How it all started...
Pig & Pilgrim was born from a love of food beyond function, a love of artisanal hand crafting… and a marriage of the two. In fact, the brand is the product of the actual marriage between founders Alex and Charlie.
The Pig and Pilgrim story started when food lovers Charlie and Alex married in 2019. The only thing that was a non-negotiable at their wedding was that their guests would be treated to tons of food, cooked outside over fire. There was only one simple way to make that happen: Charlie, who has a culinary background, would single-handedly cater their wedding of 100 people. The centrepiece of the meal was a beautiful whole lamb cooked over charcoal on a home-made asado BBQ cross, and the night ended with full bellies – of food, and laughter. The next day, Charlie barbecued bacon and egg rolls (the undisputed remedy for a big night) for guests over an Argentinean-style santa maria parrilla grill. Charlie designed and built both the cross and the parrilla himself, from scratch, in Sydney, Australia.
… And then the charcoal barbecue trend caught fire. After countless requests to make barbecues from hungry friends and family, Pig & Pilgrim was forged.
We have all the ingredients to make a high-quality barbecue that’s built to last:
Solid steel, handcrafted, with our unique height-adjusting grill plate – known as a santa-maria grill - that can be raised or lowered over the charcoal using a hand wheel.
The beauty of using a Pig & Pilgrim is it allows you to modify the amount of heat reaching the food for a perfect smoky char on meat, fish and vegetables every time (lift it to turn down the heat, lower it to crank it up again). Other charcoal barbecues don't have this function, so if you get the heat of the coals wrong – burnt dinner. It’s a practical, creative, hands-on way to cook with charcoal, that suits everyone from boundary-pushing food professionals to barbecue beginners experimenting with charcoal for the first time.
Pig & Pilgrim represents our obsession with flavourful, honest food, forged by the flame.
Guided by what we know tastes good and our love for Australian-made handcrafting, our thoughtfully-designed solid steel barbecues let you explore the art of cooking at fire at home, using a tool that is simple, beautiful and made to last.
We believe the art of cooking with fire is a big deal - not just a meal. The simplicity of cooking the old-school way celebrates the authentic and natural flavours of whatever’s on top of the grill plate as it is touched by heat and smoke. Cooking this way brings people together, something fire has done for thousands of years.
Pig & Pilgrims are handmade, so compared to the perfect and polished mass-produced ones you find in stores they may have small lumps and bumps. We think that adds character. We guarantee they’re made with top-quality materials, thoughtful design and a whole lot of love.
We exist for the love of good food, cooked well, for everyone. After all, this is the way we eat every day.
- Charlie and Alex