7 Jul 2011
The day that two of my favourite purveyors of “man food” got together was a day I’d been highly anticipating. For one night only the fabulous steak house Hawksmoor showed up on the grill at Pitt Cue Co – the American style BBQ stand under the Hungerford Bridge. This night happened to be just last night!
By the time I arrived at around 6.30pm, they had a nice little queue forming for their special BBQ box. This box of tasty treats contained one of their classic Tamworth belly ribs, a “Not Dog” (consisting of a mix of pork, beef and secret spices) and as much home made kim chi as you cared to pile on top. Pitt Cue Co’s BBQ beans or coleslaw and pickles were also included in the box. All for only £7, this was one weighty and excellently valued meal!
I’d enjoyed the Tamworth belly ribs at Hawksmoor before but here, packed into a smokey box, on top of a saucy pile of BBQ beans, it took on a completely different dimension. The slow cooked, tender morsels of rib meat, easily torn apart with my wooden fork, seemed right at home amongst the sweet, savoury, barbecue flavours.
The “Not Dog” was amazing. Juicy, rich and bursting with umami. And it had never really occurred to me before but the kim chi paired so well with the meat, not unlike a spicy sauerkraut.
Pitt Cue Co also had their own offering of pulled pork which was also ordered in our group, and stacked up very well against the Hawksmoor offering.
I also ordered the Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew which if I recall, consisted of gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice and topped up with beer. Lovely and refreshing, although it made me wish for a sunnier, warmer day so I could enjoy it more instead of the slightly chilly wind.
And while we’re here, I might as well also mention my previous visit to Pitt Cue Co on a rainy day. We’d ordered the slow cooked ribs and BBQ beans, and it also came with a few pickles and a hunk of toasted ciabatta. At their standard £7 price per box, this is great value for so much tender, flavoursome protein.
What was clear to me from these visits was that both Hawksmoor and Pitt Cue Co know their stuff when it comes to BBQ! Masters of the slow cooked, smokey meats they are! Hawksmoor in particular have an impressive way of combining flavours that you’d never imagine would go together, but they just work. I can’t wait until my next visit to either of these eateries!
Pitt Cue Co
Under Hungerford Bridge
Branches at Covent Garden and Spitalfields