Markets may be a mecca for those looking for unique handcrafted homewares or interesting pieces of art, but artisans’ crafts aren’t the only products in demand among marketgoers.
After working up an appetite browsing the stalls, why not satisfy your hunger with a sumptuous slow-cooked delight from The Crafty Pit. Established in 2016 by Raymond Terrace couple Paul and Amanda Bull, the food van offers a range of barbecued meats cooked ‘low n slow with a twist’ and incorporated in a range of delicious dishes, from burgers and
wraps to nachos and subs.
“I bought my first Weber Kettle barbecue back in 2000 and started my love for charcoal cooking,” Paul said. “Nearly every weekend I would be cooking pork or chicken roast along with vegetables all on the Kettle. I love to cook for family and friends, and it was my family and friends that said to us we need to get out there, purchase a food van and let other people try our creations.
“The Crafty Pit started in early 2016. The name came together based on trying to do thing different when it comes to pit cooking – ‘low n slow with a twist’.”
Passionate about cooking meats that are tender and full of flavour, Paul said the secret lay in the spices they use and the patience required not to rush the process.
“All my meats are cooked low and slow over ironbark wood,” he said. “The secret is the quality of meat used, good spice rubs to give flavour, temperature control and time to cook it – it can’t be rushed. “Working closely with the team at Terrace Meat Raymond Terrace we are able to source the best cuts for low and slow cooking. The barbecue sauce we use is freshly made every week and our spice rubs are also handmade using the freshest of ingredients.”
The Crafty Pit has been making its way to the Handmade in the Hunter Markets since March this year and regulars will notice that while they have a core offering, Paul and Amanda love to change up their menu.
With so many tasty dishes on offer, Paul said it was tough to select just one favourite. “My favourite is the Pulled Beef Burger with smoked pulled beef, beetroot relish and vintage cheese – the combination of all three things work well together,” he said.
“Amanda’s would be the Cheeseburger Spring Rolls. Freshly made for every event, these are definitely a crowd favourite. And you can’t go past our nachos using our pulled meats, fresh
tomato salsa and all the trimmings – it’s a meal for two.”
Check out The Crafty Pit at the Handmade in the Hunter Markets this month, which will be held at Kevin Sobels Wines from 9am to 3pm on August 11 and 25.