You wouldn’t traditionally introduce Buckfast to a salad but when I discovered this Bucky BBQ sauce from Hollah Preserving, I couldn’t resist it!
I met Paula, one half of the Hollah team at a foodie event in Avoca. We were chatting for ages and I was really taken with her passion for her products. She let me try quite a few and they were all delicious but there was something about the sheer decadence of using Buckfast in a sauce that really appealed to me.
If you aren’t aware of the delights of Buckfast, let me fill you in. It’s a tonic wine made by Benedictine Monks in Buckfast Abbey. Although the Abbey is in Devon, Buckfast enjoys a special popularity in Northern Ireland. Apparently, it is the most popular drink in Lurgan, accounting for 25% of all booze sold in the town and earning it the NI nickname, Lurgan champagne
The drink is famed for it’s high caffeine content and has been blamed for anti-social behaviour in Scotland, where it has been branded as ‘Wreck the Hoose Juice’ and ‘Commotion Lotion’. What’s not to like?
I decided to use the sauce in a BBQ bacon and pasta salad, using natural yoghurt to transform the Bucky sauce into a creamy but healthy dressing. I was absolutely delighted with the results. You can find the recipe and instructions below if you want to give it a go.