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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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Presenting…Hang Fire ‘SmokeDawgs’

5 Sep
Hang Fire SmokeDawgs

Hang Fire SmokeDawgs

Here’s our latest bit of meat candy for you, presenting the eagerly awaited ‘Hang Fire SmokeDawg’. An artisan frank, produced by the premier sausage maker in Wales (if not the UK), @charcutierltd. This traditional Coney recipe frank, made from Pedigree Welsh hog and cow, is smoked slowly over apple and cherry woods in our beloved smoke pitt. We’re lucky enough to have our light brioche dog buns lovingly crafted by the talented @Onemilebakery. And relishes by the domestic goddess @innercitypickle plus a handful of tasty, salty welsh crisps by spud gurus @jonesogymru.

So what’s this all about? Well, having tried many, many, tasty wee hotdogs on our recent road trip around the USA,  we decided we would not create fancy versions of the No.1 American snack, but recreate well loved, traditional recipes, using the finest Welsh produce we could find. Every month, we’ll be making different State variations. For example, at our launch, you’ll find the two original New York dogs, the classic Chicago, the Detroit Coneys and our own signature SmokeDawg (which, of course, will involve BBQ). We’ll be relying on your opinion to inform our eventual menu of the ‘best dressed SmokeDawg’, so don’t be shy in giving feedback (as long as your mouth isn’t full!). The Canadian are also offering some interesting drinks options to go with the dogs as well as a few trad’ pub games if you fancy trying your luck at skittles (it’s like 10 pin bowling but dead hard!).

We’ll be showcasing these bad puppies on monthly basis to start at The Canadian, CF24 1PN  starting Wednesday 18th September from 6pm, everyone welcome. There’s a rumour that Ellie Makes Music may serenade us with her beautiful dulcet tones and swoony folk, and to lower the tone, the Pickle Belly Newts may play a few of their acoustic bluegrass-country-folk tunes (Imagine Dolly Parton having a knees up with Chas ‘n’ Dave!)

Here’s the Facebook event invite, let us know if you’re thinking of coming (surely we can’t sell out of dawgs?)
https://www.facebook.com/events/159726500888938/

Oh yeah!

Hot diggedy SmokeDawg!
Sam & Shauna

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

Southern Style American BBQ has arrived in Cardiff!

18 Apr

We’ve been working and refining our menu for a few weeks since we got back from the States. We’ve hit the road running and people have been super happy with the food, the service and our informal serving style (just they way our American cousins serve it!) at The Canadian, Pearl St.

At Hang Fire Smokehouse, we’ve taken all the best aspects of barbecue we learnt, witnessed and experienced across America and put them into practice in a Welsh setting. @Rachelinwales was our first ‘mystery’ food blogger and thankfully, a fully satisfied customer. We’re so passionate about what we do and Rachel really ‘got us’. You can read her review here http://rachelinwales.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hang-fire-smokehouse-at-canadian-in.html

Alternatively, you can be the judge yourselves! We serve ‘cue Friday nights and Saturday day times. We’d love to serve 7 days a week, but we need more music loving barbecue fans to make it happen.

Smoke for you soon!

Sam & Shauna
Hang Fire Smokehouse

Loving some oak smoked burgers in Utah

Loving some oak smoked burgers in Utah

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