Innovative road workers use steaming hot tarmac to cook meals on road

Seriously street food! Innovative road workers use steaming hot tarmac to cook meals on the road

  • Martin Crompton, 50, and John Webb, 46, lay tar around Greater Manchester
  • John decided to let Martin and the rest of the crew in on his cooking technique
  • He covered a pie and even a whole chicken in the piping hot tar to cook it 

Pioneering road workers have taken street food to another level by cooking their lunch, including a whole chicken, by burying it in tarmac.

Martin Crompton, 50, and John Webb, 46, have known each other for well over 30 years and work together laying tar around the roads of Greater Manchester.

Recently John decided to let Martin and the rest of the crew in on his specialised cooking technique. 


Road workers have taken street food to another level by cooking their lunch, including a whole chicken, by burying it in tarmac in Greater Manchester

Using the same tarmac that they lay the roads with, John proceeded to cover a pie, and even a whole chicken in the piping hot tar.

Less than 20 minutes later, and to everyone’s surprise, John was feasting on his tasty tar-cooked lunch.

The pair either lay the food covered in foil on the road or fill a wheelbarrow with hot tar and place the food in it.  

Martin’s cooked chicken sits waiting to be eaten at the side of the road. The workers fill wheelbarrows with the hot tar and sit the food in it 

Martin Crompton, 50, eating the pie that he has cooked by burying it in the hot tarmac at the side of the road

John said: ‘Pies and soup take 15 minutes, eggs takes 18 minutes and bacon and sausage take 20 minutes.

‘I would recommend people to use tar to cook their food as it’s only like using an old way of cooking, like with hot rocks.

‘But anything that would take longer than 20 minutes would have to be swapped into fresh tar.’

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