Barbecuing is the world’s oldest method of cooking, every culture seems to have its own version of it, from the South African Braai; the Hawaiin Luau or the Argentine Asado, we all love the ritual of cooking in the open air over a burning flame..
When it comes to what you are throwing on the barbie, meat is king. Visit Bransbury Park Butchers or Buckwells on Osborne Road, for some of the best local cuts of meat. For a quality sausage, try the award-winning ones from Stephen Humby Butchers on Tangier Road – the best banger for your barbie. For chicken and poultry, Farmers Choice Free Range has to be at the top of your list. Here, chickens are totally free range and to make your life easier, order online and they will deliver your goodies straight to your door. Alternatively salmon steaks, whole sardines and mackerel are also a firm favourite.
If you fancy getting out of the back garden, there are a few designated areas where you can get your grill on. The main area is the common near Clarence Pier, as well as Southsea Castle and adjacent to the Canoe Lake. Check portsmouth.gov.uk for an the up-to-date map of exactly where you can and can’t barbecue.
For those who prefer their food indoors (well, we do live in England!) then barbecuing is popular enough to have restaurants dedicated to the cooking style. Try Korean-style barbecued food at Twins BBQ or go Brazilian at Casa Brazil where your choice of marinated meat is sliced at your table.
If you are lucky enough to be in the same vicinity as The Meat Thief – a mobile BBQ catering company, then get ready for a taste-sensation. Find them at local events and markets serving up tasty treats, including their honey and milk pork chops and BBQ whiskey chicken.