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What a great tip! I’d never have thought of doing it like that!

Love the aubergine!

What a great dressing!

Just some of the comments from the participants on the BBQ Course here on Saturday last.

Chef John

It was a food filled day with Chef John Whelan of The Devils Menu preparing and sharing some wonderful recipes.

There was Butterfly leg of Lamb – Mediterranean Style, Argentinean Beef Skewers, Cypriot Pork Kebabs – made using Oldfarm free range Saddleback Pork – and so much more!  There was chicken – whole and in pieces.   There were chargrilled courgettes and aubergines. There were numerous salads, the favourite being the couscous salad.

The day started at 10 o’clock with Chef John leading the group through the various styles of bbq’s that were going to be used.  He explained the purpose of marinades and rubs, demonstrated the best preparation methods for the different meats – both for flavour and of course, for safety.

Hands on...

Every so often, there would be an exclamation of “what a great way to do that – I’d never have done it that way”.   By the end of the day, we had lost count of the number of handy tips that we had picked up!

Silence descended when everyone sat down to lunch.  There was such an array of food no-one knew where to start.  But start they did and then there was endless discussion about the Spanish Paprika used on the Aubergines, the Japanese style glaze for the chicken and so much more.

Argentinean Beef & Cypriot Pork Kebabs

Chargrilled Aubergine

Then it was time to start preparing dinner!

Everyone thought they wouldn’t be able to eat dinner!  But after an afternoon of preparation, poaching and then barbecuing, all sat down to another sumptuous meal.  A tired but very happy group headed home with lots of tips and recipes to try out on their own bbq – and with full tummies from a day’s tasting!

Major thank you’s to SuperValu Portumna and Zip Firelighters for the sponsorship. Everyone was mightily impressed, and especially when they went home with a bag of charcoal to get practising on!


This was our first time to do anything like this. It went well.  It will definitely be continued.

What should we do next?

From reaction so far – another BBQ course seems likely.  But what else would you suggest?

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BBQ Class with Chef John Whelan of The Devil’s Menu.  The course we ran in July was a huge success, so we are running a second course on Saturday, 14th August.  There are still a couple of places available.

John has formerly worked with John Torode of Masterchef fame, and Garret Byrne of Chapter 1 (Dublin) and Campagne (Kilkenny) so he has lots of great hints and tips to share for safe barbecuing.

When: Saturday, 14th August

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Where:  here at Oldfarm, Redwood.  (We are just off the Birr – Portumna Road.  An hour from Limerick & Galway, 2 hours from Dublin and I’ve even managed to do Cork in 2 hours too!)  We will issue everyone with precise directions.

Cost: €125.00 which will include lots of good food to eat at lunch and dinner!

John will discussing the different types of bbq’s – lumpwood, charcoal and gas. There will be an opportunity to use  The Big Green Egg (that’s John using it in the photo).

Chef John at the Big Green Egg

The aim of the day, of course, will be the cooking!  This will be a ‘hands-on’ course, so there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved.  Numbers will also be limited, to ensure everyone can get totally involved.

There will be recipes for rubs, bastes and marinades.

Also making sure food is safe – there is a lot of talk about safe food on the bbq and undercooking food. John will pass on tips for poaching and pre-cooking to ensure safety.

Here are some things we have cooked on the Big Green Egg.

Barbecued Sea Trout

Pizza on the bbq

What salads and accompaniments go with what? John will advise and demonstrate using local (and if possible, some homegrown) produce.

Contingencies have already been put in place – so this course will go ahead no matter what the weather does!

If you’d like to book a place – leave a comment or email us at oldfarmredwood @ eircom.net

A course might make a good Father’s Day present too!

Have you had bbq cooking nightmares?  Let us know – and perhaps, John can solve them for you!  Just leave a comment.

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