The Mac Daddy arrived in a cardboard box, delivered unceremoniously to our doorstep, leaving us largely ignorant of the excitements inside.


It wasn’t until we opened our parcel that we remembered ordering the new self assemble Dirty At Home kit, unable to wait any longer for Dirty Bones to reopen in The Westgate.

“Loud and proud, the Mac Daddy takes no prisoners and is entirely unapologetic”


For those who haven’t been, Dirty Bones is a smokin’ hot, laid back, sexy, sultry Americana style restaurant/ bar with great taste in decor, music, burgers, ribs and even veggie burgers. Think leather banquettes, rectangular bar and low lighting and you’re nearly there.

Dirty Bones in The Westgate


The Dirty Bones kit for four people includes burger patties x 8, a pack of cooked macaroni pasta, some mac & cheese sauce, 4 American cheese slices, a pack of pulled beef short rib marinated in espresso spiked BBQ sauce and 4 seeded brioche buns. A feast indeed, but where to begin?

once in a while, when you fancy a treat it’s good to know that Big Daddy has still got your back


Luckily, the pack comes complete with a recipe card and is fairly self explanatory really, if inconceivable. All that in one bun?

The Big Daddy kit


We set to work with a zeal unrecognisable on any other week night. The sun was out so we fired up the barby and got to work. Not much to do though really when it comes down to it. Mix the cheese sauce and macaroni, heat the rib sauce, layer it up, lick your lips, get stuck in. Bob’s your uncle.


The cheese sauce is wonderful and smokey with scarmorza, and actually fits nicely on top of the double burger and cheese. The ribs on top are slightly incongruous but add to the pungent dripping, gooey, debauched combination.


The order of assembly by the way is bun, burger, cheese slice, burger, mac & cheese, ribs, bun, not even a token lettuce leaf or slice of tomato in sight (although we added one!).

There is a Dirty Vegan Chilli Cheeseburger cook at home kit as well for the non carnivores out there too.

Loud and proud, the Mac Daddy takes no prisoners and is entirely unapologetic about its glutinous make up. It was in short glorious. You couldn’t eat one everyday mind, but once in a while, when you fancy a treat it’s good to know that Big Daddy has still got your back.

Dirty Bones in Oxford’s Westgate is yet to announce a reopening date

Order your Dirty At Home kit for four costs £25. Go to https://dirty-bones.com/dirty-at-home-kits

KATHERINE MACALISTER

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