Nestled somewhere in between the glistening vast lakes and sweeping views of the countryside lies a little taste of the deep south. Pappy’s Texas BBQ at Orrest Head Bar is just one of their tasty pop up locations where you can get a slice of the smokehouse goodness. Set in the newly opened Orrest Head Bar, painted in moody dark colours, with natural furnishings and trendy filament lights to create a cosy and warm atmosphere that suits its rustic surroundings. All complimented with acoustic live music to provide sift subtle sounds whilst dining.
Pappy’s shares many traditions that other Lake District establishments encompass such as being a family run business, the use of local produce, and traditional comfort foods. The pop up holds a heart warming story and celebrates the life of the late Pappy and his famous Texan BBQ sauce. Pappy kept the recipe a closely guarded secret, using it for all his catering events and BBQ competitions. After Pappy passed, Robin and her brother found the recipe among his belongings. Now, they keep the recipe close to their chests but are following in Pappy’s footsteps by sharing its tastiness with the people around them.
Unlike commercial BBQ sauces, Pappy’s recipe which is used throughout the menu is based on traditional Texan barbecue style sauce that have a lighter consistency to perfectly compliment the meat, not overpower it. It creates a fresh, tangy-sweet sauce that offers a little kick at the end, which is something I particularly enjoyed about the meats. Last time I opted for my all time favourite dish, the ribs – and I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived and weren’t covered in a gloopy, sickly sweet sauce but were lightly seasoned with a delicious BBQ rub and gave my tongue a real taste of Texas.
This time round I opted for some of the smokehouse meats, a mighty meat feast for one. Honestly the portion size was beyond what could fit in my belly and by the end I sat there with a real beef baby hanging out. One one tray I had the burnt ends, some cubed moist end brisket – they really were a slice of pure Texas style. I could taste the true smoke of the BBQ blanketed over the soft cubes of meat. These tender pieces just fell apart in my mouth with an extra added kick from the sauce at the end.
If you like a good bit of heat then the hotlinks are for you. Flamin’ pieces of sausages served with a silky yet spicy Texan sauce. The hotlinks were a personal recommendation as they are a speciality to Pappy’s. They use typical Texas tradition by using fresh spices and lager and smoking the sausages, while also adding a bit of a local flare. Using Cumbrian beef, Hawkshead Brewery’s Windermere Pale Ale, and other local fresh ingredients to give these spicy gourmet sausages their distinct flavourful, spicy, and smoky taste.
If you live in the lakes or are ever visiting and fancy a trip to the Southern U.S.A then take up a table at Pappy’s pop up over at Orrest Head Bar . Not just a BBQ joint this is a pop up run by a lovely family that take the time to sit and converse with customers, they incorporate local businesses by using produce crafted within the community, with craft beers and authentic Texas foods and to top it off an evening of live music.