Sarnies are latest food to get US-style smokehouse makeover

Anyone else lamenting the paltry number of decent weekend BBQ opportunities we’ve had so far this year?

If, like me, you hanker after that wonderful taste of smoky, char-grilled food then at least there’s some good news in the form of the UK’s first range of smokehouse, pulled meat sandwiches.

Smokehouse is the name given to the process of tenderising and flavouring meat over charcoal, hot coals or wood which adds a unique succulence and taste to the dish.

Smokehouse - one of the hottest restaurant trends across the UK right now

Smokehouse – one of the hottest restaurant trends across the UK right now

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Raise a bottle of ale to celebrate Beer Day Britain

I know I’ve been banging on about ale a bit lately but an event takes place today that any beer lover should know about.

Britain’s national drink is set to be celebrated for the first time ever in an event aimed at raising awareness of the UK’s great brewing heritage.

Beer Day Britain takes place today with Brits being encouraged to raise a toast and ‘hail the ale’ wherever they may be as well as post photos of themselves on social media enjoying a drink.

Members of the Tesco beer team toast the success of Beer Day Britain

Members of the Tesco beer team toast the success of Beer Day Britain

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Golden ale – the beer helping to change the taste of a nation

I’ll admit now that I’m something of a beer evangelist when it comes to promoting the delights of ale, especially to dyed in the wool lager drinkers.

I’ve got plenty of friends and colleagues for whom drinking lager is a lifestyle choice – a young man’s beer as opposed to ale which has in the past suffered from an unfair reputation for being a drink enjoyed primarily by old fogeys.

Much of that perception had to do with the serving temperature of beer. Lager is served chilled while ale was served at room temperature.

Golden ale - blurring the boundaries between ale and lager

Golden ale – blurring the boundaries between ale and lager

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