BBQ Accompaniments for the Summer

BBQ Mini-Series: Cottage Delight Range

So, it’s officially the British summer and it’s that time when we fellas refuse to wear sun cream, go an offensive shade of puce and revert back to our Neanderthal instincts by making a fire to burn meat on.

I love BBQ season but living in the UK makes it tough to predict and event more difficult for retailers, producers and eateries to plan for. However each year the offering keeps on getting better and better and the categories that the BBQ occasion spans is ever increasing. We would now happily shop the meat aisles, bakery, salad section, spices, oils, condiments and, of course, the booze aisle. BBQ is much more than a category in retail; it’s an occasion, a mood, an ambience and something that the whole nation, nay the world, goes crazy for.

BBQ has increased in popularity over the last few years with the explosion of street food trucks and festivals that have shown the common household cook what is possible with a fire, a hotplate and a bit of food soul. If we get invited round to a friends for a Saturday afternoon Barbie it’s no longer acceptable to serve salmonella sausages or botulism burgers. Now we expect brioche buns, sliders, low and slow briskets, sliders, kofte, shawarmas and a fabulous infusion of world flavours and tastes all on an undersized paper plate.

Now, I’m good with a pair of tongs and a hotplate but I don’t profess to being an expert by any stretch so I’d recommend you check out the BBQ Geeks for some absolutely top tips and the perfect BBQ.

This mini-series explores some of the new and great products and recipes that I’ve foraged and found this year to make Britain’s BBQ season great. So, even if we need to turn to supplements rather than the sun for our vitamin D, we can always enjoy well-cooked, well-seasoned and well-complimented meat.

Cottage Delight

Rating: 8/10

Packaging

Cottage Delight has such a diverse and broad range of products spanning a great number of categories from ciders to snacks and from sauces to juices but the company has done a great job of creating uniformity through its packaging and branding. The packaging is simple but appropriate by focusing in on the important messages to a foodie shopper: heritage, provenance and quality.

Price

£2.90 – £3.60 – for a 150ml bottle this is very affordable and excellently positions it against other similar sauces (in profile not origin) such as Nando’s and Encona.

Delivery

Pineapple and Jalapeno Salsa

Now, this was the product I was most looking forward to trying and it did not disappoint. The sweet combination of mango and pineapple are the first flavours to burst onto the tongue with the interlude provided by a great tomato base before the chilli steals the show with a smooth heat. This is a fantastic salsa that you could use as the base for a sauce but in my opinion you should just sit and consume with a spoon…no sharing!

Bloody Mary Salsa

This is simply fantastic. The salsa has a great combination of sweet and spicy with a real quality running all the way through the jar. This would be just right as a dip for tortillas or as a poor over sauce for almost anything in breadcrumbs.

Peppered Steak Sauce

This is much more subtle than a cream-based pepper sauce and the heat from the pepper corns has been taken down a notch or two by the tomatoes. This would marry beautifully with a steak burger in a soft, sweet brioche bun.

Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce

I’m a big fan of this. It really brings back tastes of the Deep South and the smoked notes really drift through the sauce to bring a real texture.

Bloody Mary Ketchup

I’ll be honest I was a little dubious as to whether I’d enjoy this condiment but it’s brilliant! It has a fantastic blend of fruity tomato, a slight chilli heat and an acidity provided by the vodka. This is the perfect accompaniment to any potato snack.

Verdict – in a word, spot-on! If you’re braving the British weather and barbecuing this summer then you can be assured that you won’t be disappointed if you treat yourself to a range from Cottage Delight. If, however, you’re an adventurous foodie you need to try the Pineapple and Jalapeno Salsa – it’s the business!

Details: http://www.cottagedelight.co.uk/

So all that leaves me is to ask: what’s your favourite BBQ recipe, tip or trick? Come on folks, leave me a comment below because sharing is caring.

Also, before you go take a look at my blog on a fantastic condiment I reviewed earlier in the year; it’s the perfect accompaniment to any pork dish.

Northern Munkee.