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Category: bbq

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.

reds (2)the atmosphere is relaxed, with some great music playing, and a real feeling that the staff enjoy their work here.

we were instantly excited by what was around us; the hot sauce! the lights! the quite literally biblical sized menu!

saucessauces include the carolina’s, kansas, ketchup and an amazing 6 spice hot sauce – which was by far my favourite.

10 commandmentsafter 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.

chicken and pork hoagieserved 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.

st.louis ribs and sausagethe 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!

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brewdog, manchester

the guys at brewdog know what they’re doing – their strong following of beer lovers keeps them popping up in cities across the uk, sharing their love of hops through beer schools and serving up ridiculous percentage brews.

i’m learning the ways of the beer drinker but, sadly, i am not there just yet.

however, there is one thing i do know about, and that’s bbq – luckily, that’s a love brewdog also shares.

beef brisketvisiting on a thursday evening with a brewdog virgin, we poured over the food and drinks menu, but i quickly knew what i wanted; having been here with a yelp contingent, i had to go back for more mac&cheese, and opted for the brisket as my main meat.

i apologise for yet another poorly lit photo (i have a bad phone camera!) but just take a look at that smoke ring. wow.

the meat itself was tender and packed with flavour, if a bit dry, especially with the hunk of brown bread served alongside. the mac&cheese, however, took care of this and added the much needed moisture.

pulled pork rollmy companion went for the pulled pork roll with a side of sweet potato fries, which were heavenly. the meat was much easier to eat with a large helping of bbq sauce on top, something my dish could have done with.

on the whole, a great meal in super relaxed surroundings. and a smoke ring that will stick in my memory.

nolita cantina, liverpool

i’ve recently celebrated my birthday (and am still celebrating to be honest!) and there was only one thing on my mind – i wanted to eat, and i wanted to eat well.

with a trip to liverpool all booked in, the question of where we would go to eat quickly arose, but was answered just as quickly. finding many of our locations over the weekend via twitter, nolita cantina became a bit of a must do after seeing some snaps of what they had to offer.

only taking bookings for parties over 6, which seems to be becoming more common, we went in at 8pm. there was a 45 minute wait, but after a massive lunch elsewhere, we weren’t too bothered by this – there are plenty of bars in the area! leaving our name and number, we went for a drink until the phone call came through.

2013-12-07 20.48.23by the time we were seated, it had emptied out a bit, but there was still a great atmosphere.

it’s hard to not be overfaced by a menu somewhere like this; where everything looks delicious and you could happily order any number of items.

after some fairly intense debate, we ordered mini corn dogs and buffalo chicken blasters to start.

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2013-12-07 21.07.41the corn dogs seemed a bit big for a starter, but the light batter meant that it actually wasn’t too filling, and the perfect amount to share between two. the buffalo chicken blasters combined plenty of my favourite things (pastry, chicken, cheese – done) and, when dipped into blue cheese dressing, were on another level!

2013-12-07 21.23.10my main of beef brisket was served up bushtrucker style – hey, it is a cantina after all! the meat and dr.pepper bbq sauce were both great, soft and sweet, but balanced by the crunchy slaw and rocket salad. this was exactly what i had in mind for my celebration meal!

2013-12-07 21.23.17apologies for the photography, but the boyfriend’s pulled pork plate was piled high with tender meat, regular and sweet potato fries, and bbq beans. the dish was supposed to come with 2 potato latkes but unfortunately they had run out, though they more than made up for it with the portion of fries.

2013-12-07 21.24.16generous portions and some of my favourite combinations, a must do for any meat lover.

guerrilla eats first birthday, manchester

anyone who reads this blog, follows me on twitter or yelp, knows how much of a fan i am of the big blue gorilla that is guerrilla eats.

recently, he celebrated his first birthday! and boy does he know how to celebrate.

traders included the usual dirty dogs are hot, ginger’s comfort emporium, chaat cart and fire & salt bbq but there were also a few visitors from elsewhere – spit and roast, mumma’s schnitzel (who are also to be found in spinningfields), and luardo’s mexican.

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as ever, we tried to eat from everywhere!

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2013-11-16 20.46.36the texan two step roll from fire & salt, consisting of brisket and texan smoked sausage on a brioche roll, was a real treat. stepping away from pulled pork was a great move, showing that bbq is more than the standard fare. the mac and cheese was delicious; mixed fresh in front of us, the sauce was creamy and rich, much like that of southern eleven.

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the buttermilk chicken bun from spit and roast, topped with korean hot sauce, made us both stop and really appreciate what we were eating. the chicken was juicy and moist, with a perfect crispy coating, and the sauce was sweet but spicy. i hope they come back because i don’t think i can live my life without more of this chicken.

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2013-11-16 20.19.56dirty dogs are hot were, as ever, offering up a twist on the classic dog – this time, it was the dog’s bollocks. no, that was the name! bourbon jam, a beef and pork frank, nacho cheese sauce and pickled red onion. if that doesn’t get your juices flowing, i don’t know what will.

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2013-11-16 21.00.22we had ginger’s chorlton crack for dessert – peanut and salted caramel ice cream. the initial salty taste took me back, but the aftertaste and chunks of nut went down perfectly. rich and creamy, it’s no wonder these ice-creams are so sought after in manchester.

not a bouncy castle in sight.