Monday, 23 September 2013

Smoke Dawgs by Hang Fire Smokehouse, The Canadian Pub, Cardiff

If it’s not enough that the Hang Fire Smokehouse team have already brought incredible American BBQ to the people of Cardiff, they’ve only gone and brought us kick ass hot dogs too.

Having assembled an Avengers like team of suppliers - Charcutier Ltd, One Mile Bakery, Inner City Pickle & Jones O Gymru – Hang Fire have delivered another of the UK’s hottest food trends right to my doorstep.

Taking place on a separate evening at The Canadian pub to Hang Fire’s BBQ, the inaugural Smoke Dawgs night took place last Wednesday. And, due to it its rip-roaring success, the next event is scheduled for Wednesday 16th October.

Hang Fire's Smoke Dawgs menu is made up exclusively of their interpretations of a number of classic American hot dogs.

All the dogs consist of a sweet, complex flavoured & slightly too dense One Mile Bakery sourdough brioche bun, a well smoked and snappily cased Charcutier Ltd pork & beef frankfurter and a fistful of Jones O Gymru ready salted crisps.

The wieners are then finished off with a colossal quantity of different toppings. There are 6 different ones to contend with including the Hang Fire Smoke Dawg which is topped with 18-hour hickory smoked pulled pork.

I ordered 2 dogs, which is ample for most normal humans. However, I could have tucked away a third if I was feeling greedy…

First up was the Native New Yorker (£6.50) topped with super-golden Sabrett-style caramelised onions and a mound of delicately vinegary and subtly fruity papaya juice sautéed sauerkraut.

Second was the unbelievably good Detroit Coney with cheese (£7) topped with finely ground, immensely meaty and mildly spiced beef chilli, a scattering of diced white onions, a generous squirt of American mustard and a mound of mild Welsh cheddar.

By the time I’d demolished both hot dogs my face was plastered in meat, mustard and onion. However, if the tastiness of a hot dog is correlated with how messy it is then Hang Fire is most certainly onto a winner.

Disclosure - One of the hot dogs was a freebie

The details:
Address - Hang Fire Smokehouse, The Canadian, Pearl Street, Splott, CF24 1PN
Telephone - 029 2045 3141

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