National Barbecue Week

National Barbecue Week

Alfresco eaters all over the country are looking forward to the 14th ‘National Barbecue Week’. This celebration of all things char grilled runs from May 31st to June 6th
In Shropshire, the Ludlow Food Centre have got involved by developing some new barbecue recipes for this year’s National Barbecue Week . John Brereton, Head Butcher at the Food Centre, said,

“In previous years it’s been hard to anticipate whether barbecue food will sell so we are hoping that a good spell of weather and England doing well at the World Cup will make people want to get the barbecue out and try something new”

John and his team in the Food Centre’s butchery have worked on new recipes such as Beef Swirls using marinated minute steaks that are rolled up and skewered ready for cooking. John has also produced Chicken Satays, Lamb Kebabs and Ranch Steaks to broaden the appeal of the barbecue beyond common burgers and bangers. The beef, lamb and rare breed Gloucester Old Spot pork is all reared on the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate surrounding Ludlow and John is able to select livestock himself,

‘Because we butcher whole carcasses we have to be inventive and imaginative to make sure we utilise all the different cuts. There are many cuts that are great for barbecuing and we have tried to show customers how this can be done’

The Centre is also aiming to compete with the supermarkets on price but is sticking to its policy of only using local meat, believing that local barbecue chefs should use local produce. Tom Hunt, Marketing Manager says

‘We want to give customers variety and locally reared meat that doesn’t cost the earth. Although we can’t compete with the supermarkets buying power we save on distribution because our meat never leaves the county. This means we can offer our customers the best quality, local barbecue products that are great value for money’

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