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Jack May's lamb tomahaks at last year's festivalImage: @biggrillfestival

What To Expect At The Big Grill This Week

The Bill Grill is back!


The Big Grill takes place this week, from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th and we are already salivating at the thought of all of the amazing BBQ food we will be trying at this year's festival.

You might think you're a dab hand at the grill on a sunny day, but trust us, a weekend at The Big Grill will inspire you to be a pro pitmaster. And even if you're not into doing, you can participate by eating your way around the stalls in the lush green surroundings of Herbert Park. 

Now in its sixth year, the festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire and smoke as well as showcasing an incredible selection of Irish chefs, food producers and drinks. 

The London barbecue scene will be well represented, with Ali Borer head chef and co-owner of Smoking Goat and Lee Tiernan from the brilliant Black Axe Mangal making the trip to Dublin as will Neil Rankin from Temper Restaurants, his Soho head chef and asador expert Martin Anderson and Goatober’s & Cabrito’s James Whetlor. BBQ expert and author Genevieve Taylor will be making her first appearance he first time and Smokestak’s David Carter is back with his grown-up street food barbecue and wood-smoked meats. 

Representing the USA, Chris Lilly, six-time World Champion Pitmaster & owner of Big Bob Gibsons, one of the most famous BBQ joints in the USA is making his first trip to Ireland for The Big Grill. We’ve also got Mike Johnson from Sugarfire Smokehouse, St.Louis, and Jiyeon Lee & Cody Taylor from Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta, Georgia.

Chefs John Relihan and Jack O'Keeffe
Chefs John Relihan and Jack O'Keeffe

Homegrown talent 

Irish appearances include Grainne O’Keefe, Holly Dalton, Fingal Ferguson, Gaz Smith, Paul Flynn, John Relihan, Mark O’Brien, Rick Higgins and Graham Herterich. There are a host of brilliant restaurants getting ready to feed the masses at Herbert Park - Lucky Tortoise, Lil Portie, Fowl Play, Clanbrassil House, Kinara Kitchen, Bowls by Kwanghi Chan, Smokestak, Smokin Bones, Box Burger, The Cupcake Bloke. The only rule is that they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity.

Thirsty work

Green Man Wines will be pouring all sorts to match the food on offer. When it comes to craft beer, cider sours and low and no ABV booze, there is a choice of bars from Franciscan Well, Pilsner Urquell, The Bridge 1859, The White Hag, Rascals, Kinnegar Brewing, Eight Degrees, Black Donkey, Hopefully, Wicklow Wolf, Porterhouse, O'Haras, Dan Kellys, Dot Brew, Mac Ivors Cider, Scotts Cider, Sullivans Brewing Company, Trouble Brewing, Wicklow Brewery, Kildare Brewing Company, Boyne Brewhouse (Harvest Distillery). Cocktails and distilling fans can look forward to drinks from the Jameson Experience, Schweppes 1783, Dingle Gin and Mil Gin

Nose to tail experiences

The Offside Experience dinners are back again; an intimate, private dining experience with a focus on nose-to-tail eating, cooked on the Parilla grill alongside carefully curated drinks. Hunter Gather Cook present ‘A Wild Feast’ – using an array of locally foraged ingredients and wild game, paired with wild cocktails and natural wines. New Yorker Nick Solares will presents: 'All Good Things Come In Time...' – a journey through dry-aged steak and Asador expert Rama Basilio will present 'Parilla' – a four-course journey through Argentine Asador.

You can still get tickets for some of these unique events here.

For more information and tickets:

Further details on the festival and tickets (from €20) for the event are available on the website. Corporate groups and parties can avail of special rates.

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