It seems like forever since we were at grillstock and I can't believe I only just got round to this post! For those of you who don't know - the Grillstock festivals in Bristol and Manchester are basically dedicated to meat, beer and music. BBQ lovers unite over the best ribs, pulled pork and beef of their lives! We went to the Bristol festival at the start of the month with two friends and ate our own body weight in meat, drank all the bourbon and beer we could manage and basically had a fabulous time!
Back to the meat..
As avid fans of all things meaty, Grillstock seemed like a great idea for the hubby and I and our fellow foodie friends. As well as live music and a whole range of meaty food stall, there was also a competition BBQ area and we found that we spent most of our time there. Teams from all over the UK were up against each other smoking and BBQing the best brisket, ribs, chicken wings they could. It was really interesting to see how they smoked their meats and the rubs and marinades they were using. Plus, every now and again, some tasty samples were thrown out to the crowds!
|Killer chilli jam! Check this guy out..|
|Racks of Ruin, Midlands based BBQ team!|
If I had to be critical, there were a couple of things which Grillstock needs to improve on for next year- firstly, there were nowhere near enough toilets, secondly whilst beer, meat and bourbon are all excellent, we did feel that a bit more choice on the drink and sides options would have improved things. Finally, certainly on the Saturday, the music was intermittent - we would have liked there to be more bands on throughout the day. If they were to get these three things right, Grillstock would go from an amazing festival to an absolutely freaking awesome festival.
I'll leave you with this... the 4 stages of the pickleback. What's a pickleback? Its a shot of bourbon with a shot of pickle juice. That's right.
Did any of you go? Did you try a pickleback? Will you be going next year? Let me know!