red’s true bbq, manchester
situated in the old livebait building in manchester, red’s true bbq has come to save our souls and forgive our sins.
looking for yet another alternative to sunday lunch, we headed straight to red’s on their first weekend of opening. we were seated quickly with a great view of the kitchen, when you can peer in at the sheer masses of food that gets sent out and a variety of hanging meats.
we were instantly excited by what was around us; the hot sauce! the lights! the quite literally biblical sized menu!
after saying the holy words and reminding ourselves of the 10 commandments of bbq, we got stuck straight into the menu. i eventually decided on a smoked chicken & pulled pork hoagie with 2 ‘humble’ sides (fries and onion rings) and the other half went for the st.louis ribs, smoked sausage, and a ‘divine’ side of texas toast.
served up on trays and piled as high as they get, this is not food to be sniffed at. my hoagie was packed full of flavour and, although it became a bit cloying – my fault for choosing two soft/shredded meats – the hot sauce and crunchy, vinegary slaw soon took care of that. however, the fries were uninspiring and onion rings a touch greasy.
the texas toast was a much better choice, as it seems the ‘divine’ sides are – no wonder they are held in such high esteem. the st.louis ribs, sticky and blackened, were tasty, if a bit overpowering of the rest of the meal. saying that, the meat fell off the bone easily and made for some finger-licking fun.
the smoked sausage, however, really stole the show. it had a wonderful bite to it, with a real *crack* to the skin and wealth of spice running throughout. this is what i would recommend ordering.
service ran smoothly throughout the meal, with lovely server thom coming to check up on us and have a chat whilst waiting for the card machine to process, and this is what really reminded me of my time in america.
all hail red’s – amen!