Big Grill Festival

After a sell out first year, The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival returns August 13th-16th 2015. We’ve added a lot more to our program this year including some of the world’s best BBQ stars & pitmasters, a full schedule of talks & demos, Ireland’s first USA style low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition, Weber grill academy, live music, a small batch liquor & cocktail bar as well as an increased selection of wines, beers & ciders. We’ve also added an extra day and will be offering daily whole animal cooks, sample size portions, games area, larger kids area and much more.

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Levi Roots

Levi Roots is a British-Jamaican reggae musician, celebrity chef and the creator of the infamous Reggae Reggae sauce which broke the headlines when he won investment on Dragons Den. On the Sunday. Levi will be showing us how to make traditional Jamaican Jerk Chicken, as well as taking part in a Banter talk with Jim Carroll.

Andre Lima de Luca

Brazil’s first certified Pitmaster, Andre is owner & head chef at BOS BBQ in Sao Paulo, the country’s only Texas-style BBQ house. Andre meshes his Italian-Brazilian roots with traditional smoking methods, creating unique dishes that have garnered him worldwide media attention an led him to become Brazil’s most famous BBQ star.


Tyson Ho

One of the rising stars of BBQ, Tyson Ho is the owner & Pitmaster of Brooklyn’s Arrogant Swine, a beer hall specializing in Carolina whole hog BBQ which has New Yorkers all abuzz. Tyson will be bringing traditional North Carolina whole hog BBQ to Herbert Park for the full weekend.

John Relihan

John is head Chef and Pitmaster at Jamie Oliver’s flagship restaurant Barbecoa. Having trained under world-famous Pitmaster Adam Perry Lang, the Kerry native has become one of the most creative and dedicated Pitmasters in Europe. He returns to the Big Grill for his second year to cook over the four days with his own twist on an Irish style of BBQ focusing on our abundance of wild game, seafood, and some surprises.


Grillstock was born out a deep love for American BBQ and culture; cooking meat with fire and smoke, chowing down together with family and friends and kicking back to great music. With three smokehouses on the go serving up low ‘n’ slow cooked meat, Grillstock also host the annual rowdy weekend festival of meat, music & mayhem attended by thousands in the UK. Pitmaster and head of operations Pete Griffiths will be cooking some Grillstock favourites at The Big Grill.


The Weber Grill Academy

Weber chefs will be cooking up a storm and entertaining the crowds in the BBQ Academy with demonstrations showing a wide range top tips and recipes to help you step your home BBQ game. Expect all sorts of techniques for smoking, grilling, roasting & baking. They’ll be dishing out free samples and on hand to answer any questions all weekend.

O'Briens Wines

O'Briens wines will be sourcing and providing an eclectic range of reds, whites and prosecco to compliment the food on offer this year. Buy a sample board to 'try before ya buy' priced at only 1 Smokin'!

Jim Carroll, Banter/The Irish Times

The hugely popular Banter talk series produced by Jim Carroll & Bodytonic comes to The Big Grill. Jim will be grilling the critics and chatting to some of the bright stars in BBQ business including Levi Roots. The full program of talks will be released soon.

Colin Harmon, 3fe/Munch & Gargle

One of the driving forces behind the coffee revolution in Ireland, 3fe owner Colin gave up a lucrative job in banking to dedicate his life to coffee. Colin has grown his coffee empire from simple beginnings in the lobby of the Twisted Pepper to his popular store on Grand Canal St, a roastery & training school. On the Saturday Colin will host his ‘Munch & Gargle’ live podcast series about food & drink in Ireland, as well as demos on traditional coffee brewing methods using live fire.

DJ Yoda

DJ Yoda’s rise to fame has come from his seminal How To Cut & Paste series, which showcases a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”. Yoda uses his world renowned turntable skills and a truckload of influences as diverse as funk, pop, reggae and even big band swing and country & western to make unashamed party music.


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Adare Farm




The Pigs Tale

Smokin' Bones

Brews We Plate

Eight Degrees

Blacks of Kinsale

Cragies Cider

Dan Kelly's Cider

Dingle Distillery



Porterhouse Brewing Co,


Station Works

Trouble Brewing



Franciscan Well



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The inaugural Big Grill Pitmasters Competition will take place on Saturday August 15th & Sunday August 16th, of the festival and is open to anyone to take part. It will be Ireland’s first USA style Low ‘n’ Slow competition. As well as a healthy cash prize and bragging rights, the top Irish team will be invited to take part in the prestigious Jack Daniels Invitational in Tennesee.
On the Saturday the side category rounds will be judged including 'anything but' and on Sunday the grand champion will be crowned with the chicken, ribs, pork and brisket hand in.
We will be providing a wash station, power and a covered 3m x 3m area for each team. Entry for the Big Grill Pitmasters event is €100 per team. Our event is sanctioned by The International BBQ Network and full rules can be found here.

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