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City sizzles as Boojum owner opens up a barbecue joint

By Amanda Poole

Published 10/12/2012

The owner of the popular Boojum burrito bars has opened a pop-up barbecue joint in Belfast city centre, creating 14 new jobs.

Bubbacue, based in Callender Street, across from the side entrance of Marks and Spencer, offers mouth-watering American style slow-cooked food.

Owner, John Blisard, a native of Philadelphia, has been living in Belfast since 2006, and opened his first "fast casual" food outlet in Botanic Avenue in 2007.

Boojum has been a huge success story, with a second of the Mexican burrito bars opening in Chicester Street in 2010. There is also another restaurant in Dublin.

John employs 31 staff at the two Belfast Boojums and has taken on 14 new staff at Bubbacue.

It will be open until February, with a view to making it permanent, either at the Callender Street premises, or at another location.

On the menu is smoked barbecue pork, beef brisket, sausage and pork ribs and other traditional US delights such as cornbread, pickle, beans and desserts.

John said: "We opened to try out the concept and people have responded well.

"We had a Texan guy in and he said our brisket was better than in the US."

Bubbacue chef Colin McSherry, from Newcastle Co Down, previously worked at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant.

He also worked under Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett for the two years before that in London.

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