The Blacksmith Smokehouse set to debut at Wyndham Dubai Marina

Pit master Orelle Young has been charged with bringing authenticity to Dubai's newest BBQ concept

Orelle Young.
Orelle Young.

Heralded as the first truly authentic venue of its kind in Dubai, The Blacksmith Smokehouse is due to open at Wyndham Dubai Marina in January.

Manhattan-born pit master Orelle Young made a name for himself at BBQ institution, Hill Country NYC before moving to Big Easy in London and finally arriving in Dubai.

Young, who has been a pit master for 10 years, explained his all-encompassing role to Caterer Middle East: “In every respect of the word it’s a title that’s earned. A pit master is someone who has dedicated their lives to smoking. Commercially speaking, it’s the person behind the meat at the restaurant. From picking the cut, ordering, making the inventory, creating the item on the menu and smoking it at the end. And it doesn’t stop at smoking it. Getting it out is just as hard, if not harder. There are a lot of things you have to pay attention to. The textures, the time, the hotspots in the smoker. So by definition, a pit master is a person who understands the meat.”

Did you like this story?
Click here for more

For Young, BBQ is about making something out of nothing: “You’re not looking at a short rib or a brisket as a gourmet cut of beef. However, the short rib that you’re going to have at Blacksmith is going to taste better than any rib eye or filet mignon that you’re going to have at a five star dining experience.”

The short rib, which happens to be Young’s favourite cut, will take centre stage at the 148-cover venue. Young says: “The short rib is going to be the big ticket item on the menu. Just the sheer size of it (750g). It can definitely be a sharing dish with two or three friends eating family-style. That’s the culture and tradition of BBQ, bringing people together.”

Enthusiastic about bringing the concept to the region, Young added: “When you enjoy doing what you do, it doesn’t feel like a job. It doesn’t feel like I’m 10 years in. Every day is new to me. I’m travelling and doing what I do best.”

For all the latest hospitality news from UAE, Gulf countries and around the world, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.

Most Popular

Newsletter

Reports

Human Capital Report 2017

Human Capital Report 2017

The second annual Hotelier Middle East Human Capital Report is designed to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities facing hospitality professionals responsible for the hotel industry’s most important asset – its people. The report combines the results of Hotelier Middle East's HR Leaders Survey with exclusive interviews with the region's senior human resources directors.

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

The Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016 provides essential business insight into this critical hotel function, revealing a gradual move towards the use of automated management and a commitment to sustainability, concerns over recruitment, retention and staff outsourcing, and the potential to deliver much more, if only the industry's "image problem" can be reversed.

From the edition

From the magazine