April 23rd, 2013
On Sunday the sun shone (for a bit) and the temperature rose to about 14ºC. Trusting the forecast, my friend Rabina had a barbecue with a distinct rum theme – somehow we got away with good weather – spring has sprung!
Above are Rabina’s rum ‘n’ coke marinated ribs, which were delicious.
I bought a kilo of Jackfish from Golborne Road Market – I was looking for sardines, which were thin on the ground, but the man at the fish stall recommended Jackfish as having a taste somewhere between mackerel and sardines.
I cleaned and gutted the fish before cooking them whole on a charcoal barbecue.
The fish were drizzled with olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon, then sprinkled with Wild Garlic Falksalt and cracked black pepper. Falksalt is put together in Sweden, but the sea salt itself comes from Cyprus.
The Jackfish turned out to be delicious – I’ll definitely be using Falksalt again. I’d be inclined to fillet the fish next time – they have lots of little bones like their mackerel cousins.
Rabina mixed up a guacamole with avocado and spring onions to snack on, while the food cooked.
Robert arrived with a second set of ribs,
marinated overnight in his homemade barbecue sauce, which, among other things, contained tomato, thyme, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika. It was very good and far more like an American barbecue sauce than its tamer English cousin.
The ribs turned out beautifully.
On the side we had a red cabbage coleslaw and
home made oven fries,
sprinkled with Robert’s ground barbecue rub
to give them a hot and spicy flavour.
Last but not least, we had sweetcorn cooked in a cast iron griddle pan,
which turned out better than if it had been barbecued!
Before and during eating, we got through a bottle or two of Cava, Prosecco and Rioja. Afterwards Rabina put together some rum cocktails: Burnt Oranges – rum, blood orange pulp, lemon, Angostura Bitters and Guinness, followed by Dark and Stormy – rum, lime, Angostura Bitters and ginger beer. If I remember correctly, Dark and Stormy was the favourite.
Everything looks good!
Thanks Rosemary – very good and so nice to be outside 🙂
What a arty foody extravaganza the gathering experienced.
The food was groovy & the folks as well.artyGent&Lady.XX
That was quite an afternoon 🙂
Looks a wonderful BBQ MD all the food looks first rate,but those ribs…..mmm
Thanks Marcus – very good food and drink 🙂
I have utter barbecue envy, the whole meal looks delicious and with Prosecco and Cava and cocktails? You lucky people. The ribs look outstanding. Great post!
Thanks Tracey – I hope you get some better weather in Scotland soon! I think I should take a leaf from your book and try ribs with harissa next time 😉
A wonderful dinner party, and when you get one of those perfect english evenings they are such gems. I love ribs and really should make my own sauce more often! c
Thanks Cecilia – I should too! In my experience, so far, most English barbecue sauce is quite dreadful and inferior to the stuff you find in America. Robert’s sauce could have been from a good barbecue shack in the southern states 🙂
I hope this means you are gong to get the recipe for us!
I might make up my own recipe, but I’ll certainly ask Robert for his 😉
Wow, I’d happily eat all of that! Great post. Jack fish is a new one for me, ill have to lookout for it.
Thanks Phil – Jackfish was a new one on me too, but I’ll definitely buy it again 😉
Thank you for my lesson of the day: Falksalt – like the idea of the wild garlic . . . must make enquiries 🙂 !
Thanks Eha – the fish tasted great, but you might get equal results rubbing it with regular sea salt and garlic. I do love the idea of sea salt and wild garlic though 😉
What a fabulous barbecue! Everything looks fantastic!
Thanks Tessa, it was a great way to wake up from winter 😉
Oh….the rum and coke ribs and the dark and stormy reminds me of our Bahamian bbq’s! Nothing like Island flavours to make me smile! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time!!!!
Thanks Carla – I bet you been to some great BBQ’s in the Bahamas 🙂
Yes sir….and dark and stormy’s are our favorites too!
¡Qué rico todo, MD! 😉
Gracias Giovanna 🙂
As ever, another fun get together with friends! Will have to look out for Jackfish, have never tried it/them!
Hopefully, one day, you and Big Man will be in town and can come to one of the lunches 🙂
Now that sounds like the way to do it. A relaxing dinner with friends, wine, and a gril preparing delicious food. Life is good! 🙂
Thanks John – we especially appreciated being able to stand outside too 😉
Wonderfully chosen and prepared food as ever, MD. You would be such an excellent eating and drinking companion:)
Thanks Roger – I bet you are too 😉
What a spread! Wow. Better than a food magazine. Wish I were there to enjoy the feast.
Thanks Ruth – maybe Flat Ruthie needs an outing … 🙂
That’s quite a barbecue! Delicious ribs and corn cobs too….and guacamole…. best to catch the barbecue weather while you can this spring!
Thanks and you are quite right – there won’t be any barbecues this weekend.
I think I have become soft living here, feeling chilly when it dropped to 13C this week….that’s evening temps though ;0) the Jack fish looks great, perfect for BBQs. Is it like a sardine?
Thanks Allison – the Jackfish are similar to Sardines and delicious, but they do have lots of bones like Mackerel 🙂
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