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Down ‘The Hatch’ as another Trailblazer owner celebrates huge success! 

Street food BBQ The hatch

We would like to wish the best  of luck to proud Trailblazer BBQ owners and accomplished, award winning artisan street food guys, The Hatch!

These guys have had one heck of a year. From being crowned The Best Burger in Ulster, Highly commended winners of Street Food of the Year and finalists in the Food & Wedding Awards.

Ulster Best Burger, Street Food BBQ award

After conquering Ulster’s Best Burger, they are now on the hot pursuit for even bigger things. Next on the award radar is ‘The Best Burger in Ireland’ as they will be ‘burgering’ it out this year with some of the top players in hopes for that gold-plated trophy!

The Hatch and their talented chefs focus on cooking locally sourced produce on their Trailblazer BBQ and from what we hear, love smoking their own meat. They have even smoked from the Trailblazer 600s!

The Hatch Commercial BBQ, BBQ smokers UK commercial bbq smoker, branded BBQ trailer

Why not pay them a visit and see what the fuss is about! Their famous burger is a local Mourne Shorthorn Beef. If you would like to give them a vote for The Best Burger in Ireland 2019, jump across to their Facebook page and follow the directions. It takes no longer that 2 mins!

best burger in Ulster

Ps, feel free to send a few burgers to the Trailblazer factory for us to sample! ☺

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My First Review of the Trailblazer Alfresco 120 Charcoal BBQ

Alfresco 120 charcoal BBQ

Having been a member of the Trailblazer team for over a year now, I have had the pleasure of seeing and working within many areas of the company.

From seeing the Trailblazer range being built from scratch, upgraded, sold, serviced, used and frequently receiving positive customer feedback it didn’t take me long to realise just how unrivalled and superior Trailblazer BBQ is in the marketplace.

From day one I had always taken a shine to the Trailblazer range. However at the time, Trailblazer was very much a commercial range and therefore it wasn’t feasible to even think about owning my own Trailblazer BBQ.

But then the Alfresco 120 was born!

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Equipped with revolutionary features similar to its bigger brothers, the Alfresco 120 is Trailblazer’s first ever ‘prosumer’ product… and I had to get one.

From the three available colours, I decided to go for a Jet Red Alfresco.

Trailblazer BBQ charcoal grill

Undoubtably, since buying the Alfresco 120 we are finding ourselves using any excuse to get it lit & enjoy some family time over a beautifully seared meal.

Our Trailblazer has the whole family stoked as I frequently find my dad searching online for new BBQ ideas & charcoal cooking tips. My mum has actually ordered new garden furniture as the Alfresco transforms our garden and makes our current setup look outdated and worn.

Alfresco 120 charcoal BBQ

Last weekend was my cousin’s birthday so we invited him over for… yes, another BBQ. I had my dad man the grill whilst I jolted about the garden taking some snapshots.

After hearing the guys in work rave about barbecued asparagus wrapped in bacon, I had to give it a go and my gosh they didn’t disappoint!

Eager to get creative on the Trailblazer, I ordered a pizza dome online that was to be used to cover a pizza stone. Having arrived just in time for my cousins birthday BBQ it was a shame to realise I had in fact ordered a 8” melting dome. Despite no pizza, it was still put to great use in melting cheese over the juicy burgers.

Melting cheese on the Trailblazer BBQ

One of my favourite features of the Alfresco 120 is the ability to raise & lower the grill. The adjustable grill has already proved to be a party saver as it’s no secret that I’m no Gordon Ramsay. Without the ability to control the heat at the touch of a finger, many family members would have had to bravely enjoy an incinerated dinner.

Comparing the Alfresco 120 to our old charcoal BBQ really has no comparison. When barbecuing with our old kettle style BBQ it was like playing a competitive game of Tetris in order to try and get as much food squashed onto the small grill frame as possible. Often family members were left hangrily waiting for their portion to be cooked. Due to the Alfrescos largely superior grill size, it is no problem feeding the party in one sitting!

Large charcoal BBQ grill

After having several uses of the Alfresco, one thing has become clear. You will have no problem in appointing a chef for the BBQ, as people are jumping to get their hand in and turn a few burgers. The design, theatre and look of my Trailblazer is a real head turner and has really become the main talking point of our BBQ nights!

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“The All-New Alfresco 120 turned what was a great night into a spectacular one!”

Garden BBQ/Grill party

Targeted to be the ultimate BBQ/Grill for the home entertainer and BBQ enthusiast, we were keen to hear feedback and thoughts following a customers birthday party last weekend.

‘Mighty BBQ’, ‘Fantastic food’ ‘Spectacular,’  and ‘a night to remember’ were just a few quotes from Paddy’s friends and neighbours after a party where the Trailblazer Alfresco 120  ‘stole the show.’ 

Thrilled to hear how the Alfresco 120 exceeded Paddy’s expectations and as being the first ever Alfresco 120 review, we thought it’s only right to share his thoughts with you…

‘I always knew Trailblazer was a great product but I can now say it’s actually a magnificent one!’

“We had a fabulous night, the Trailblazer Alfresco made entertaining over 50 people effortless. 

You can see from the pics that the Trailblazers were the centre piece of the show and a total talking point for the night.

I knew that this was a great product but it’s actually a magnificent one. It turned what was a great night into a spectacular one. It was so quick and easy to light; the adjustable height made it so easy to control the temperature, cooked fabulous fish and there wasn’t a charred chicken leg or burnt burger in sight! 

Cleaning it out was quick and easy as well, and it looks great on the patio.  Having previously used gas BBQs, we are delighted with our Trailblazer, as we get the ease of cooking with gas but with the heat, smell and atmosphere created by charcoal.  Can’t wait for the next party!”                                                                                                          Paddy Farry.

Keen to upgrade your alfresco entertainment?

The Alfresco 120 is the ultimate home BBQ/Grill. Just wheel this luxurious BBQ/Grill out and watch it become the centrepiece of any party or social gathering.

Get in touch today – 028 90 57 9000

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Ireland’s Largest Outdoor Cinema Chooses Trailblazer BBQ

Retro Drive-In outdoor cinema Dublin

Retro Drive-In, featuring one of the world’s biggest outdoor screens, had a blazing time hosting Ireland’s largest outdoor drive-in cinema festival over St Patrick’s weekend.

Offering a cinema experience like no other, now thanks to their investment in a Trailblazer BBQ they can offer authentic charcoal grilling like no other to further enhance their customer’s experience.

After speaking with Barry Clarke of Retro Drive In, it was great to hear the unique theatre of our 600s grillmaster proved to be “very popular, selling over 500 burgers throughout the movie showings!”

Barry believes Trailblazer BBQ will be a great success for the future of Retro Drive In”

 

Trailblazer 600s Grillmaster BBQ in action Retro Drive-In cinema Dublin

 

There are many different industries and sectors that benefit from investing in a Trailblazer BBQ. Either as a core aspect of the business or simply as an additional service & hefty source of income. Upgrade any event location or entertainment venue through a trailblazer BBQ. Each unit is fully self sufficient giving the ability to cater anywhere, at anytime…all year round!

Give us a call for more information and how Trailblazer can significantly increase the profitability of your site!

Read more at:

https://www.retrodrivein.ie/

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Fire for hire, Dot’s Kart Doing A Roaring Trade

Dot's Kart using Trailblazer 600s Grillmaster BBQ

Even in Love NI Meat month it’s not just about the meat but how and where it’s cooked that gets the gastric juices going. With the tagline of ‘You book it, I cook it’ Pauline McGurk has those bases covered as well as many others with her Dot’s Kart mobile barbecue. The unique food service business hit the road last year with Pauline’s 30 years of catering experience driving the new venture. Since then she has moved through the gears having created her very own niche and is busy targeting and catering for the growing corporate and private markets. From builders to bishops and birthday parties, she attracts a wide clientele and, with the added advantage of mobility, is taking her services across the country.

“Everybody loves a barbecue but they hate doing them”, says Pauline who not only provides the food but all cutlery and crockery as well. “With Dot’s Kart all the client needs is somewhere for people to sit, I bring the food, the plates, the side dishes and look after all the rest. For example, I recently did a BBQ for 200 people on a building site where there was nothing but a hut for making tea. I’m booked to do a garden party for the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin so the range is wide and varied and I’m keeping very busy.”

Along with the staple BBQ offering of steaks, sausages and burgers, Pauline also customises menus on request, providing the bespoke service crucial to business success today. Coupled with her use of purely local produce, she is cooking up the perfect recipe being highlighted by the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

“All my food is prepared fresh, from the coleslaw to the sauces, all of which I prepare myself. I buy the vegetables locally and use the local butcher in Magherafelt, Diamond Meats. I’ve also started serving buffalo which, believe it or not, I’m sourcing locally.”

The buffalo is indeed being reared on Ballyriff Farm in Magherafelt and led to one particularly unique booking earlier in the summer.

“I put on a purely buffalo BBQ with buffalo burgers, steaks and sausages for neighbours of the farm who were watching the herd being reared and wanted to sample it for themselves. I’ve also done a lot of work with the eel fishery in Toome and serve up street eel and eel suppers at a range of events across the area.”

Those events have included the Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival and the revitalised Toome Fair, one of the oldest horse fairs in Ireland. At such gatherings the growing phenomenon of food and drink as a crucial part of the visitor experience is very much apparent.

“The Year of Food and Drink has definitely raised the profile, people are not only paying more attention but more people are getting involved,” said Pauline. “It’s become even more important now to have a reputation for good, fresh, local food and I make everything I can make as far as salads and sauces go. I don’t use pre-packed coleslaw or salads and source all I can locally.”

Pauline’s commitment to fresh, local ingredients has been a long-standing value and over a decade ago the then school catering manager implemented ‘Jamie Oliver style’ school dinners. Long before the celebrity chef made his high-profile documentary Pauline was improving the quality and nutritional value of school dinners locally, to the extent that her ground-breaking work was officially recognised. In 2006 she was awarded a Janus Award for Management Professionalism in Large Scale Catering, becoming the only woman to win the award and beating off such competition as Campbell Catering and Malmaison and Radisson hotels.

Dot's Kart using Trailblazer 600s Grillmaster BBQ

She is continuing to break the mould with this latest venture as a street food trader whose main business is private – and the word is spreading.

“Although I do the odd event where I sell directly to the public I found that market can be swamped so that influenced my decision to target the corporate and private markets,” she explains. “I do everything from pre and post wedding parties to hen and stag parties and the most recent interest has been from schools. Principals are seeking catering for staff development days, sports days and special events so that is continuing to grow and I’m currently doing between four and five barbecues a week.

“I recently filmed a piece with UTV Ireland with Bobby Kerr from RTÉ’s Dragons Den called Along Home Shores. That took place on the shores of Lough Neagh in Ballyronan for a piece which will be broadcast in September. I also took part in a shoot for Irish TV in May for the programme Tyrone Matters where I tied in with Lowe Brothers master butchers in Stewartstown.”

Such collaborations are crucial for continued business expansion, says Pauline, who plans to do further work with the buffalo farm. The Tyrone woman, who lives in Magherafelt, is also keen to see food tourism grow in the Mid Ulster area and with facilities continually improving sees this as a real possibility.

“There’s a real opportunity for food trails around the lough given the fishing traditions with eel, pollen and the like. With the Seamus Heaney centre opening and other Heaney related events more people will be coming into the area and we have more than enough to cater for them. Like everything else it’s a case of getting ourselves organised and getting the support to do that.”

Find out more about Dot’s Kart on www.dotskart.com and on Facebook at Dot’s Kart BBQ

This article published online and used here with permission courtesy of Tourism Northern Ireland. Pauline is using a Trailblazer 600s Grillmaster BBQ.