If there’s one kind of PR request that I’m likely to say a big fat yes please to, it’s one that involves free food. So when Asda got in touch to ask if I’d be interested in sampling a large chunk of their new Butcher’s Selection BBQ range I, erm, said a big fat yes please.
My sister and her family were down for the weekend so we all descended on my parents’ house with its bigger garden, bigger barbecue – most hobbits would pour scorn on ours as they towered above it – and the guarantee that there wouldn’t be any cases of food poisoning as, if I’m honest, I was helping my Dad rather than doing all the hard work myself. This is a good thing – if I’d been in charge, I would have either undercooked the meat or incinerated it.
Apparently, Asda had the only British team at the World BBQ Championships in Memphis this year and asked us to try a veritable feast, so they seem to be taking promoting this range seriously! We tried the following:
- Bourbon beef brisket
- Pulled pork shoulder
- Rack of ribs
- Extra Special maple & bacon sausages
- Chinese chicken thighs
- Buffalo chicken wings
- Extra Special vintage cheddar burgers
Very nice they all were too. My favourite was the beef brisket, but the pulled pork comes a close second. The chicken thighs and wings were great too, but quite spicy. I recommend eating these with a nice, cool beer nearby. Any excuse eh?
The kids made short work of the burgers and sausages, devouring them mercilessly. My brother-in-law, Sam, once described me as “… not a man but a remorseless eating machine”. That was before we all had children. I think that mantle has now been passed down to the next generation if our family barbecue was anything to go by!
So if you’re planning a late-summer barbecue while the decent weather is still here, I can recommend the Asda Butcher’s Selection BBQ range. There are some other things in it that I’ll be buying to try out. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for continued sunshine!