The Big Grill, Europe’s largest BBQ festival, is returning to Dublin’s Herbert Park in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 this August and our summer just got better.
Now in its fifth year, The Big Grill celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke, bringing chefs, cooks and pitmasters from Ireland, UK and further afield together.
Taking place from August 16th to 19th, it’s expected that there will be over 20,000 visitors to The Big Grill, with guests getting the opportunity to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks.
This year’s fire-filled lineup, curated by pitmaster & festival co-founder Andy Noonan, has a distinct international street food vibe with New York, London, Buenos Aires and Birmingham all represented.
Angie Mar joins for the first time from New York, bringing bold flavours from The Beatrice Inn, her underground version of the traditional Manhattan chophouse, while Billy Durney brings his award-winning Brooklyn Hometown BBQ to Dublin, widely regarded as the best BBQ joint in New York.
Straight from opening London’s hottest new barbecue joint Smokestak, David Carter will showcase his grown up street food barbecue and wood smoked meats, while nomadic BBQ warrior Andy Stubbs from Low’n’Slow Birmingham will dish up his unique unauthentically authentic Mexican, taking influences from traditional Texas BBQ.
Here at home, Gráinne O’Keeffe, head chef at Clanbrassil House and culinary director of BuJo, will bring her charcoal grill skills and burger expertise.
On the Sunday, renowned Irish chef Paul Flynn brings a taste of his award-winning restaurant and cookery school, The Tannery. He’ll be joined by Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Smokehouse who shares his wealth of smoke knowledge and knife making & sharpening skills.
Returning pitmasters include Robin Gill (The Dairy, London), John Relihan, Ramo Bassilo, Jack May and Mark O’Brien. Hunter Gather Cook led by Nick Weston returns with a weekend of wild food, fire lighting and bushcraft themed demos, alongside a wild game water wheel rotisserie and the Whole Dexter Steer Roast returns this year.
While the barbecue takes centre stage, the devotion doesn’t stop with the food. DJ BBQ our head of ‘catertainment’ hosts Bastecamp the smoking hub of the festival and Nick Solares from of Eater.com Meat Show returns to feast his way around the festival.
Last but not least, the wildly popular, crowd pleaser Hot Wing and Chilli Challenges are back, bigger and better than ever. Watch brave souls who think they can take the heat live on stage.
For more information about the festival and to book tickets, visit biggrillfestival.com.