Now in its sixth year, The Big Grill returns to the leafy surrounds of Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 from 15th – 18th August 2019 with a scorching lineup of international names and hot homegrown talent serving up specially created live fire dishes and of course plenty of craft drinks. The award-winning festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke bringing over 20,000 visitors to Dublin to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks. The only rule is that they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity.
This summer we’re fired up to welcome Canadian chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, internet sensation and VICE favourite Matty Matheson to Dublin for his first ever Irish festival. He’ll join forces with his good pal, Lee Tiernan from the brilliant Black Axe Mangal in London for a very special live fire feast with details and tickets announced very soon.
James Beard nominee Billy Durney will once again bring his award-winning Brooklyn Hometown BBQ to Dublin – last year he served us a perfect rendition of the Texas-style beef short rib using local Irish beef. And we’re thrilled to add a few more legendary USA barbecue experts to the lineup – Mike Johnson from Sugarfire Smokehouse, St.Louis, USA and Jiyeon Lee & Cody Taylor from Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta, Georgia.
As our homegrown talent continues to go from strength to strength we’re chuffed to have Grainne O’Keefe back, bringing her expertise of cooking on charcoal every day in Clanbrassil House and her burger knowledge from Bujo to the festival. We’ve some exciting new Dublin names joining us too, Holly Dalton from Gertrude and Gaz Smith from Michael’s, Lucky Tortoise Dim Sim, Bowls by Kwanghi Chan and Caribbean pop-up Lil’ Portie. And a few more returning Irish based scorchers include Jess Murphy from Kai in Galway, Paul Flynn from The Tannery in Waterford and Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Smokehouse.
Pioneer of London’s high-end barbecue scene, Neil Rankin from Temper Restaurants, returns to the festival with his exceptional nose-to-tail cooking. He’ll be joined by his Soho head chef and asador expert Martin Anderson and Goatober’s & Cabrito’s James Wheltor. BBQ expert and author Genevieve Taylor joins for the first time along with some of our favourite returning pitmasters Andy Stubbs from Low’n’Slow Birmingham, Smokestak’s David Carter, John Relihan, Rama Basilio, Jack May and Mark O’Brien. Hunter Gather Cook led by Nick Weston returns with a weekend of wild food, butchery, fire craft and woodland themed demos.
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 bringing barbecue experts and novices together for in-depth butchery, barbecue and smoking workshops. Nick Solares food writer and host of Meat Life returns to feast his way around the festival and host heated chats and interviews with our pitmasters. The wildly popular, crowd pleaser Frank’s Hot Sauce Wing and Chilli Challenges are back, bigger and better than ever. Watch brave souls who think they can take the heat live on stage. The Just Eat Waiters will be back roaming the festival and queuing for food so you don’t have to, Schweppes 1783 are the official mixer partner and will host a special cocktail bar all weekend and we’ll have an exciting bar installation with fun and games from the Jameson team.