Today I had the joy of going along to the penultimate pop-up BBQ at Porter’s Bar, hosted by Hang Fire Smokehouse owners Shauna & Sam. When we arrived, the smoking area come picnic park was empty, seats were ours for the picking…Just what we like!
Over the course of the next half an hour more and more people poured in, finding seats, cushions, ledges to perch on, waiting for that all important moment. Luckily for us, we had bonded with Shauna prior to everyone else turning up, she gave us the nod and we made a run for it just in time for ‘service’ to begin. Well…the line was out the door in a matter of seconds and it took nearly 2 hours before there was any let up for the poor girls. Fair play to them though, they keep customers moving pretty quickly but I guess you have to expect a wait for food this good.
I wanted to try a few things so I ordered the pork, beef brisket and lamb. The pork was so good and exactly what I expected… soft and succulent and full of flavour . I would definitely recommend this dish! The brisket was okay but a tad tough and seemed to lack that smokey flavour I was looking for. The lamb was exquisite, tender but with just enough chew you could really sink your teeth into large strips.
On the side I had Texas ‘Slaw which was out of this world. It wasn’t completely soaked in any sauce and the texture was a mix of soft and crunchy, it made the perfect accompaniment to the whole dish. I also had Mac ‘n’ Cheese, which unfortunately I was a little disappointed with… I had heard so much about this amazing side so I guess I had high expectations but It tasted like regular macaroni cheese to me. Now on to the sauces, the girls make these by hand and they are divine. My favourite sauce was the Kansas BBQ sauce, a classic, traditional barbecue sauce with a deep smokey flavour but just a hint of heat that kept you licking your lips. On the subject of dips, it would have been good to have a small empty pot on the tray to put sauce in. There’s always that worry that you’ll cover your food in it and then not like it…and dipping is so much more fun anyway.
For everything I had I only had to part with £15, which in my eye was exceedingly good value for how much food I had!
I would have loved it if Porter’s had got in on the act a little bit more, maybe having a Southern-inspired drinks menu…a thought for next time I suppose.
The BBQ was a success and we were glad to have had the chance to experience this landmark pop-up event before it leaves. If you haven’t yet been then Sunday 29th September is their last one. They start serving at Porter’s Bar 1.30pm and once it’s gone it’s gone so get yourselves down there early!