Sunday, 4 January 2015

UK Burger Battle- Round one!

I recently wrote about my amazing afternoon at Rib Nights. Before I'd attended I'd spotted that the gentleman who organises that event had a new venture under his sleeve- the UK Burger Battle! A more casual affair than Rib Nights, the battle was held at Spotlight in Digbeth, the same venue as Digbeth Dining Club.


It had a similar vibe to DDC. Spotlight's bar was open, long benches were set out indoors for us to sit at and enjoy our burger, with a DJ playing and a magician making his way round. I do wish it had been a little quieter and lighter indoors so I could focus on the taste of the burger (pretentious, moi?) I was recovering from an ear infection at the time so my senses were a little all over the place, I'm sure everyone else had no trouble at all


 So we made our way in, gave our tickets in to the ladies at the gate (one of whom recognised me from the interwebs- hello Full to the Brum!) and were issued with wrist bands.

We had all evening to pick up our burgers- one from each team- and vote for our favourite. Unlike Rib Nights, we knew which burger was from each team.

First up! 'The Butty Back' from The Beefy Boys. Now, this is an award winning burger from an award winning team, so I had high expectations.


In case you can't read that, it featured pulled slow smoked beef brisket, BBQ sauce made from Butty Bach beer, swiss and American cheese, lettuce, onions and red cabbage slaw on a brioche bun. As well as the burger itself!



 
We queued up and watched the team in fascination. We were there quite early in the event but they already seemed confident in their system. The queue went down pretty quickly and we soon had our giant burgers in our hands!
 
I liked the texture of the brisket and how cheesy it was! The bun was great too, but I couldn't really taste the sauce or the slaw.

 

We sat in the bar to eat and drink our drinks which were included in the ticket price. I had a delicious alcoholic ginger beer.

Next- 'High Flyer' from The Flying Cows. I must admit I was rooting for this team as they weren't the obvious choice. Plus their burger sounded fabulous- I loved the maple bacon.

 
Swiss and cheddar cheeses, maple bacon, pickled red onion, lettuce, FLC sauce (don't know what that is!) gherkin and a brioche bun from local bakery Peel and Stone.




Now this is where I made an error. I moved onto the second burger way too quickly. I didn't think I was full but after a couple of bites it became evident that I was.

The beef was beautiful, the bacon was beautiful but the bread was not my friend. I wasn't getting the onion or the gherkin and I kept having to have little breaks. I felt super sad and I so want to try this burger when I'm actually hungry.

So in the end I voted for The Beefy Boys because that's the one I enjoyed the most. It was seriously good though!

We left early-ish because we both had work the next day but the party went on all night, with music, arcade games, a magic show, a burger eating challenge and the announcement of the winners!

The public vote went to.... The Beefy Boys!
The judges vote went to....The Flying Cows!

So they're both winners! I was pleased with this result.

The next event is 15th February and you can buy your tickets here. I'm pleased it's this date as it's the first weekend of half term and I can stay later! Apparently there are going to be a few changes in terms of when the entertainment starts and more seats so I'm looking forward to seeing what it's going to be like and pacing myself a little better....

1 comment:

Kezzie said...

Phwoar!!!! I would consider booking for this (half term yay) if it weren't for the fact my husband has decided he is now a veggie!