Ardbeg Distillery cooks up BBQ and whisky cocktail series

THE pairing of smoky cocktails and BBQ dishes is to be explored in a new online series by whisky distillery Ardbeg and ‘catertainment’ personality DJ BBQ.

Hosted by Christian Stevenson under his alias DJ BBQ, The Smoke Sessions will explore the use of heat, smoke and wood to create smoked dishes and whisky-based cocktails using Ardbeg expressions An Oa, Wee Beastie and Ardbeg Ten. The series – which can be viewed on Ardbeg’s Youtube, Instagram and Facebook pages – will kick off tomorrow (July 24) at 8pm with a virtual BBQ streaming live from Ardbeg’s Instagram account.

Ardbeg Distillery’s head of maturing whisky stocks, Brendan McCarron, will also take part in tomorrow’s live event.

Christian Stevenson/DJ BBQ said: “My smoky barbeque recipes share so many characteristics with the flavours of Ardbeg whisky, and they complement each other perfectly. The laws of wood, heat and smoke are so important to barbecue and single malt alike, and once mastered, you’ll become a barbeque boss!

“The taste of braided beef fillet alongside an Ardbeg Ten Old Fashioned is just awesome, and a sip of hot Wee Beastie punch with a slow smoked pork shoulder is unrivalled!

“Remember, patience is key to maximise that wonderful flame-grilled flavour, it’s only done when it’s done. The Ardbeg Smoke Sessions series will show you that it’s easy to go beyond the realms of basic barbecue burgers with a little creativity and a ton of smoky goodness!”