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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…

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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