WARNING: IF YOU’RE VEGETARIAN YOU MIGHT WANT TO STEER CLEAR OF THIS
For anyone who follows me on social media, you’ll have seen that recently I had a weekend of meaty madness at the Grillstock festival in Bristol. We all know I love a meat-feast, a quick look at last year’s blog on Meatopia will tell you that. I’ve wanted to go to Grillstock for at least a year after we heard about it from a friend but couldn’t make the 2014 events so we booked our tickets as soon as they went on sale and made our plans for a weekend of fun and frolics at Bristol’s Harbourside.
I’m not going to write a lengthy post. In short, we loved it. We ate too much, drank too much, and spent too much but it was all worth it. Coming up are a bunch of pictures of the yummy food we had, and at the bottom of this post is a little video that I hope might give you a flavour (no pun intended, but imagine if you could actually taste the food through my video!) of the fun we had. Needless to say, we’ll be back next year!
Grillstock describes itself as a festival of ‘meat, music and mayhem’, and that’s not far off. There are bands, bars, stalls and, most importantly, lots of meat. There’s a US style low’n’slow barbecue ‘King of the Grill’ competition where teams spend hours cooking chicken, ribs, brisket and pulled pork to try to be crowned the winners. There are stalls selling everything barbecue-related, from burgers to ribs and brisket, chilli sauces, chunky chips, ice cream. You name it, they’ve got it. There are bars selling a tipple for everyone, from Brewdog beer and Lazy Jacks cider, to Sailor Jerry rum cocktails.
There’s a chilli-eating competition, a hot wing eating competition, and a hot dog eating competitions, as well as barbecue demos at the ‘BBQ Academy’. And then there are the bands – we were treated to all sorts of great music through the two days, including some great local bands and bigger names Goldie Lookin Chain and De La Soul. In short, there was plenty to do to keep us occupied for two days.
We managed to get round a try pretty much everything. No, I didn’t have one of each, most of these were shared between four so we could all have as many tastes as possible. I think my favourite dish was some delicious lamb rump from the Churrasco Gang, served with salsa verde and salad in a ciabatta roll. I could’ve done without the roll, but it was a good vehicle for a lot of tender meat flavoured with garlic and rosemary.
And the highlight of the weekend had to be meeting Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, who’s not only a well-known DJ and presenter, but a BBQ king. We’ve seen him before at Meatopia where he presented some of the demos and we’re big fans, so it was another happy moment for this food blogger when he lent me his ‘bling’ for a picture.
So, hero worshipping over, let’s get back to the food. Here’s a shedload of pictures for you to salivate over – check out the captions for what they are and where they’re from.
And that, my friends, is about it. I hope it’s given you a little hint of what we ate and how much fun we had. As a special treat, I’ve made you a little video of the weekend featuring a soundtrack from none other than DJ BBQ himself. Enjoy 🙂
Nothing we had at Grillstock was complimentary, we paid for the lot. And it was worth every penny.