Sardinian BBQ in December

This past weekend we were invited back to the 12lb Snapper House for a traditional Sardinian BBQ. Being Canadian and one who was brought up on the best BBQ’s the world has to offer, I was excited to try a traditional Sardinian BBQ.

Ajo. Andemu in Cuzina per cena. Maureddu ha lu carne, e voule fare un BBQ. My husband said to me in his barbaric dialect.

Come on! We are going to the kitchen for dinner. Maureddu has meat, and he wants to have a BBQ.

I was a little thrown off as the 12 lb Snapper house is a bachelor pad with a nice fireplace, a sofa and a big screen on the wall but no BBQ. I figured ok, what the heck and left it to the two Sardinian guys and opened a bottle of Cannonau.

Sardinian BBQ

We are having a BBQ in the family fireplace? I asked in my perfectly broken Italian, which sounded more like this: Stiamo avendo un barbecue nel caminetto?

Si. come no? questo è il vecchio modo. Yes, why not? This is the old way.

I knew it was best to let the Sards do what they know best, and poured more wine.

I could hear them rattling away in their local lingua.

Agghju fame. Ajo. Facému così …

I’m hungry. Come on, or let’s go. Let’s do it like this …

E prontu. It’s ready.

BBQ-ed Pancetta

Vino, vino rosso. Get your red-hot vino rosso. I blared out in my perfect Canadian dialect, and was met with stares of confusion and disbelief. Leave it to me to add song and dance to everything I do, doesn’t matter what part of the world I’m in there’s a song always playing, albeit inside my head.

Sardinian pancetta

Fresh pancetta, local fennel, pickled eggplant and bottled Sardinian red wine. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, local ingredients in your diet. This meal was 100% locally grown and produced.

The Dish

Nothing tastes as fine as fresh meat barbecued in the family fireplace. This was one experience I can’t wait to try again.

What cooking or eating experiences have you tried for the first time on the road?

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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19 Responses to Sardinian BBQ in December

  1. 2gadabout says:

    Yum! Wish I was there.

  2. Ghafla!Guy says:

    and posting such is killing us lol :-( *hunger pangs*

  3. JR says:

    Looks awesome…I’m sure it tasted great. How is the weather now?

  4. I’m now almost vegetarian, but for this I’d almost turn carnivorous again. Anything cooked on purple flames must be good! ;)

  5. loca4motion says:

    Another use for the family fireplace! Love it! But what fuel were they using to produce such strange purple flames? Looks like a bewitched BBQ!

  6. TBM says:

    The fireplace! I never even considered that before.

  7. Debra Kolkka says:

    I had a Finnish barbecue on my way to Italy this time. That was good too. I really like the look of yours. I could eat fennel all day.

  8. Team Oyeniyi says:

    I’ve had a Maori hangi:

    Hāngi (pronounced [ˈhaːŋi]) is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven still used for special occasions.

    To “lay a hāngi” or “put down a hāngi” involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before uncovering (or lifting) the hāngi.

  9. The Hook says:

    Your life is mighty cool, Jennifer! Very awesome BBQ! Keep exploring life’s many mysteries, young lady!

  10. Christmas barbecue last Sunday: chicken, lamb or beef on skewers, mixed green salad, luscious sliced tomatoes, followed by colourful fruits in season. Wonderful! Except that an unexpected downpour interrupted everything! A storm in summer!
    Oh well, that’s life in Sydney, Australia!

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