I’m a huge fan of Charlie's cooks. If you follow him you will see every post is restaurant quality presentation. The burgers and wings in particular always impress me. Charlie has passed on a recipe for me to add to this blog. The recipe is his awesome looking Keralan spatchcock chicken, I haven’t had time to try the cook myself yet but its top of the list for when I'm back from holiday. Let me know how you get on. I think there are some big things to come from Charlie, he’s a top bloke and a greta cook, so give him a follow!

What is your favourite cook or meal?

I love a really thick steak, cherry wood smoked first then finished dirty on the coals. Topped with Chimichurri - Just ticks every box for me

What is your “go to” quick cook?

Hotdogs – Easy to source and simple to make, but you can still be creative with toppings and presentation.

What is your favourite rub?

Angus and Oink Hot and Hostile, only one I’ve tried so far that has a real kick!

What grills or bbq’s do you cook on?

I use a few – PKGrills GO for smaller cooks, Traeger for long ones (when I can afford to fill it!) and the Kamado Joe firepit for fun. My Go to is the Kamado Joe Classic 3, use it all the time, as its so flexible.

Where is your preferred place to get your meat?

Fosters Butchers locally in Lincoln, old school but really friendly and knowledgeable. Failing that I find Morrisons are handy, especially for ribs and Wings

How long have you been cooking and what got you into it?

I’ve been cooking as a hobby more and more since the mid-2000s. BBQ as become more of a thing since 2016. My father used to love my ribs, which I used to take with me pre-cooked to family BBQs (then finish them on the coals). They weren’t great ribs compared to what I do now, but my dad loved them. It was great to get the feedback from the rest of the family which gave me confidence. He passed away in 2016 so he never got to try the ribs I do now, which is a shame, but I often think of him when I cook them.

What is your biggest cooking failure?

My first meal with the current in-laws back in 1999, I didn’t have a clue or any money. Tinned new potatoes cooked in the tin water (not enough as they were rock hard), lumpy Bisto, frozen mixed veg. It was foul, they must have thought who is this idiot our daughter has fallen for!

What would be in your dream outdoor cooking space?

A large patio covered cooking area with my BBQs and a fitted outdoor kitchen with fridges and sinks etc. Some people will say on the side of a mountain in Switzerland, not me, I’m happy to have people round, beer flowing and not having to constantly run in and out of the kitchen in the heat of battle!

What is the best restaurant you’ve been to and what did you eat?

Randomly, an Indian restaurant in Perth, Scotland called Tabla. The South Indian Dosa starter…oh man

What is the Strangest thing or meal you’ve eaten?

Smoked Pringles – yuk!

What do you do for your day job?

I’m a General Manager at an Agri-tech firm in Lincoln. I did IT for many years so its been a recent career shift for me and very exciting.

Favourite saying or mantra you live by?

Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

What do you do when you’re not cooking or working?

I like movies (Horror, Sci-Fi), I like to forage a bit too – often to make homebrew (Sloe Gin, Blackberry Whisky etc).

What is your Proudest moment?

Just being where I am, I don’t have degrees or anything that I can say was one specific moment. Considering I’ve had nothing handed to me, I’ve proud of where I am now. I’ve had to earn it by working hard to better myself one step at a time.

What is your favourite film and band/music?

Aliens is my go to movie, I could watch it anytime. Music is stuck in the past a bit - Stone Roses, Charlatans, Happy Mondays, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers too.

What would be your super power?

Cure Cancer, lost a few family members to it, including my Dad #FuckCancer

What wold be the first thing you’d buy if you won the lottery?

A house with a bigger back garden to accommodate that cooking area I described!

Where do you get your cooking inspiration from?

Other great cooks I see on Insta, my friends, TV cooks – Used to watch GoodFood channel nearly 24/7. Plus random stuff that pops in my head - I’ll see something and instantly start thinking how I could give it a big twist. Or, if its a kitchen cook how I could adapt it to cooking on a BBQ.

All Of your cooks look so good on Instagram, how long does it take you to set them up?

Thanks mate, not as long as I’d like. I see others looking even better than mine like TheGraniteSmoke, problem is most of the time I’m doing my cooks either for family tea or at the same time as them. So I’m rushing about trying to feed the little ones who’ll be going mental for food. Maybe that’s the trick, not having too much time to overthink it?

What is your favourite wings recipe?

My Jerk wings that I posted on Jon’s book page (I’ve attached the doc too). I also like use the same method but swap out the hot sauce for one of those YoSushi stir fry packs, they make great glazes when mixed with butter and honey.

Thanks for readin, i hope you enjoyed this weeks edition. Click here for the Keralan spatchcock chicken recipe, enjoy!