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Big Thanks to you and BBQ Beers

16 Mar

So, we’re super excited and have to tell you about this first…..

BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards 2015

BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards 2015

Thanks to an apparently ‘unprecedented’ amount of public nominations (quote “Girls, you come from nowhere!”), we’re one of three finalists for the BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards 2015. This may not mean much to some, but for food producers, its the BAFTAs for the UK food industry.

We listened to the shortlist of producers while were in Nashville planning this little business in 2012-2013. Sitting undercover on a snow covered porch, a typical Tennessee winter complete with Red Cardinals dotted amongst the trees, saying to each other, ‘Imagine if we were considered for this award?!’ – After we laughed off the possibility and cracked on with planning Hang Fire Smokehouse – the first Welsh BBQ joint that champions provenance, quality and reverence for slow and low smoking. Two years later (to this day) here we are, incredibly humbled by the support everyone has shown us by voting us their ‘best streetfood’ winner and coming to see us when we pop up. We already feel like winners just by being nominated. We’re looking forward to the award ceremony on 30 April in Bristol, an meeting the other exciting producers – @DickensFood  and @BerthaPizza – and in the rest of the amazing producers in all the categories. If you want to read a little more here’s the link to the nominees:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/3j7qkXq01yQPk3lg0yC45mK/best-street-food-or-takeaway

Sisters are brewing it for themselves…

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Our first beer with Waen Brewery ‘Austin Aaron IPA’ headlined the famous BrewDog beer board on our first Kitchen Takeover 26/02

Austin Aaron IPA, Oh! Carolina and Bayou Brew

Austin Aaron IPA, Oh! Carolina and Bayou Brew

We had the chance to meet Sue Hayward from Waen Brewery, the only female brewer in Wales, a month ago at BrewDog, Cardiff. After many excited exchanges we decided it would be great fun to make some beers that perfectly paired with our US Tri-State brand of BBQ. ‘Sue The Brew’ (as we call her!) is a true ‘Brewster’, a craftswoman than knows her way around a mash tun as much as we know our way around a smoker. And as women in male dominated industries, we both understood the pressures of not only meeting market needs but having to go the extra mile to stand out of the crowd. The beers will be available in The Gravity Station in April, at The Lansdowne, Canton, in The Pilot, Penarth and The Old Swan Inn in Llantwit. Plus available at our BrewDog Kitchen Takeovers (26/03 and 23/04)
Read more about it here: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/hang-fire-smokehouse-beer-barbecue-8789006

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