Barbechoo – http://barbechoo.com
James’s website is full of recipes, guides, reviews and video guides. He recently completed “30 days to better bbq” which was a different set of hints/guides each day for a month. Sign up on his site for an ebook version. It’s really handy for beginners and experts alike – everyone should have a copy!
Countrywoodsmoke – http://countrywoodsmoke.com/
Great blog run by one of the leaders in UK BBQ – Marcus Bawdon. The site is full of useful recipes, hints, tips, videos and guides. Marcus is very helpful on Twitter and always happy to share his vast BBQ knowledge.
Love2BBQ – http://love2bbq.co.uk/
Phil is one of the most active BBQ cooks in the UK and produces a constant stream of fantastic looking food. He’s always trying new dishes and is happy to share hints and tips on Twitter.
I use briquettes in my smoker because they are easy to manage the temperature with and it’s also fairly easy to estimate how much fuel you need up front to avoid having to top up during a cook.
I started off with Weber white bag briquettes which were really good but they were replaced with a newer version which I found burnt quicker, hotter and for a shorter time so I tried Heat Beads and haven’t moved back. It’s very easy to get heat beads to the temperature you want to cook at and just leave them after that. I usually buy mine from BBQ World. 9x 4kg bags usually comes in just over £50 for free delivery.
I have tried all sorts of lumpwood charcoal since I bought my Weber gear but there is only one lumpwood charcoal I can recommend for you to buy:
Oxford Charcoal – http://www.theoxfordcharcoalcompany.co.uk/
Yes it’s more expensive per KG than the bags in the supermarket or at the petrol station but it’s also from British grown trees, has no added chemicals, lights quickly, doesn’t give off black smoke when lit, doesn’t smell of chemicals when burning, doesn’t spark like a firework show and is a clean burning charcoal (as clean as charcoal can be! It’s spot on for cooking steaks directly on the charcoal).
I have tried just about every type of charcoal you can buy in the UK and it’s just a lottery with quality varying from bag to bag. I have had bags of dust, bags with metal and plastic in, bags that sparked like a firework show, bags that gave off so much smoke I had to hide indoors, bags that wouldn’t light and bags that I didn’t want to cook food on. Oxford Charcoal is the exception to every one of those issues. It’s a quality and consistent product. It is more expensive per KG but you are getting what you pay for and there is no point having expensive bbq gear and expensive, good quality meat then cooking it with bad charcoal.
If you still aren’t convinced listen to the UnitedQ podcast with Matt Williams from Oxford Charcoal.
This is a printed magazine and the first edition came out recently. It will be interesting to see how this progresses over time.
UK BBQ Mag – http://ukbbqmag.com/
This magazine is truly awesome yet somehow gets better with every issue. It’s an online magazine and best of all it’s free. It’s run by Marcus Bawdon from Countrywoodsmoke with a lot of other people contributing articles. I genuinely look forward to each issue coming out because it is so good.
The butchers I have used for the cooks this year are:
Bob’s Butchers – http://www.bobsfamilybutchers.co.uk/
I only recently started ordering from Mark at Bob’s butchers but he came highly recommended by some very experienced BBQ folk I chat to on twitter. The pork butts, babyback ribs, St Louis Ribs and Beef ribs from Sherwoods Foods were all top quality and I got some of my best results to date cooking with them. You can’t order online but I email everything over to Mark and he phones you up to arrange payment – easy!
Farmison – https://www.farmison.com/
Farmison have a vast array of different meats, cuts and breeds available on their website. If you want anything that’s not listed you can email them to request a different cut also. Everything comes well packaged and I haven’t had any delivery issues to date.
Martin’s Meats – http://martinsmeats.com/
Martin recently won worlds best grass fed steak with his Longhorn rib eye steak and it’s easy to see why. The Longhorn beef, Gloucester old spot pork and Cotswold lamb are all top quality and are dry aged in a Himalayan salt chamber.
Turner and George – http://www.turnerandgeorge.co.uk/
One of the first online butchers I ordered from and still one of the best. A vast range of meats and cuts available all selected from top quality native breeds. They also stock Galician and Basque steaks which are very nice. You can also email to request any cuts or meats not on the website. Free delivery over £50.
BBQ Gourmet – http://www.bbqgourmet.co.uk/
Probably the widest UK selection of BBQ rubs, sauces, marinades and injections from around the world. They come highly recommended by Artust Wimthag on Twitter and he is a BBQ rub and sauce expert who also runs the Rub Club (Below).
Rub Club – Rub Club
The rub club draws the names of the lucky winners to receive a sample of a different rub on a regular basis. Sign up to be in with a chance to join in.
UnitedQ – http://unitedq.co.uk/
I first started listening to these podcasts last summer. I had to paint all of the fences in my back garden and it was a tedious task but these podcasts got me through it! A new episode is released every week and I listen to it without fail when driving to work. A wide variety of guests have been on and each episode is genuinely interesting. Beware though, some of the episodes can leave you wanting to spend a lot of money! (IO Shen, Kamado Joe, Oxford Charcoal, Pro Q)
Smokewood Shack – http://www.smokewoodshack.com/
Another great quality product and one that I use almost exclusively when grilling, smoking and cold smoking. James has a wide variety of wood types available in chunks, chips and dust form with offers on for bulk purchases. Delivery is always quick and the quality of the product is always top notch.
Some of the blogs previously mentioned have good video resources but there are other sites worth watching also:
BBQ with Franklin – https://www.youtube.com/user/BBQwithFranklin
Free videos from the master of BBQ showing how to cook each of the popular items from his restaurant. Well worth a watch.
Pitmaster X – https://www.youtube.com/user/BBQpitmasterx
Loads of great videos on here covering the full spectrum of BBQ equipment, recipes and pizza ovens.