If you’ve missed Smokestak’s iconic barbecue brisket as much as we have, you might have already delved into its Saturday barbecue takeaway offering. However, if you missed that or prefer to work the grill yourself, you’ll be glad to know that the restaurant is starting up Smokestak at Home: DIY bun boxes and smoked meats by the pound for delivery across the country. Delivered via an overnight courier, these premium cuts can be with you ASAP for the upcoming good weather we hope to receive across the summer months. Have your home barbecue but better with Philip Warren Butchers meats, fully-smoked/cooked in Smokestak’s Shoreditch restaurant before being chilled and vacuum-packed in a thermally insulated and recyclable box.
Preparation on your end is simple; reheat and assemble according to the included instructions and then sit back and enjoy in the sunshine. Will you go for the 15-hour smoked beef brisket, brined pulled pork shoulder, dryrubbed pork belly or the chilli and fennel sausage? Of course, you can do a barbecue justice and go for all of it – a 2-pounder kit contains half a pound of each item or there’s the 4-pounder kit, with a pound of each of the above. You can also sink your teeth into the whole 30-day dry aged beef rib racks you might already know and love, as well as the iconic sticky toffee pudding. All kits come with sauces and house pickles. Mark Friday 10 July in your calendars as you won’t want to miss out. Smokestak’s classic cocktails (Grapefruit Negroni, Burnt Peach Old Fashioned, Bloody Mary and Rum Punch can also be ordered pre-bottled). Delivery across London immediately; nationwide from 31 July.
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2/ Cue Point
Fancy a fusion of Mexican, Indian and Afghan food concepts? Enjoy the Afghan barbecue tacos, featuring Afghan-style grilled meats in naan tacos (nacos) and I assure you, your tastebuds will all be highly satisfied. Meal kits consist of the brisket bun with smoked brisket, six brioche buns, Jalapeño jam, BBQ sauce, house pickles and the naco DIY kit which includes smoked brisket, smoked lamb, naan tacos, Afghan green chutney, crispy onions, red onion pickles, jalapeño jam, sour cream, and pickled chillies. Each kit serves six or three people. If meal kits aren’t your thing and you prefer to go à la carte, there’s plenty of mains to take your fancy, with all meats vacuum-packed and just requiring a simmer in boiling water.
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3/ Mac & Wild
Want to mix things up on the barbecue? Why not opt for Mac & Wild’s Venimoo Burger Kits: a DIY burger box, complete with everything to up the ante on your at-home burger-making. Now with nationwide delivery available, these Highland-bred wild venison and beef kits can be easily made thanks to the step-by-step recipe card and video link. Each kit will come with four wild venison patties, four beef patties, baby gem lettuce, gherkins, burger cheese slices, two peeled and finely sliced onions and sesame brioche buns. There will also be sachets including a selection of sauces such as béarnaise, mustard and Mac & Wild’s Red Jon – ready to fully recreate the award winning burger on the barbecue at home.
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4/ HG Walter
If your cooking has come along quite nicely during lockdown, perhaps it’s time to steer away from the meat aisle in the supermarket and switch to premium cuts of meat from the butchers? It can only amp up your cooking, grilling and barbecue dishes, HG Walter is an independent, family run butchers, supplying to some of London’s best restaurants. Were you a fan of the iconic River Café and Kricket before Covid-19? You can get the same cuts from HG Walter online (though they do have a shop in Barons Court too). There’s a variety to choose from, across beef, lamb, pork, poultry, veal and venison but let’s talk about the boxes… Coined as ‘survival boxes’, these will truly save your meat dishes or barbecue woes – if you had any. As well as fruit, veg and dairy boxes, HG Walter has the meat survival box, the steak box and the BBQ box on offer. The basic BBQ box for four features a bavette steak, four pork chops, four burgers, four chicken thighs, two lamb chump steaks, six country style sausages, a house BBQ rub, a sweet and sticky barbecue sauce and Cornish sea salt. All meat is vacuum packed and suitable for freezing in case the good old British weather doesn’t play ball.
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4/ Flank London
Flank at Home offers a selection of three meat boxes to create your favourite dishes at home. Choose between a basic, supreme and a deluxe, depending on the cuts of meat you’re after and how much you want to have. The Basic meat box includes 400g Hereford 30 day bavette/ flat iron, 500g 30 day aged Longhorn short ribs, 300g 30 day aged Shorthorn burger mince and 500g Yorkshire white pork belly. Or opt for the Supreme to get your hands on 750g 30 day aged Shorthorn rib eye, 600g 30 day aged Hereford bavette/flat iron, 750g 30 day aged Longhorn short ribs, 500g 30 day aged flank burger mince and 750g Yorkshire white pork belly. Depending on whether you’re cooking a family feast or planning to freeze the meat and enjoy quality meals for weeks to come, these meat boxes will definitely add something special. Grill in the oven or on the barbecue; each box comes complete with recipe cards to create Flank’s iconic dishes just like they would.
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5/ Bacardi X Berber & Q
After the success of their BBQ and cocktail pack during the last week of June, Bacardi and Berber & Q have teamed up once again to provide a couple of barbecue recipes to see your summer through. Enjoy smoked chicken thighs, paired with a Barcardi spiced caramel sauce, with grilled broccoli on the side (vegetables are always better on the grill).
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6/ Philip Warren
If you’re someone who has felt the closure of restaurants and is missing your regular fix of premium meat cuts, On the Pass by Philip Warren Butchers might just be your saving grace. Now, the meat that was originally for the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants can be in your fridge, ready to cook, grill and barbecue. This is not limited to steaks and burger patties by any means; consumers can enjoy whole free-range ducks originally meant for Paul Ainsworth at No.6 in Padstow or the hogget (two-year-old lamb) destined for Kiln in Soho. Philip Warren Butches is known for its innovative dryageing techniques, as well as use of native livestock breeds, plus it controls humidity levels, air flow and temperature for its meticulous and premium long-raging process. On the Pass not only allows meat-lovers to enjoy these premium cuts at home but it also saves them from going to waste and keeps the farmers in work, while Covid-19 has put a pause on the hospitality industry. Cuts available include 55-day aged sirloin, Guinea Fowl, Free-range duck, Tomahawk rib, Whole beef fillet, Quarter and half hogget.
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