Mid-Summer BBQ Box
Fresh air, full tummies, the mid-summer BBQ Box includes:
- Dry aged beef short rib
- 4 x 8oz steak burgers
- Pack of 6 pork sausages
- 2 x dry aged steaks
- Minute steaks – 500grams
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Our zany friends at National BBQ Week have strung out the festivities for 2 whole weeks. This is just like my friend Bev who has a “birthday month”. But, who are we to criticise because we love BBQ’ing so much we’ll do it all year round.
We are so very fortunate here on the Isle of Man to be able to have friends around, and enjoy entertaining at home – be it in the kitchen, dining room, balcony, or garden. So, take advantage of our current situation and get your friends and family around for a mid-summer BBQ with the new Ballakelly Farm Mid-Summer BBQ pack.
Enjoy this 100% Manx goodness – no imports, no fillers: all Manx meat!
About our PigsThe Ballakelly pig is born and bred on the Isle of Man. Blending aspects of the Yorkshire Large White and Landrace breeds with the less common Duroc, it is a unique and distinctive animal, raised to respond to the specific features of its environment.
This is important because, as with all of our animals, we want the Ballakelly pig to thrive in nature. Unlike in intensive pig farming, where animals are bred to be smooth, pink and suited to the indoors, the Ballakelly pig is fit for living intuitively, inside and out. The Duroc characteristics of a larger frame, a seasonal coat and an auburn hide that doesn’t burn in the sun make ours a robust, hardy pig that chooses to spend time outdoors even in harsher Manx weather.
Unlike on industrial farms, our sows have piglets in smaller, less uniform numbers. This makes for relaxed mums and healthy babies, living stress-free lives from their first day.
Our pigs eat barley that we grow ourselves. It is an advantage to grow our own crops for feed, and to utilise the animals and how they bring nutrients to the land as part of our growing cycle. This is old school, but very sustainable. As such, the local land and climate can determine the character of our meat; Ballakelly pigs are as Manx as the hills, and our produce has low food miles in every possible sense.
Nutritious natural diets, peaceful lifestyles make for pork that genuinely is bursting with flavour and taste. People tell us that Ballakelly pork tastes ‘like how pork used to taste’ – that is, less uniform, with juices and fats that melt and crackle as they should, and a greater depth and variety of flavour, within and across cuts. As part of our minimum waste ethos, even our sow mother pigs become remarkable meat. Loin bacon from sows tastes richer than classic bacon, with a distinct fat make-up and wider structure – which our customers at the markets actively seek out for this reason.
About Our CowsThe Ballakelly cow is a blend of Charolais, Limousin and Aberdeen Angus which help maintain medium-sized cows of manageable weights for the mothers. The Angus also introduces a natural sturdiness and a coat and hide suited for the Manx climate. Recently we have been selling Manx Wagyu which is a cross of local dairy cows with Wagyu insemination.
Our cattle run in groups of around 30 – meaning optimal ‘mob’ grazing potential during spring and summer, and are indoors during winter feeding on home-grown silage and cereals blended with peas for additional protein.
Growing the grains and peas we feed our animals means we don’t have to import food, which significantly offsets the methane emissions of the Ballakelly herd.
Our animals develop proper structure, size and fat content that results in beautiful marbling, tenderness and fulsome flavour.
We dry age some of our beef which significantly enhances texture and taste, for genuinely outstanding depth and melting softness. It takes time: four weeks, generally – but we think it’s worth it.