Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

This Beer BBQ Sauce is not only delicious and easy to create, but is also versatile. Easily adapted to add your own special touch.

Using our pre-cooked range of onions and garlic, you can cut down your production process dramatically. Ambient and ready to use, all you need to do is add the required amount.

Season and spice to your own taste by adding more/less of the cayenne pepper and paprika. Taste wise, BBQ sauce packs a delicious punch, but has some very strong flavours involved, balance is always important. Add spices generously, but slowly.

Did you know?

We offer a huge range of sauces, pastes, chutneys, and condiments which are great for adding flavour to recipes including ready meals and fillings for sandwiches.

Our range includes classics such as mustards, soy, ketchups and Worcester sauce and delicious time saving pastes.

These pastes come chilled and include red pepper, sundried tomato, yellow bean, gochujang and lemongrass.

What Beer to use in a BBQ Sauce?

Various beers can be used in a BBQ sauce, each offering a different flavour. As part of our range, we offer a selection of beers which would work beautifully in a BBQ sauce. These include Murphy’s Stout, Doombar Ale, Greene King IPA Ale, Marston’s Pedigree Ale, Old Peculiar Ale.

Beer BBQ Sauce Recipe

500ml (approx.)

All ingredients highlighted in green are available as part of the Brusco range.

Let’s give it a try!

  1. Heat the onions in a little oil – our onions are pre-fried, so this cuts down on cooking time
  2. Add beer and all spices, sauces, mustards, vinegars, and purees
  3. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes
  4. Leave to cool before serving

Talk to the team

If you are interested in any of the ingredients included in our Beer BBQ recipe, get in touch with the team on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk

 

 

 

Office Administrator

JOB TITLE: Office Administrator

REPORTS TO: Operations Manager

LOCATION: Evesham, Worcestershire

CONTRACT: Permanent 40 hours per week

SALARY: £neg. based on experience

KEY SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong IT skills particularly Microsoft packages
  • Approachable and pro-active
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Resilient, adaptable, and able to work in a fast-changing environment task management

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Greet and direct visitors
  • Answer phones dealing with enquiries and directing to responsible team
  • Manage office supplies (stationery/water) and place orders when necessary
  • Maintain accurate records for employee holiday requests and absence
  • Arranging sample shipments by couriers
  • Support the relevant line managers with recruitment needs
  • Arranges meetings by scheduling appropriate meeting times, booking rooms, and planning refreshments
  • Manage main inbox by distributing mail accordingly
  • Assist in planning and arranging events, including organising catering & team social events
  • Manage incoming and outgoing post
  • Supporting the technical team with converting product specifications to Brusco format and log them on the specification register
  • Assisting marketing with events and trade show organisation

To apply for the role of Office Administrator, please send your CV and cover letter to mollie.shepherd@brusco.co.uk.

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken lo mein is a Chinese dish containing stirred egg noodles. Usually served with vegetables and either meat or seafood. Traditionally you will find beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp as part of the dish.

This Lo Mein recipe can use fresh or IQF vegetables, to help maintain a longer shelf life.

How to make an Asian style dish allergen free

To help make Asian recipes such as this chicken lo mein allergen free, swap your soy sauce with coconut aminos.

This fantastic ingredient has the same umami flavour but is produced using fermented coconut palm sap rather than soybeans which are a known allergen.

Certain noodles also contain allergens such as eggs, so swap for alternatives and always read the packaging.

Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

Serves 2
  • 400g noodles
  • 300g chicken
  • 4 spring onions split into greens and whites
  • 150g beansprouts
  • 50g carrot thinly sliced
  • 50g sugar snap peas
Sauce

Let’s give it a go!

  1. Heat a wok and when it starts to smoke add in the sliced chicken, season with Smart Salt® and pepper.
  2. Whilst this is cooking, mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. After 5 minutes of cooking and the chicken is done, remove from the pan.
  4. Add a little more oil if needed and then add in the vegetables aside from the beansprouts and green parts of the onions.
  5. Stir fry this for 5 minutes, continually stirring.
  6. Add in the chicken and noodles and mix.
  7. Add in the sauce and stir immediately.
  8. Mix 1 heaped tsp of cornflour with about 1 ½ tsps. of water into a slurry and add this to the wok. It will thicken the sauce
  9. Add in the beansprouts and green onions. Season with Smart Salt® and another 40 – 50ml of coconut aminos (add it gradually to your taste)
  10. Drizzle with toasted sesame oil (optional/not gluten free) and serve.

Talk to the team

Interested in our allergen free alternatives? Talk to the team today and see how we can help make your range more inclusive. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Reduce Salt in Plant-Based Food

As we enter a year where the trend of plant-based dining is increasing, the pressure for meat alternatives and ready meals to be tastier and more diverse is stronger than ever. The industry has come a long way, and companies are investing time and money into making delicious solutions for a more health and environmentally conscious audience.

As the category grows, so focus is increasing on the ingredients list and health benefits of products.

Plant based meat alternatives tend to require higher levels of seasoning to maximise flavour including varying levels of salt.

75% of plant-based foods are higher in sodium than their meat alternatives

Studies by the Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London have shown that whilst many plant-based options offered better nutritional profiles when it comes to calories and saturated fats, we should still be doing more to keep the sodium levels down.

Nearly three quarters of meat alternatives researched in the study failed to meet the current UK standards for salt, meaning they run the risk of not hitting the October 2022 HFSS targets released by the health authorities.

Salt Content in Plant Based Food compared to Meat

Within the study, they compared a selection of plant-based products against the meat products that they are based on, to see how the salt levels compared.

168 products across 6 categories were analysed including sausages, burgers, plain poultry alternatives, breaded poultry alternatives, mince, and meatballs.

Results showed that the salt content was significantly higher in five out of the six categories.

Plant-based sausages were the most successful with a similar salt content to meat, where the plain plant-based poultry category had more than twice the amount of salt than plain poultry.

How can we make Plant Based Dining Healthier?

Reformulation is one of the techniques that companies have used to help reduce levels of fat, sugar and salt proving success within the UK and worldwide.

Although successful, it requires extra costs and resource as manufacturers try adapting their recipes whilst maintaining their signature taste.

However, what if you could reduce sodium levels in your recipe without having to reformulate?

Reduce Salt in Plant Based Food

Smart Salt® is the only magnesium based sodium reduction formula which acts as a 1:1 replacement for sodium chloride. Reducing levels by up to 60%.

The formula offers the same taste, texture, and functionality of salt, making it easy to work with and great tasting.

During a time where HFSS (high fat, sugar, and salt) foods are under scrutiny of the government and health officials, it is more important than ever to start thinking of what you can be doing to meet the health needs of your customers and future generations.

Salt Replacement Samples – Try for Yourself

Trying a solution such as Smart Salt® for yourself is crucial to understanding its effectiveness.

Why not order a sample for yourself and swap your salt content with Smart Salt®, so you can try its taste, texture, and see how it can help meet the governments targets in time for 2024.

TALK TO THE TEAM

Interested in improving the nutritional profile of your plant-based range? Talk to the team today and see how we can help reduce your sodium levels by up to 60%. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Chilled Sliced Meats Failing to Meet Sodium Reduction Targets

A recent report by Action on Salt has revealed that 25% of chilled sliced meat products sold within the UK are saltier than Atlantic Sea water.

The research was conducted by Queen Mary University of London and took into consideration sliced meats sold in leading grocery stores. These meats included household favourites such as ham, chicken, salami, and corned beef.

1/3rd of meats fail to meet sodium reduction targets

1 in 3 of these meats failed to meet the national salt reduction targets and were considered dangerously high in salt.

Action on Salt have criticised efforts made by manufacturers and food companies, expressing that not enough has been done to reduce the levels of salt in food. Even after the salt targets were set in 2006.

Considering all products reviewed in the research, the salt content varied between 0.26g and 6g per 100g, showing a huge difference between product ranges. The levels averaged at around 2.1% per 100g, taking up 65% of the range selected. Only four products were considered as low salt content.

Sonia Pombo, Campaign Manager for Action on Salt, said:

“Why are these everyday sliced meats, which are frequently consumed by children, so high in salt when it is clearly not required for taste or food safety? Whilst some salt may be needed in processed meat, there is scope for extensive reductions, as demonstrated by some of the more responsible companies.

There’s no excuse. Other manufacturers must now follow their lead and put their customer’s health first.”

Sodium Reduction Targets can be met

Even the most challenging of applications can achieve a successful reduction in sodium with a simple switch, including in charcuterie meats such as prosciutto and chorizo.

Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and Chairman of Action on Salt, said:

“Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to lower blood pressure and reduce the number of people suffering from strokes and heart disease and life changing disabilities associated with this – all of which is completely avoidable. It’s a disgrace that food companies continue to fill our food with so much salt when there is the option to reformulate, which our research shows can easily be done. The Government needs to force the industry to comply, to ensure that many thousands of people don’t die unnecessarily.”

Sodium replacement technology such as Smart Salt® is key to successful reformulation. It offers a 1:1 replacement for regular salt and offers the same taste and functionality. In some applications it can also extend shelf life because of the magnesium ions in Smart Salt® slowing microbiological growth.

Simply replace your regular salt for the same quantity of Smart Salt® and achieve up to 60% reduction in sodium levels. Research even shows that some find the taste profile even more flavoursome with Smart Salt®.

If you are ready to investigate options regarding sodium reduction, talk to the team today on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761 555 for a sample of Smart Salt®. See first-hand how it can help improve the nutritional profile of your product.

Fuel Surcharge Statement

Dear Customer,

I am sure it has already come to your attention that fuel costs are rapidly and continuously increasing as an effect of the horrifying events in Ukraine on top of the overall inflation that was already having an impact. This week we have received communication from all our hauliers notifying us of increased fuel surcharges on all deliveries effective immediately.

Under normal circumstances our quotes/prices are inclusive of delivery however due to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in with the fuel surcharges which are being reviewed daily by our hauliers, we have very little control over the level these will reach and therefore we have no option but to pass these on to our customers.

We understand you will be seeing increases from all areas, so where possible we will try our best to absorb the additional expense but where this is not possible, our customer service team will advise you on an order by order basis of the fuel surcharge that will be added to your invoice.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and update you accordingly. If you have further questions, please contact your account manager who will be happy to advise.

We hope that the situation will get resolved soon and prices will begin to stabilise but in the meantime we thank you for your continued understanding & support during this difficult time.

Kind regards,

The Brusco Food Group Team

Vegetarian Low Sodium Pizza

At Brusco, we think every day should be #worldpizzaday, celebrating every base, topping and flavour. This delicious pizza recipe is vegetarian, uses ready cooked vegetables and contains low levels of sodium.

Reducing Sodium Levels in Pizza

Pizza is one of the foods that regularly comes under fire when it comes to its salt/sodium content.

A large, 140-gram slice of store-bought, frozen pizza averages at around 765 mg of sodium, and depending on the brand/toppings can drastically exceed the recommended amount.

The reason behind this is that each of the essential pizza ingredient contains high levels of salt including the sauce, cheese, dough and additional cured meat toppings.

Smart Salt® is a 1:1 sodium replacement technology which can help reduce levels by up to 60% in several applications including those used in a pizza and other ready meals.

Research has shown that Smart Salt® not only helps lower sodium levels, but also replicates the taste, texture, and functionality of regular salt.

Reducing the levels of sodium with Smart Salt® in each step of pizza production, will result in a lower sodium pizza with the same great taste.

Ready Prepped and Easy to Create

All toppings used on this vegetarian pizza have been prepped and cooked, ready to use. This helps take a step out of the production process, reducing time, resource, and costs.

Our cooked vegetables and onions are stored ambient and come ready to eat. Delicious in flavour, cooked to perfection. No need to take time slow cooking, caramelising or roasting.

Low Salt Pizza Recipe

Creates 4 delicious pizzas
  • 700g flour
  • 2 packets dried yeast
  • 1/5 teaspoons Smart Salt®
  • 2 tablespoons olive 0il
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 480-500ml lukewarm water
Tomato Sauce
Vegetarian Pizza Topping

Let’s Give it a Go!

  1. In a large bowl add the warm water and sugar, sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit for 5-10 minutes, stir to combine.
  2. Add the olive oil, flour and salt to a separate bowl, slowly add the water. With a fork mix until the dough starts to come together.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, remove dough from the bowl and knead until smooth and elastic (approx. 10 minutes)
  4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and a large clean kitchen towel. Leave in a warm draft free area until doubled in bulk (approx. 2 hours)
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 240 C. Punch dough down a few times and divide into 3-4 balls. Let dough rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Place the dough on the pizza tray and form into your desired shape. Tip: do not use a rolling pin as this will flatten the dough and affect its rise.
  7. Spoon on 2 – 3 tablespoons of the sauce on each pizza and add the vegetables, onions, and cheese
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and bubbly!

Serve.

Talk to the team

Interested in our tomatoes, Smart Salt® and ready cooked range? Talk to the team today and see how we can help reduce your sodium levels. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is the ultimate winter treat providing comfort and warmth on the coldest of days. With plant-based foods being the trend of 2022, this Curried Butternut Squash Soup is the ultimate recipe.

VEGAN SOUP RECIPE

Flavourful and delicious, this easy vegan soup recipe is not only healthy, but it also uses vegan friendly ingredients.

The creaminess comes from coconut milk and the flavours come from pre-chopped vegetables and powdered spices.

Prepared ingredients for quick and easy production

All ingredients provided by Brusco Food Group in this recipe are readily prepared. The garlic and onion are ready pureed and cooked, and the ginger and curry flavourings are powdered.

Low Sodium Soup

Ready meals such as soups often come with a high salt content. By making the simple swap from regular salt to Smart Salt® we were able to keep the same great taste, but reduce the sodium levels for our customers.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients

Serves 2

Garnish

Let’s give it a go!

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180c and spread the seeds onto a lined baking sheet drizzle over a little oil. Roast the seeds for 10-15 minutes then remove and set aside.
  2. In a cold pan add 2 heaped tbsp of the pureed onions to a little oil and bring up to a medium to low heat. Once this starts to sizzle, add in the curry powder, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Mix and then add in the squash, toss in the spice and onions. Cook this for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add in 400ml vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Season with Smart Salt® and pepper.
  5. Once it reaches a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is cooked through. Once you have reached this point, blend to your desired consistency
  6. Add the coconut milk and taste, season if needed.
  7. Garnish with the toasted seeds, crispy onions, coriander, and a drizzle of coconut cream.

TALK TO THE TEAM

Interested in our spices and ready cooked range? Talk to the team today and see how we can help reduce production time and costs. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Inside Sales/Customer Service Adviser

This role will be a customer service / inside sales hybrid role where the successful candidate will undertake duties to manage and grow the customer base as well as oversee customer service activities for their customers and the wider business.

JOB TITLE:               Inside Sales/Customer Service Adviser

REPORTS TO:          Operations Manager

LOCATION:            Evesham, Worcestershire

CONTRACT:           Permanent 40 hours per week

SALARY:                 £neg. based on experience

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The key areas of responsibility for this role are as follows:

  • Acknowledge and log all orders received
  • Check customer purchase order against contracts, to ensure correct prices and quantities are quoted. Contact clients were necessary to discuss any discrepancies
  • Process sales orders to achieve the required delivery date
  • Raise purchase orders and liaise with the supplier and hauliers to meet the client’s expectations
  • Process order amendments in a timely manner to achieve required delivery date
  • Log all orders relating to “stock” items, ensuring low stock levels are reported to the relevant departments
  • Raise and distribute all forms relating to stock items
  • Issue shipping instructions to warehouses and logistics providers
  • Look after all aspects of account management for a defined list of customers including duties such as building relationships with both commercial and NPD contacts, setting and delivering an agreed annual sales budget for the territory, arrange quotations for new business, arrange samples as required, manage pricing and volumes for existing customers and lines
  • Carry out prospecting activities for the business to find new customers
  • Ensure the company’s CRM system is kept up to date with customer communications and contacts
  • Answer inbound calls into the office and direct as appropriate
  • Provide ad-hoc support across the office when need arises due to deadlines, high workload, or holiday cover

We are looking for someone with a positive friendly attitude, great attention to detail and strong customer service skills who wants to utilise these in a growing company. Strong communication skills both written and verbal are essential along with the confidence to deal effectively with customers and suppliers. We offer a great team environment and prospects for growth.

If this sounds of interest please send a covering letter explaining why you feel this is the right role for you along with your CV.

The Brusco Food Group offers the right candidate: i.e a competitive salary, pension etc.

Buyer

This role is a great opportunity for someone to expand their procurement experience and take a critical role in supporting the growth of the business.

Working along side the Group Purchasing Manager this role will increasingly take on responsibility for managing supplier relationships and sourcing new products from across the world, along with managing day to day pricing enquiries and stock management.

JOB TITLE: Buyer

REPORTS TO: Group Purchasing Manager

LOCATION: Evesham, Worcestershire

CONTRACT: Permanent 40 hours per week

SALARY: £neg. based on experience

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Meet with key suppliers to understand capabilities and build relationships
  • Negotiate pricing with suppliers to enable margin improvement across the business
  • Respond to pricing enquiries from the sales team and secure required pricing from suppliers in a timely basis (cost pricing supplied on 90% of enquiries within 2 days of enquiry receipt)
  • Support technical with gathering the required documentation from potential and existing suppliers to comply with the company’s quality management system
  • Work in conjunction with the technical team to monitor supplier performance take any corrective actions agreed with the technical department and the Managing Director
  • Identify alternative cost-effective sources of supply for the business that meet the company’s technical criteria
  • Monitor trends in customer enquiries to identify gaps in product range and areas where the business is uncompetitive and identify new suitable suppliers
  • Coordinate with Customer Service Advisors to gather feedback on pricing and samples supplied
  • Maintain the supplier database to allow easy identification of approved suppliers by product category
  • Develop and maintain standard price lists with suppliers where feasible to streamline the process of quotations
  • Work with Technical and Finance departments on new supplier setup
  • Ensure any price amendments from suppliers are captured and communicated to the Customer Service Advisors so customers can be informed on a timely basis of price changes
  • Capture product data sheets and marketing materials from suppliers helpful to promoting new and existing products. Ensure these materials are shared with the sales team
  • Monitor stock movement and levels and make necessary ordering decisions to ensure material availability while managing working capital
  • Highlight any stock concerns to the Commercial Manager and Group Purchasing Manager in a timely manner and suggest solutions

Requirements for potential candidates:

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in procurement roles within the food industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic and motivated to work as part of a busy team
  • A positive “can-do” attitude and be keen to take on responsibility
  • You have confidence in your capability but also a willingness to learn and take on new challenges

Brusco Food Group offers an excellent opportunity to learn and develop in a growing business. We offer a competitive package and are keen to find people who align with our business values and mission.