One of the best things about living in Cornwall has to be the barbecues! We love getting together outside and eating fresh food cooked to perfection.
To make the most of the summer season we’ve put together a list of amazing local producers, venturing beyond the standard sausage and burger combo to bring you the ultimate Cornish BBQ shopping list…
The Main Event
We’re by the sea, so of course let’s start with the seafood. Cornish Mackerel are beautiful char-grilled on the barbecue, and The Cornish Fishmonger do a dedicated box of fresh fish which you can get delivered to your door.
Your local fishmonger can also help you with recommendations for what’s in season and best cooked on the coals – head into town and have a chat with them personally.
Feeling adventurous? Try a Cornish Duck Burger from the winners of the ‘Best Food Producer’ category at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2019. Expect high quality meat, farmed ethically on Roger and Tanya’s farm in the heart of Cornwall. The Cornish Duck Company’s products are available online as well as at Truro Farmers’ Market.
If you can’t picture a BBQ without sausages, then you’d better make sure they’re the best! Primrose Herd is a family farm with its own on-site butchery near Redruth. They rear Gloucester Old Spots, Large Blacks, Tamworths, Welsh and British Lops. Their pork products, including award-winning sausages, can be found at regular farmers’ markets across Cornwall and online.
For locally produced cheeses, look no further than Lynher Dairies. They make all of their cheeses by hand in open vats, with milk from nearby Cornish farms. Yarg, Kern and Stithians are all products made at the small rural dairy near Truro.
Did someone say Smokey Cornish Ketchup? The Cornish Ketchup Company use quality ingredients to create their 8 flavours of ketchup, 4 award-winning types of mayonnaise and a spectacular Tomato Chilli Jam.
Baker Tom’s do the most amazing bread products, whether you’re after a bread roll, crusty baguette or a ciabatta to top and tail your burger. Vicky’s Bread from Helston is also a delicious local option and can be found at small stockists across Cornwall.
For your salads, skewers and side dishes, we recommend signing up to a local veg box delivery service. There are many available which offer in-season produce from right here in Cornwall, so have a browse of Cornish Harvest, Trevilley Farm or Real Food Box to get started.
BBQing can be thirsty work, so we suggest liquid refreshment delivered by the thirst response team at Skinner’s Brewery. These Cornish beers are created in Truro by the beach-loving band of family brewers; Lushington’s is a particular favourite of ours and just perfect for those long Cornish summer nights.
If you’re in the mood for something stronger, Tarquin’s Gin is made on the north coast in traditional small batches – you can even have a tour of the distillery!
Finally, for a non-alcoholic drink which delivers true refreshment, try Pentire’s Botanical Spirit, Adrift, which is made from plants native to the Cornish coastline.
And before you go… have you got your outdoor cooking set-up sorted yet? If not, take a look at our Outdoor Cooking blog for some inspiring ideas to up your game in your new garden.
Enjoy the summer season at your place in Cornwall!