Meat Wagon: RUC Land Rover used to promote barbecue-themed restaurant in Belfast, creating 20 jobs

A man and woman holding a tray of food and drink in front of an old RUC land rover with the Meat Wagon Signage parked in front of Belfast City Hall.
Stix & Stones Meat Wagon's head chef, Rory Lee, with restaurant manager Lauren McDermott. (Paul Mc Farland)

Belfast restaurant company Stix & Stones has opened a new barbecue food venture in the city centre, creating 20 jobs.

Meat Wagon has opened on Wellington Place, next to the Stix & Stones butchery and just around the corner from Stix & Stones’ main restaurant on Upper Queen Street.

Stix & Stones has been promoting Meat Wagon by taking an old RUC Land Rover on the road around Belfast in recent days.

The hospitality company, which also operates an East Belfast Stix & Stones restaurant in Ballyhackamore, is owned by John Trainor and Joanne Mulligan.

Rory Lee has been appointed head chef at the new Meat Wagon restaurant, which will offer a diner-style barbecue experience with slow and low-cooked meat.

His menu includes house-smoked brisket, baby back ribs, chicken wings, and smash burgers.

“Stix & Stones Meat Wagon has been designed to offer customers a mix of intimate table settings and booth dining that’s perfect for a relaxed get-together with friends and family to enjoy mouth-watering and tasty barbecue food lovingly smoked by our pitmasters,” said the chef.

“Our authentic slow and low cooking techniques, combined with our farm-to-fork commitment and supporting local suppliers of fresh quality food and ingredients, ensures every dish we serve is not only bursting with flavour, but contributes to boosting the local economy.

“With the creation of 20 new jobs, and more on the horizon, we want to share our love for great barbecue, as we feel we have created something truly special here for meat lovers across the region to enjoy over and over again.”