I love my music. I love my meat.
Put two of my favourite things together and you get GrillStock, the American styled BBQ and music festival that took over Albert Square last weekend. I was lucky enough to get a few VIP tickets courtesy of Google City Experts. (Thanks Google!) so I was more than happy to go check it out.
It was your standard Manchester day (gloomy, cold and drizzling) but that didn’t stop the people of Manchester from flocking to GrillStock. I mean, what’s a little rain when you are talking about good music and some amazing meat right?
I met my friend Tom who was slightly worse for wear after a rather heavy night, so the first thing we did was go get us some juice courtesy of Mannings Juice. Nothing better than some Apple, Strawberry and Rhubarb juice to wake you up.
That was as healthy as the day was going to get and it all went downhill from there. First up was a Smoked Dog from Street Dogs. The perfect little smoked pork sausage smothered with streaky bacon and cheddar. Tom was in food heaven!
I on the other hand went for the Smoked Brisket Sandwich from the guys at Fire and Salt which by the way was amazing! Simple but so very good.
We washed this down with a few bottles of Lazy Jack’s cider. Lazy Jack’s is my new favourite cider and I am currently obsessed with it. Try it out if you can get a hold of a bottle. Well worth it.
Tom and I watched a few bands on the main stage who were actuality really good. This was a music festival after all.
My favourites were the Rob Heron and The Teapad Orchestra. How is that for a name?
These guys were brilliant. I can’t really explain their music – it’s a rather odd mix of country, western swing and jazz but it works so well. Check them out – not shabby at all.
Seb joined us and we decided to go back to trying out all the food – there were so many food joints to pick from and they all looked so tempting.
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rib ‘O’ Beef anyone?
Or how about sheep testicles? Served with some creamy mayonnaise of course! Definitely the strangest thing we tried at Grillstock and it tasted errrm…just like chicken. NOT!
Would I try it again? Probably not but it was an experience! We washed it down with some Brooklyn Beers which definitely helped get rid of the after taste.
Speaking of Brooklyn Beers, they had a pretty epic bar with some amazing bands and DJ’s playing including DJ Yoda but my favourite feature was the photo booth. They had a photo booth – this day just got even better.
I enjoyed the music as Tom made good use of the freebies.
I clearly didn’t mind Tom getting killed by meat man!
Before long Matt joined us too and we watched the Chilli Eating competition.
And it was time for even more food! Flava It had these amazing pulled pork sliders which were the perfect start. I got talking to the lovely guys at Flava It and turns out you can actually buy the marinade to make them yourself. Not sure if mine are going to turn out so delicious but I shall keep you posted. Love a good local company – go check them out for some epic marinades.
Just in case we didn’t have enough burgers, we decided to have another one for good measure, this time a simple American cheese burger from CowBoy Burgers which Matt destroyed in less than a minute!
No BBQ festival would be complete without a rack of ribs right? So we went over and tried some hickory smoked rib racks at the Pit Smoked BBQ. Probably the messiest food to be eating but the sticky fingers were so worth it.
We also threw in a burger for good measure.
And some chilli chips.
And some nachos.
I could go on?
Mini cheesecakes from the guys at Love Cheesecakes was exactly what we needed to counter balance all the meat. I wanted them all – they all looked so good but my favourite has to be the Bailey’s cheesecake. Delish!
We sang along with Elvis before heading back home for a well deserved nap!
We had such a good day! The GrillStock Festival was all meat, music and mayhem. Roll on 2015.