two brothers from Leeds have got the city’s residents all fired up about their barbecue project.
Dan and Andy Crowder, of Headingley, called on the public to back their plans and get their business smoking.
The duo’s goal was to raise £3,000 in 30 days to pay for a smoker that would take them from backyard cooks to street-food pit masters – a 7ft machine that can hold up to 60lbs of meat and cook around the clock.
But the meat-loving mavericks managed to hit their target with days to spare.
Dan, 25, said: “We’re still in shock. We thought we would have to campaign hard for the next couple of days but I think we will up our goal now. I think street food is a great opportunity – you’ve not got massive start-up costs as you’ve not got to go and buy a restaurant.”
Extra cash raised will go towards other pieces of kit they need, such as a printed gazebo to act as their shop front.
Those pledging cash to the project receive rewards ranging from a packet of the boys’ signature pulled pork rub mix for a contribution of £8 or more; while those pledging £60 or more will receive a barbecue box packed full of sauces, recipes and other goodies; and those backing them to the tune of £750 will get Crowder Barbecue catering for a party for up to 60 people.
Andy, 22, is now in the final month of a music production degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. During that time they have developed their vision of serving up authentic barbecued street food at markets, festivals, parties, weddings and other events across the city. Now the duo will be showcasing everything Crowder Barbecue has to offer at an all-day music and food festival at the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park on May 26.
Go to www.kickstarter.com/.projects/1595432814/crowder-barbecue.