Get set for BBQ weather – take your place as pit master for the day at this Manchester cookery school

It might have been raining non-stop for a week, but since when did us Brits ever let that get in the way of enjoying a BBQ?

Thanks to the growing prevalence of Josper grills in Manchester restaurants such as Hawksmoor, The Oyster Catcher, Don Giovanni and The Patron, in the past few years we’ve come to appreciate the finesse a good spot of charcoal grilling can bring to meat, fish and veg.

Of course, you don’t need a Josper in your kitchen to achieve this effect. You can do the same with your garden BBQ – provided you have the know-how. And Didsbury cookery school Food Sorcery have just the class to teach you.


Their updated and accessible BBQ course promises to give you the skills to cook on an open flame with confidence, teaching you all the tips and tricks behind fire lighting, maintenance and control with a charcoal flame.

All about making the most of the BBQ experience, this class puts a focus on developing core skills such as fire control, meat and veg prep and cooking – as well as touching on the finer details of spicing and marinating.

Food Sorcery’s course leader has an extensive repertoire of dishes with different types and styles of food you can cook on a BBQ, bringing flavours and influences from around the world.

As well as learning how to identify and source good quality meat, on the day you will be shown how to prepare, season and butcher the meat or fish you will be cooking. You will prepare your own food ready to BBQ.

To start, you’ll focus on preparing a piece of meat or fish for optimal results (vegetarian options available on request) over the open charcoal flame, before moving on to learn the secrets of delicious and intensely flavoured kebabs – all served with flatbreads and your own homemade side dishes.

But what about the other side of the BBQ? Often overlooked, the art of the BBQ salad is not to be sniffed at. As well as helping you to master your meat skills, the course leader will show you how to prepare a range of salads from around the globe.

A complimentary drink is included in the ticket price, and you’ll leave armed with recipe sheets, a record of what you made and the spices you used, and plenty of advice on where to source spices, meat and charcoal.

Tickets cost £90 and include a drink, all the food you will prepare, spices and charcoal.



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