Tuesday 15 March 2016

Getting Down & Dirty | Smoke BBQ Leeds Event With Michelle


Welcome to another blog post! I thought today I would talk to you guys about an event that I went to last week with Michelle and Luke. Yes, I bring Michelle along to most things when they allow me to bring a plus one because why not? She creates amazing photography, I get to share them on my blog and she gets to experience an ever amazing event with me so its a win win situation really. Anyways back to the blog post...

So, I was invited by the wonderful guys over at Smoke BBQ Leeds and their PR team for a night that would be unmissable where everyone would be getting dirty as the hashtag for the night was #GetDirty... Initially I thought that it was a spam email due to the subject being 'Jamie, would you like to #GetDirty which sounds a bit weird in my opinion but I am glad that I clicked on it and didn't instantly put into my trash folder.

So flash forward to the day of the event, myself and Luke met up with Michelle as she needed to get some photos developed, we then got onto the train,,, We realised the time and decided to tweet and email Smoke BBQ Leeds to ensure them that they knew that we would be a tiny bit late... We got into Leeds and rushed up to the Merrion Centre where Smoke Leeds is situated. We searched all over the centre and then ended up going into Costa to ask where abouts it was... It was next door, Yeah, you can imagine how stupid I felt once I realised that it was next door,

We walked into the lovely restaurant and looked about at its indulgent interior. A superb staff member came up to us and asked if we were there for the bloggers event. We said yes and then she escorted us to a booth where we plonked ourselves down. The same staff member came back and talked to us about the beers that we were going to be drinking. (Don't judge me but you know what I'm like with names... I remember there being one named something to do with Smoke which is quite fitting.) Luke had a Dandelion and Burdock and he said that it was nice and refreshing...

Michelle took many photos and then the food came round. I think that it is the Smoke Sharers Plate. This contains a lot of meat and when it came to the table I was shocked and pleased at the same time as there was so much meat! The chef came over and nearly brought another one over as there was three of us... Thank goodness that didn't happen in the end!

This consisted of Pulled Pork which was incredible! Smoky but sweet and I would eat a lot of it! Ribs. I love Ribs! I was a bit confused as these were ones that weren't covered in BBQ sauce but there was a bottle of Smoke BBQ Sauce on the table for pouring over and other things. The Ribs were massive, meaty and succulent! I loved them! Barbecue Turkey Legs. I rarely have Turkey unless it's Christmas so it was a nice different thing to have! They were crispy on the top which is why they were called barbecue but quite succulent. At first I was a bit confused at what they were but they were pretty good! Chicken Thighs. Okay so Smoke BBQ Leeds converted me to Chicken Thighs. Yes, they were that good! They were slightly crispy but succulent which was amazing as sometimes Chicken can end up being dry but this literally started falling off the bone as soon as you bit into it. Hot Link Sausages. I was a bit confused about this as I think they were boiled and I'm normally used to the general sausages that aren't boiled as such but they were pretty amazing. I was quite stuffed at this point so I only had a bit of the sausage but I think they would work really well in something like a Pasta Bake or such. Nigella did a Sausage and Halloumi Bake which I think these would work really well in. We also had Cornbread which was different. It was sweet but also had a bit of a kick to. I think that it was meant to go with the Pulled Pork but instead I just ate it on its own which I probably was meant to do but it was really nice! We also had coleslaw which was pretty good. I'm not a big fan of coleslaw but it was pretty good., It was creamy and decadent but had a bit of a bite to it which is what you look for within coleslaw.

We all chatted for a bit and then Luke asked Michelle to have a look at the desserts because why not?! At that very moment, a waiter came over and told us the trio of desserts. Myself and Michelle stopped him at Peanut Butter Cheesecake and went 'What?! Peanut Butter Cheesecake?!' He chuckled and went I'll get you one each so you can enjoy the Peanut Butter Cheesecake as Luke doesn't eat Peanut Butter and rarely eats Cheesecake... I'm not sure why either as them two things are heavenly! The desserts came over and they all were delicious. We had the PB Cheesecake which was sweet but bitter at the same time. It had the sweet base and top but in the middle was a salty but quite glorious bit of peanut butter which just contrasted amazingly and just made everything sing. I would eat it more than once if it was possible! There was also Smores. So I have to put my hands up and say that I have never had Smores before. I know what they are but I just never had them! The ones at Smoke BBQ Leeds were amazing. Nice doughy but delicious cookie with a slightly fluffy but slightly crispy from being blowtorched/grilled with dark yet decadent chocolate sauce. Just absolutely perfect and I now know why everyone loves it! The last dessert that we had was Chocolate Brownie. Now, I have had a fair few chocolate brownies within my time but this one was pretty perfect! It was rich and decadent but the size meant that you could eat it without being too overwhelmed. It was nice and I enjoyed it. It was pretty nice with the Pistachio Ice Cream that was on the side of it. The Pistachio Ice Cream was nice and cooling after all of the meat that we had. It had a bit of a nubbly texture which was good as it meant that there was a bit of texture to the smooth ice cream. It was a great dish to end an amazing night on!

Please don't forget to check out Michelle's photography as her photography is amazing as you can tell via this blog post but she is also a Peanut Butter Cheesecake as she's a little bit nutty and sweet at the same time! Michelle. Michelle. Michelle 

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and I hope that you have enjoyed reading about all of the delicious food that is on offer at Smoke BBQ Leeds. Have you been? Have you tried any of their food? Let me know down below in the comments section below! I can't thank the guys at Smoke BBQ Leeds and Approach PR for inviting me to the event and for providing so much delicious food and drink! I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and I hope to see you next time for another blog post!

Check out the #GetDirty hashtag on Twitter to see more pictures and Tweets of what happened on the night!

Jamie x

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