Review: Girders Garden’s New BBQ Menu

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.

After months of planning, tasting and experimenting – not to mention a few trips down to customs, Girders is finally ready to invite us all round for BBQ and chill. Boasting a brand new BBQ menu that features beef, chicken and pork, it is bound to satisfy even the most highly regarded meat aficionado.

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The Girders’ beast (or baby depending on who you speak to) has taken a whole four months to complete the journey from it’s birth place in America to the terrace of this popular Dubai pub and, upon it’s arrival and a few tedious hours spent trying to explain to the big man down at customs what the behemoth 1,600lb smoker was intended for (after all it’s big enough to fit a body in) it is no surprise that they have dedicated an entire menu to it.

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Myself and a handful of fellow bloggers were invited to the garden to sample some of these tried, tested and tried again recipes that Chef Thomas has invested so much time in. We enjoyed a short demonstration of how the restaurant smokes their melt-in-the-mouth brisket and learnt a surprising amount about the importance of the wood used in the smoker.

After watching the master at work and hearing more about his trial and error process to find just the right amount of wood chips, the perfect rub and the most sublime BBQ sauce we were invited to taste some of the offerings from the menu.

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As we returned to our seats suddenly the tables were laid with platters of mouth watering dishes including to fresh salads, a bucket of smokey wings and small slices of bread topped with sumptuous pulled beef. But more exciting than any of that was the sauce challenge. A selection of 4 BBQ sauces, all made in house, and the aim of the game was to guess which was which – of course I got it right and won a prize, but that’s besides the point.

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(1) Smoky Russian Smirnoff – with just a slight kick of vodka this one was great with the *Road Kill 1/2 Chicken

(2) Jack Daniel’s Smoke Pit Special – featuring that signature JD bite this sauce had a great spicy kick, I’d say it pairs best with pork.

(3) Guinness BBQ Sauce – a smooth and rich sauce with deep flavours that went hand in hand with the beef, absolutely delicious.

(4) No Booze BBQ Sauce – creamy, with a salad cream-esque flavour, I can’t say I was a huge fan but it did go well with the chicken.

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After the sauce test we dove, almost head first, into the wings, salads and other bites. The wings were simple, smoked and full of flavour, with the four sauces to choose from there was no excuse to leave a single one in the bucket. We also had the chance to sample the Cherry Wood Smoked Beef Brisket, Slow & Low BBQ Beef Ribs and Road Kill 1/2 Chicken, all of which were fork tender, packed with flavour and absolutly moreish. The brisket was, for me at least, the star of the show. Sliced this and still delectably juicy the beef oozed flavour, and when paired with a sauce or two and a light sprinkling of chilli or garlic salt there were almost no works except “yum” and “pass me another piece”. The sides were great too, go for the corn on the cob with chilli butter, you won’t be sorry!

I also have to mention the amazing team from Girders and INP who made the event happen, it was one of the best events I have ever been to. Perfectly executed, the evening went off without a hitch and everyone got to have lots of fun, so thank you to everyone involved.

If BBQ is right up your street and you love yourself a bit of the carnivore lifestyle then get down to Girders Garden to get your fix. Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays feature the BBQ Beef Mania and Smokin’ Hot Birds menus while Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays offer the Pork Lovers’ Party with Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs and Smoky BBQ Pork Neck.

* The chicken is not really road kill, promise.

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