us for a feature on ‘British Pop Ups’. We’re the Welsh contingent seemingly. We may be serving Big Kahunas, but save the comments about us being ‘big Down Under’!
Click the link get yourself invited!
https://www.facebook.com/events/287993058029152/

20th JUNE – LAST NIGHT AT THE LANSDOWNE, Beda Rd, Cardiff

The Lansdowne mark the last night of our pop-up with the start of their awesome beer festival. There’s rumour that there’ll be a marquee out the back, making plenty of room for rocking and rolling after the BBQ. As always, no bookings, and BBQ served 5pm-9pm.  We’ll be cutting loose with all ya’ll after the kitchen closes and slugging the Picklebacks and beers ’til Binkis’ pumps run dry (or ’til she kicks us out!)

Doghouse Blues with Sicknote Steve - 20 June

Doghouse Blues with Sicknote Steve – 20 June

 26th JULY – PIPES & HANG FIRE MICRO-BREW FESTIVAL, The Printhaus, Canton, Cardiff

http://www.pipesbeer.co.uk/microBEER.html

PIPES & HANG FIRE MICRO BEER FEST 26 JULY

We’re really excited to be working with Simon from PIPES and See Monkey Songs to present a rockin’ one-dayer at The Printhaus in Canton. There’ll live bands and DJ’s all day, deliciously quaffable PIPES beer a-flowing and Smoked Southern States goodness from us. It promises to be a helluva street party. There are limited amount of tickets, and at just £6 a pop, snap them up quickly to book your place and let’s have a proper hoedown together! Buy tickets here: http://www.pipesbeer.co.uk/microBEER.html

SOME VILLAGE SMOKERY BUSINESS

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We have a few more events coming up over the Summer months, plus we’re working on opening our own ‘village smokery’ at our HQ in Llantwit Major. You’ll be able to buy our BBQ for you to ‘heat at home’ from our teeny tiny old butchers shop,  plus our sauces and maybe a BBQ t-shirt or two. We should be open by September, hopefully before. We’ll keep you posted.

HOW TO MAKE OUR PULLED PORK (AND OTHER PIG TALES ) FROM PLATE LICKED CLEAN BLOG

Cardiff blogger, Plate Licked Clean, came up to our smokehouse and we taught him the dark arts of making proper pulled pork (you know it ain’t really pulled pork unless it’s been smoked slow and low over wood or coals or both). You can read the article here http://theplatelickedclean.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/a-day-at-office-or-from-pit-to-plate_3.html

As if that wasn’t enough, we gave him our ‘Pig Rub #1’ recipe in case there were any social smokers out there that needed a rub recipe to play with. Anyone that loves to smoke should try and make their own, but if you wanted a base to work from here’s a recipe that will make your smoked porcine taste BBQ pro. Here’s how  http://theplatelickedclean.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/pig-rub-pulled-pork-recipe-hang-fire.html

Piggy Rubby #1

Piggy Rubby #1

That’s all for now folks, we’ve got a busy few months coming up, some street food projects in the pipeline plus we’re working on a more ‘unexpected’ collaborations with other purveyors of fine food and drink and venue owners.

Thank you for your continual love of our BBQ, if you keep on eating, we’ll keep on smokin’!

Sticky, bbq sauce, hugs
Sam & Shauna

 

 

Hoedown at The Lansdowne!

8 Jan

We’re super pleased to announce that from 6th February onwards, your girls at Hang Fire Smokehouse, are partnering with The Lansdowne Pub in Canton for more smokey good times. We’ll be there every Thursday and Friday night from 5pm ’til 9pm (or sold out, whichever comes first). Ya’ll know the deal by now, you’ll need to arrive early and we don’t take bookings.  You can most certainly expect that the good folks at The Lansdowne will have some cracking ales, ciders and hard liquor to wash the ‘cue down with. #cueacwrw

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We’re looking forward to creating new weekly specials, adding new sides and generally getting creative with our ‘cue. We’ll soon have our sauces and rubs for sale for you to try at home, plus we’re working on some merchandise. Any proper BBQ joint is not a proper BBQ joint without a custom t-shirt!

Oh, and fancy this; @cffoodproject announced our new partnership on Monday with this article http://www.food-project.net/2014/01/at-work-with-hang-fire-smokehouse-part-2.html  and everyone got so excited that we trended on Twitter!

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@walesonline got a bit excited too, big thanks for BBQ fan @Steffan_Rhys

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/hangfire-smokehouse-launch-new-venture-6472463

'ark at us in a glossy!

‘ark at us in a glossy!

OLIVE MAGAZINE We also featured in Olive Magazine this month, was a super surprise. It was down to the lovely @EatsForWales for that special mention. Some cracking recipes in the magazine, saw a great terrine idea that we’re thinking of substituting with loadsa BBQ! Maybe we should start working on our own recipe book? Or perhaps the BBQ terrine is a step too far?!

CELT BREWERY We got something lined up with the lovely folks at The Celt Brewery for the 1st Feb. It’s a Fire Festival – sounds a perfect way to party and keep warm! Super Furry Animals will be there talking about a beer collaboration, we’ll be there with BBQ and beer pairings plus they promise live art creation from a Chicago based artist plus a fire sculpture at midnight. Sounds pretty hot to us! Limited tickets and details from here http://celtexperience.com/Firerelease/

Ok, that’s it for now, we’ve got much work to do before Feb which mainly involves smoking all the meat in all the land as I think we’re going to be busy.

A big sticky BBQ sauce hug to everyone that’s supported us over the last 9 months. We’re overwhelmed with how amazing everyone has been to us, from bloggers to diners to friends and family. If you keep on eating, we’ll keep a-schmokin’

Whole lotta BBQ Love
Sam & Shauna

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

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!

We love this… Authentic American barbecue served at The Canadian!

6 Feb

Touched down in the land of our fathers, Wales, and have set up base camp, which is currently at The Canadian, Pearl St, Cardiff. We’ll be doing a weekend cook off here including chicken, ribs, pulled pork, lamb, ham, brisket and whatever else can go into our smoker!  We smoke our food for up to 24hrs so you don’t have to!  Come on down and try the only authentic pit smoked ‘cue in Wales and find out why barbecue is America’s No.1 soul food.
Smoke for ya soon, Sam & ShaunaPicture 1