Where there’s smoke there’s flavour!
Natural Born Griller – We Grill Ibiza!
Alright then folks –between all the fancy restaurants, design fashionistas
and luxury stuff, we are here to hold up the flag for some real
down-to-earth food in the tradition of the true Mediterranean. Welcome to
the new Essentialibiza BBQ Blog –powered by Flying Pig Ibiza – perfect
villa, yacht & venue grill catering. We are the Islands Specialists
for ‘Giant Meat’ specialties in XXXL .
Here’s where the fun starts.
Our mission is to show you a simple and easy way to celebrate like the
locals do. That’s much more than combining the most important three food
groups of mankind for the last couple of thousand years – meat group,
potato group and beer group. We will guide you through the wonderful world
of taste, flavour and fire. Be brave and hang on…
It’s summertime in Ibiza and there is nothing like being with friends with
a great tasty BBQ, fresh crisp salads some simple homemade dips and lots
of ice cold beer or even wine to enjoy. Loud laughter, music and stories
to tell from the past and the present. You might realize that really not
much has changed in all those centuries since we all wore fur and lived in
caves! Hanging around the fireplace and doing all this funny stuff sits
deep in our genes and you can be proud to be surrounded by a large group
of people you can call your real friends who share the food, stories and
time with you. To me as the Hogman Ibiza – this is what makes a great
But how does it work?
Lets set up a long table – fill it with all the locally produced food for
appetizer such as olives, cheese, fresh pan payes (yes the strange hard
unsalted bread you never buy in the store ) aioli, dried ham, tomatoes and
peppers, wine and whatever you find in your own or somebody else’s garden.
You also can go to the local markets and ask for all this – you will get
an idea of what’s authentic for this region, make contacts, shake hands –
invite them to your fiesta maybe? Ibicencos are mostly relaxed people –
they know that time is on their side. They have actually seen so many
people come and go, from the Phoenicians, Greeks, bBrbarians, Romans and
now us, the northern Europeans… but they also love a great BBQ – tell
them and they will come for sure!
The Mediterranean people mostly don’t go for dinner, they actually really
celebrate their fiestas, they invite family and friends, they take their
time to enjoy, to chat and to sing on a night like that. Being here on
this tiny island you can experience this special lifestyle by doing
exactly that. After lots of starters, good wine or cold beer, it’s time to
start the real food – it’s always something to share for everyone –
something delicious, something BIG. Hog Roast or what the Ibicencos call
‘cochinillo’ has a long tradition on this island. You will be overwhelmed
by the aroma of fresh herbs and spices even more than just salt and pepper
– smell sage, rosemary, lemon, wild garlic, dried tomatoes – these are the
aromas of Ibiza. Somebody (mostly one of the older , more responsible) has
to be the grill sergeant and carve the meat and bring it on big platters,
combined with local salads, veggies and of course the great red Ibizan
roasted potatoes – that night you will taste the island and you will
probably realise that you are actually here! Just for that night, forget
your great looking Swiss watch, your fine Italian shoes and yes your
Japanese chopsticks – they definitely have a place in this world but at
this moment, surrounded by your friends and family, tasting and smelling
authentic Ibiza, it is far from here.
Before we go to discover the secrets of a perfect BBQ lets see what the
Flying Pig Ibiza Crew did last weekend at the opening of one of the finest
Island Beach Clubs – Amante. We had been asked to feed hundreds of hungry
party people at their season start 2013. And yes we all had a ball! As you
can see there was a 45 kg Hog Roast – and by the end of the night
everything was gone! Like always – nothing left! Our brave grill sergeant
Matt carved all night long and hundreds over hundreds of fluffy warm peeta
breads were stuffed with delicious, juicy, tender grilled Hog Roast
including the wonderful cracklings of course. A self service condiment
buffet offered a huge variety of different toppings from hot n’ spicy
Mexican chipotle over dried crisp sweet onions to roasted garlic dip.
Classic Ceasars salad and fresh crisp ruccola with fresh grated parmesan
cheese – simple, fresh and tasty.
Does this look yummy? If your answer is yes – then stay tuned for the next
issue of Natural Born Grillers – We Grill Ibiza!
Don’t wanna wait till the next blog?
Wanna throw a party like that yourself shortly?
Well then, check out our online store where you can find everything you
need, it’s as simple as CLICK-CLICK-PARTY!
Also very important to get the music right for your BBQ, check out the
Hogman’s playlist and have fun listening!