The Suffolk Coast
  • It's BBQ Time!

It's BBQ Time!

When it comes to local food producers, we are spoilt for choice here on The Suffolk Coast. So, as summer gets into full swing, don your apron, fire up the coals and make your barbecue one your friends and family will talk about for weeks to come.

No barbecue is complete without a sizzling sausage, and you’d have to go some to find a better banger than one from The Real Sausage Shop and Butchery in Trimley St Martin.The meat is locally sourced and all sausages are made daily on the premises. Choose from a huge selection including pork and stilton, lamb and mint, spicy garlic, pork and ale, chilli, pork and tomato and beef, Guinness and garlic plus many more.

Stop by the nearby Bakery in Felixstowe for artisan breads, rolls and ciabattas to accompany your banger. For something a little bit different, try the wild boar burgers and venison sausages from the Wild Meat Company in Woodbridge. The birds and animals they harvest are sourced from neighbouring farms, so in addition to the venison and wild boar, you could try wild rabbit, squirrel and hare, plus woodcock, pheasant and pigeon. You can buy direct from their website at www.wildmeat.co.uk, from one of the many local stockists or at local farmers markets in Snape and Woodbridge.

For juicy, succulent burgers, the Hereford beef, which is hung for a minimum of 21 days, from Hundred River Farm goes on to make a selection of products including beef and horseradish and beef and chilli burgers. Whilst you take your time choosing which to buy at their farm shop in Sotterley, near Beccles (or just have them all), kids can have fun in the on-site maize maze! You can also grab something for dessert too, with a huge range of yummy flavours of Hundred River artisan ice cream on offer.

Barbecues don’t have to just be a meat feast. Why not treat your guests to some delicious smoked fish from Anchor Smokehouse in Lowestoft?. Oak smoking fish at their smokehouse since 1878, Anchor Smokehouse still uses the traditional method of smoking over oak and hanging the fish on racks. Team members then climb up ladders within the smoke room to hang the lines, whilst wood chips are lit and allowed to smoke slowly. Their smoked fish and vegetables are available to buy online and from local farmers markets; choose from haddock, salmon and kippers and even smoked garlic!

Now that you've stocked up, try this recipe for Barbecued Venison Steaks, courtesy of The Wild Meat Company, and remember to send us an invite!

Preparation

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

4 venison loin steaks or venison haunch steaks

150ml red wine

2tbsp French wholegrain mustard

1tbsp soft brown sugar

2tbsp tomato purée

1tsp chilli powder (or to taste)

1 small onion

sliced 2 cloves garlic

crushed Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

If the steaks are thickly cut, put each steak between two sheets of cling film and flatten with a rolling pin to about ½" thick.

Place all the marinade ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Put the steaks in a dish and pour over the marinade.

Cover with cling film, put in the fridge and leave to marinate for about 2 hours, turning occasionally. Drain the meat from the marinade, season on each side and place on a hot barbecue.

Cook on each side turning regularly to ensure even cooking. Baste occasionally with the remaining marinade to keep moist.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

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The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

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The Ufford Crown

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The Crown Hotel Southwold

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