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If, like me, you think about food for approximately 60% of your day (the other 40% is spent eating it) then you would have noticed that BBQ is the cuisine d’jour right now. You can’t walk ten metres in that there London without coming across an uber trendy new restaurant who do some outrageously gluttonous version of authentic Southern BBQ. And with the steady stream of new burger joints popping up across our city, it seems Bristol isn’t far behind.
But whilst the competition for Bristol’s best burger is well and truly ON (Atomic Burger are still the one in my book, but The Burger Joint and Guerilla Burger are hot contenders) anyone hoping to take the title of Bristol’s King of the Grill needs to stop in their tracks. Why? Because Grillstock have got it DOWN!
I’d be surprised if any of you Bristol lot haven’t heard of Grillstock by now, but for those of you a bit further afield here’s all you need to know. Grillstock is the brain child of Jon Finch and Ben Merrington – a pair of BBQ fanatics who felt the UK BBQ scene was, well…a bit shit. Inspired by their travels in the States, they decided to bring real BBQ to Bristol, and Grillstock was born.
But not content with a festival and a super successful stall in St Nick’s under their belts, the Grillstock boys have branched out even further – they’ve gone and got themselves a restaurant!
And what a restaurant it is!
Nestled on Clifton Triangle, Grillstock’s new joint is everything we’ve come to know and love. Living up their mantra of Meat, Music, Mayhem, the vibe in the restaurant is just the right balance. The open kitchen gives a glimpse of the hustle and bustle that goes into their BBQ, whilst the long communal benches make for a very laid back dining experience.
The menu is unashamedly meat-centric, as you’d expect, so apologies to our veggie friends – this isn’t going to be your kind of blog post. The staple dish, BBQ plates, start at £8, and include your choice of meat (pulled pork, brisket, ribs or chicken) as well as a huge pile of chips, a dollop of coleslaw, a wedge of cornbread and best of all, a home-made smoked sausage link. Will, my meat loving other half, stated that the sausage was the best he’d ever had, and trust me – he’s a bit of an expert!
I went with the burger, which at £7 was a steal. Served with a side of chips and slaw, and topped with pulled pork, pickles and cheese, it made for a monster of a meal, and the burger itself was definitely up there as one of the best burger patties I’ve ever tried (hey @bristolfoodies – you need to get yourself down here!)
There’s not much more I can say about Grillstock other than they’re doing everything right and you need to get yourself down there ASAP! And of course, let us know what you think – I have a sneaking suspicion you’ll love it!