The first barbecue (that I took a picture of)

Welcome! This is to be my first attempt at making a proper job of a blog, and its subject will be that greatest of all British cuisines (yes, we took it and made it our own), the Barbecue. Over the coming weeks, myself, my partner Gemma, and our dog Rosie (who is surprisingly keen on barbecues) have set ourselves a target of 30 barbecues by the end of September. We’ve done six so far (and I’ll post on those soon) – that’s five a month. Easy! (?)

In this blog, I’ll be covering a few of my recipes, and my general barbecue escapades (hey, if the weather takes a turn for the worse, there may even be an indoor barbecue – or ‘oven cooking’, as we call it). I hope you enjoy it, and please do get involved in the comments.

Why not start by having a look at the equipment that we use, or some recipes?

Yours grillingly,

17 thoughts on “Hello!”

  1. First post! Well, first comment, anyway. Welcome to the blogosphere, Matt!

    Looking forward to BBQ-related updates. Let me know if you need a hand with any WordPress-related stuff.

    1. Cheers Jez. I’ve had a wordpress blog for a while on my other site ( but have never put anything in it (which tends to be my general issue with blogging). Apart from arguing with MySQL, adding another was simple.

  2. At last a site dedicated to the fine art of BBQing! Good point on the quality of BBQ my partner and his family are keen BBQers and when their last BBQ went to the big skip in the sky they bought a cheap ass one that took them 5 hours to essemble. Did this discourage their spirits or urge for a BBQ…NO, they BBQed in the dark at 11.30pm!

    1. Haha. Yeah, we’ve had the same problems ourselves. It seems Gem has been at work spreading the news since I haven’t announced this blog exists yet, lol.

  3. She has indeed and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get some nice sunny weather so that you hit your 30 BBQ’s target :)

  4. we have gone through countless BBQ’s cheap not so cheap gas etc etc favorite bbq food kebab’s. Now lets pray for weather ! Great looking site Matt.

    1. Thanks! I’ve never been a fan of gas BBQs, but the good ones are really good. Works out cheaper in the long run too I guess.
      Kebab recipe coming soon…

  5. Is this not all a bit Julie and Julia? Also, there’s a James Beard with a book called “The Complete Book of Barbecue & Rotisserie Cooking”

    Couple of user friendliness suggestions – a preview button to make sure what you’re posting is what you think you’re positng; and clickable xhtml inserts above the comment box – just makes life so much easier!

    1. Haha. I can see the comparison to Julie and Julia, but then I’m only chasing my own target, not the recipes of someone else. However, if you’re intimating I could get a book deal out of this, then sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰ can’t see that being the case, mind!
      Thanks for the suggestions, they’re all good. I’ll look into modifying the commenting system as I imagine there are plugins for that, but if it means losing the comments so far I’d be a bit hesitant.
      Also, I fixed your comment for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Well that didn’t work. I think there’s something wrong with your parsing – why is the exclamation point the name of the link? And why does it think the link is a sub page of this one?

  7. It’s because you’re a silly billy, Chris. HTML links take the form < a href="" >link title< / a >. :)

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