BUT FIRST, COFFEE

The English are known as a nation of tea drinkers, there’s nothing more English than the thought of your nan in a flowery hat with a bone china cup and a fresh brew.  And I like a cup of tea, but I LOVE a cup of coffee.  I am in fact, like many, a coffee…

(LUCK OF THE) IRISH BARBECUE

From last week’s blog post we travel from the Land of brisket barbecue, Texas to… Ireland?  Wait, wait, wait hear me out.  You might just be interested to know that not everything in Ireland is boiled. But before we head into the facts, another Irish themed Jack connotation for you readers as told by me…

YEE HAW! TEXAS BARBECUE

Like most little boys, when I was a young wee Jack I knew I wanted to be a Cowboy when I grew up. Not the sort of Cowboy that would tarmac your drive for £9.50, a true Texan Cowboy. I would often imagine myself as a gun slinger, drinking in old style saloons and lassoing cattle…

THE VEGANS ARE COMING!!!

Up until a few weeks ago I literally thought that nutrition was all about eating when you’re hungry. But apparently there’s a lot more to it than that.  And there’s a hell of a lot of bullshit out there. At the risk of sounding like some kind of diet Diva know-it-all, I’ve noted that since…

THE CARB BEFORE THE STORM

I was extremely privileged to be asked to write an article for the brilliant UK BBQ Magazine recently and my initial reaction was “awesome mate, of course I will!!” It wasn’t until I returned home of course when reality set in, followed by panic and of course a complete mind blank. What on earth was…

TRAEGER? WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

Mrs Shack’s guide to outdoor cooking machinery and why it matters. It’s not really a secret that we love Traeger here at the shack.  Let’s not overlook the obvious.  We talk about it all the time, we blog about it, we take pictures of us next to it and plaster them all over Instagram. Jack is…

TO BRINE OR NOT TO BRINE – THAT IS THE QUESTION

If only Shakespeare had a wood pellet grill I guarantee his writing wouldn’t be half as sombre…. So what the bloody hell is brining I hear you ask and why invest in the bother?  Brining is one of those things that takes us back to the Olden Days where the process of submersing meat in…

A FEISTY OLD BIRD

It was like Christmas at the Shack Household recently.  Although it was the middle of May and the sun was shining you would well have thought that Santa had actually squeezed his fat arse down our chimney to see Mrs Shack’s expression when she laid eyes on the Ginger Pig box waiting for her on…

THIS LITTLE PIGGY DIDN’T GO TO MARKET

Since I started my journey down the rabbit hole of all things BBQ I have found myself starting to question the provenance of my meat. I fell we need to do more as a consumer, what we see wrapped and neatly presented on the supermarket shelfs for our convenience has had a journey and I…

BBQS AREN’T JUST FOR BOYS

Sorry guys, but this is a takeover.  Mrs Shack has the microphone… I used to be the salad spinner at our barbecue events.  Ok, I’ll give myself a tad more credit.  I would be salad spinner, head cocktail waitress, sous chef in charge of sides and desserts and Managing Director of the clean up operation. …