In the last 2 years since I've been writing this blog I've put on around a stone and a half in weight.
As my exercise regimen consists of a weekly walk to the van opposite my office to pick up a bacon and black pudding sandwich and because I don’t want to weigh 20 stone in 3 years time – something’s gotta give.
The plan is to revert back to my pre-blog weight by dieting for a couple of months and then... I’ll probably let the weight pile back on.
The one caveat is, I’m still going to eat out once a week whilst I'm dieting. Yesterday, a visit to Bristol to see an old school friend proved the ideal opportunity to finally try Grillstock in St Nicholas market. This BBQ stall, open 11:30ish-2:30pm Monday-Saturday, is owned by the people behind the festival of the same name.
The menu is brief, which is what you’d expect from a street food stall, but everything is chuffing lush.
All the food is smoked in what looks like a metal cupboard behind the counter. Apparently they’re pretty friggin expensive; otherwise I’d consider replacing one of my wardrobes with one.
Hickory smoked baby back ribs (£7) were absolute whoppers – some of the biggest they’d ever had delivered from the butchers. Sticky, smoky and tender, my face was plastered in barbecue sauce by the time I was through with them.
An accompanying portion of brisket burnt ends chilli (£1.50) is the reason I can never cook chilli con carne ever again. Smoked, impossibly tender beef was tempered with spices, onions and kidney beans.
Last up, an 18 hour hickory smoked pulled pork roll (£4.50) was my kind of sandwich. A decent enough seeded white roll was piled with awesome shredded meat. Light coleslaw (not the mayonnaise with a few bits of cabbage kind of stuff) provided crunch.
Grillstock is a must visit if you’re in Bristol. If the stall is anything to go by then I’d imagine the festival is too.
Address - St Nicholas Market, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ