A few months ago, I started chatting over twitter with a food blogger by the name of Miss Piggy Eats. Not only is she also a blogger, she is also a local; so we bonded over food and being Westies. By chance we met in real life at the Parramatta Open Party for the first night of Sydney Festival Parramatta - waiting for a food truck. On the same night, I also met Tim and Lindsey. Tim is a landscaper by day and on occasion, a southern BBQ connoisseur going by the name Smokey O's. I missed out on Tim's Pork in the Park and Beef in the Park events, but when I saw on twitter that he was doing a pop up event at The Baron Castle Hill - it was a done deal.
I hadn't been to The Baron before - it's on my list to do for brunch. They aren't normally open for dinner, but occasionally do special events. I arrived at Castle Towers (huge Hills area shopping centre) and headed to The Baron on a very cold May night. Cindy - another Westie food blogger friend of Miss Piggy's - was already there, doing what all good food bloggers do, taking pics (which given how dark the room was aren't that great - mine I mean). Not long after our party was all there, seated and the first course was presented to us.
There are no words for how good this popcorn is. And how much we wanted large bags of the stuff. The bacon bits at the bottom of the bag was a great surprise.
This course, as with the others, was matched with beers from a local micro brewery, Riverside Brewing Company, located in North Parramatta.
This course was served with their Fifty Five Pale Ale. I am a pale ale fan and this was a nice drop.
After the popcorn, the first meat course was served. It was a serving of beef ribs (the portion above was for two) that MELTED off the bone. I love pickles, so it was great to have a nice sour crunch to go with the beef.
The next course was slow cooked pulled pork served on perfectly sweet brioche rolls from Sonoma Bakery, which is the bread served at The Baron. To accompany the pork was a apple slaw, BBQ beans and broccoli and bacon.
The pork was cooked really well, and was delicious on the buns with the slaw and some of Smokey O's BBQ sauce. The beans and broccoli were a nice companion to the meat fest...
The pork was served with the Forty Four American Ale. I didn't drink a lot of this - driver - it was nice. But I preferred the Fifty Five.
Last course - in the dessert stomach - was an apple pie with cream. The inside of the pie was deliciously spiced and sweet and applely...
It was served with an Eight Eight Robust Porter - which tasted like it had chocolate in it. A big of a strong ale for me, but not too bad a drop on the whole.
|The Smokey O's Smoker|
The Baron is located at Shop 461, 4-16 Castle Street, Castle Hill (on the outside of Castle Towers).
For more information on Smokey O's BBQ, see Tim's Facebook Page
Riverside Brewing Company have cellar door sales at Unit 3, 2 North Rocks Road, North Parramatta; Friday 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.