Grillstock Festival, Bristol
July 20, 2015


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!


The crowds at Grillstock festival, Bristol
The joy that is Grillstock

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.

Churrasco Gang's lamb rump at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Lamb rump with garlic and rosemary, with salsa verde and salad in a ciabatta bun, from the Churrasco Gang

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.

Eat with Ellen meets DJ BBQ at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Possibiy the best moment of Grillstock – meeting DJ BBQ. What a legend!

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.

Beef rib from Pit Smoked BBQ at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Our first treat of the day. Beef ribs from Pit Smoked BBQ
Churrasco Gang skewers at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Churrasco Gang skewers
Pulled pork from Sailor Jerry at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Burnt ends from Sailor Jerry – seemed more like pulled pork to me and was a bit on the mushy side
Chilli from the Garlic Farm Field Kitchen at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Chilli with a difference from the Garlic Farm Field Kitchen
Chilli and ciabatta garlic bread from the Garlic Farm Field Kitchen at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Chilli and ciabatta garlic bread from the Garlic Farm Field Kitchen. Loved the inclusion of chickpeas
Brisket from Grillstock at the Grillstock Festival, Bristol
Grillstock doing their own brisket
Brisket from Grillstock at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Brisket from Grillstock – pretty good, but not our favourite of the weekend
Burgers from the Beefy Boys at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Burgers from the Beefy Boys. Unfortunately we ran out of space in our bulging bellies before we could try one of these
Grillstock ribs at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Grillstock ribs – not mine unfortunately
Sauces and pickles from the Chilli Jam Man at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Offerings from the Chilli Jam Man – we came home with a few of these!
Chicken wings in the King of the Grill competition at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Chicken wings on the go in the King of the Grill competition
Priscilla, Queen of the Firepit, at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Priscilla, Queen of the Firepit, who went on to win the Dr BBQ Award at Grillstock
Lolas Hot Wings at Grillstock festival, Bristol
Fiery hot wings from Lolas Hot Wings, with Franks red hot sauce. Not red hot in my book, but very tasty
Brisket from Inkies at Grillstock festival, Bristol
A special treat of burnt ends and brisket from Inkies

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. 

6 thoughts on “Grillstock Festival, Bristol

  1. You shoulda popped by the Backyard Brummies team! We’d have fed you for free, moreover if you’re from Brum 🙂

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