‘I don’t think I’m happier than when I’m watching over a long slow cook’

Andy Noonan, organiser of the Big Grill Festival, talks about his love of barbecuing

4th April, 2021
‘I don’t think I’m happier than when I’m watching over a long slow cook’
Andy Noonan of Baste BBQ: ‘People have been grilling meat over hot coals for as long as there have been people’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Andy Noonan knew that his relationship with barbecuing was going to be a life-long one when he grilled his first whole cow. It happened at the first annual Big Grill Festival in Dublin’s Herbert Park in 2014, when he and his friends hit on the idea of roasting an entire animal.

It was a great plan in theory, but it turns out that cooking something that size is a pretty labour-intensive exercise.

“It takes...

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