So this post has been a long time coming, just like the last one. But amazing food is always worth writing about, even long after the event. And the Fire & Salt Cookout, hosted by Mal (aka Mangechester) was AMAZING. You can read more about the event in his post, but please, I implore you, ignore the horrendous photograph of me eating ribs. A woman should never be photographed eating ribs.
Now, I'm a MASSIVE fan of all things barbecue. And all things meat. In fact, smoky barbecued meat might well be in my top ten things that I love. Who am I kidding, it's easily top five. The Soldier will attest to the fact that I make a mean pulled pork and a fairly incredible (modesty is my middle name) slow-cooked brisket (pictured above) but the food at Fire & Salt took meaty joy to a whole new level.
1) Picking the pig 2) Dinosaur ribs and slaw
3) & 4) Incredible homemade sauces and happy faces
5) Ribs, slaw, mac 'n' cheese, hush puppes 6) Ribhenge
LOOK AT THOSE RIBS.
I have a fairly big appetite and have been known to out-eat pretty much everyone I've ever met. Helen vs Food is a game that The Soldier and I often play. I am not ashamed. HOWEVER, I met my match at Fire & Salt. I blame the four homemade sauces, the glorious pulled pork rolls (not pictured) and the fact that two people didn't turn up (the fools) for the fact that I ate far more than any decent human being should in one sitting. And then for the awful bloaty price that I paid afterwards. Still, I have no regrets.
Unfortunately the menu we had was a one-time only affair. BUT, if you're lucky enough to live in Manchester, or you fancy a roadtrip for some of the best barbecue that you'll ever eat, then Mal is hosting two Southern Summer Barbecues, on 11th and 18th August. Full details can be found here and I implore you to go and gorge yourselves on glorious meat. Unless you're a vegetarian, obv. In which case, soz about all the meat pictures.