I’d say the following picture pretty sums up the state of BBQ in Ireland, or at least the parts that we were in the past two days.
Not only were they not allowed in the national park, there weren’t any to be seen, and no restaurants featuring BBQ were to be found in the Dublin phone listings or restaurant guides. We did see a single sighting of something referred to as “BBQ Babyback Ribs” on the menu in a pub we visited, but I wasn’t brave enough to order them. We did see another patron with a plate of them; they looked to be a bit on the small size and more than a bit charred. According to the menu they were “cooked on the grill then covered with BBQ sauce. I firmly believe that sticking with the more traditional pub fare (Irish stew, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie) was ultimately the right thing to do.
I’d also like to report that there were no signs of BBQ in Holyhead (Wales) either, although most of our time spent there was in the ferry terminal late at night. We did see a sign in a window that said BBQ, but it turned out to be a butcher shop. We did have some nice pork tenderloin in a spicy cream sauce that gave me some ideas for when I get home though…
Next stop is Edinburgh, Scotland. Anyone know a good way to BBQ some haggis?
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