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Good Food Guy

Warner's Taste Club
Eating out this summer will mean us Brits will need to master our BBQ skills, but thankfully help is at hand...
Warner's Taste Club - Going up in smoke
Warner's Taste Club - Going up in smoke

Unfortunately, us Brits haven’t got the best reputation as kings of the coals. Historically, we just aren’t great at BBQs. You could blame the weather, but it’s more about our attitude to what constitutes a BBQ. On the one end of the scale you’ve got the die-hard, ‘it’s not a BBQ unless it’s burnt to within an inch of its life’ mentality, and at the other end you’ve got those who try to make a BBQ into the equivalent of a summer version of the Sunday roast, with all the prepping and faffing, the trimmings and spreadsheet-worthy timings, all of which culminates in a few minutes of eating but hours of washing up!

In my experience, all I want from a BBQ is some great food, some great company and a glass of wine or two in the garden. It goes without saying that top quality meat (or another protein for the non-carnivores) is the star of the show and there are plenty of butchers around these parts who take BBQ foods very seriously.

Now I know good quality meat shouldn’t need much more than a twist of salt and pepper, but sometimes it’s fun to pimp it up and give your guests something to really talk about. But creating your own marinade or rub can be timely and downright disastrous – thank goodness then that there are a number of producers in the Cotswolds who have done the hard work for us so we can get on with the important job of enjoying the sunshine...

BBQ essentials:

Todenham Manor Farm:

Apologies to the vegetarians, but it goes without saying that good quality meat is the number one ingredient for a BBQ. The award-winning meat at Todenham Manor Farm is reared on the farm to the highest welfare standards, and with an on-site butchery, you can ask for exactly what you want for your BBQ.

todenhammanorfarm.co.uk

Kit’s Kitchen:

This is one of the Warner’s go-to producers for marinades and mustards – the All in One Savoury Sauce works wonders on chicken breast and if you are doing sausages, then a dollop of one of Kit’s mustards is magic

kitskitchen.co.uk

Tubby Toms:

Try Smokey Schweet, the original BBQ sauce but if you’re feeling brave, you could try Gut Rot or Death Dust, a BBQ rub using the world’s hottest chilli, the Carolina Reaper!

tubbytoms.com

Kitchen Garden Foods:

They may be more well-known for their award-winning jams and pickles, but Kitchen Garden Foods also does a pretty fine Smokey BBQ Sauce too

https://www.kitchengardenfoods.co.uk

David’s Chilli Oil:

Whether you use it as a base for a marinade or for dipping, this is one chilli oil that packs a punch without blowing your head off.

davidschillioil.com

A full version of this article appears in the August issue of ‘Cotswold Life’.

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