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Category: chicken

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!

happy new year!

happy 2014 everyone!

before saying goodbye to 2013 completely, here is a brief (but mouthwatering) look over the food i recently tucked in to during my christmas visit to sydney, australia!

IMG_0285beef & the trimmings on the plane from manchester – dubai

IMG_0290pasta with parmesan & avocado on the plane from dubai – sydney

IMG_0318steak sandwich & amazing fries at the lord nelson brewery pub

2013-12-25 11.29.26christmas day brunch!

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2013-12-25 21.32.43scallops to start & chicken roulade main at the oxford social for christmas dinner

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2013-12-27 11.55.31zucchini, shallot & sweetcorn fritters with bacon and tomato, and pancakes with pistachio cream at jelly fish on manly beach

2013-12-28 13.46.19chicken tikka wrap from wine odyssey at the rocks market

2013-12-28 20.09.192013-12-28 20.09.282013-12-28 20.09.37green chicken curry, chicken & coconut soup, and chicken satay at home thai restaurant

it really was a whirlwind trip (i was only there for a week!) but, as you can see, i managed to fit plenty of food adventures in.

here’s to a new year, filled with many more culinary delights and food-fuelled weekends. keep eating!

salt house tapas, liverpool

aren’t tapas just great?

when done properly, tapas can be my preferred meal above 3-courses. during our holiday to portugal, our greatest meal was definitely at a small, tiled tapas bar, down a cobbled street in the algarve (what a romantic.)

wanting to recreate that feeling as much as possible in liverpool, we headed into salt house tapas. not quite down a cobbled street or allowing us to bask in any sun, this was still a tapas meal to remember.

salt housefrom the top, going clockwise – roasted squash with almonds and whipped goats cheese, jamon croquettes, cauliflower and chickpea tagine, pork belly, pan fried peppers with sea salt flakes, and chicken/chorizo skewers on flatbread.

everything comes out once it’s made, providing you with an ongoing eating experience and the excitement of still having more to come.

the stand out dish for me was probably the peppers; not usually a fan of the green ones, these were salty savoury goodness, and went really well with the whipped goats cheese.

2013-12-08 13.26.51my second favourite had to be the chicken and chorizo – a simple enough flavour combination, but the meat was beautifully soft, with none of that chewiness that can so often plague a chorizo dish.

chicken and chorizo skewersthe lunchtime menu was £10.95 for 3 plates and a slice of sourdough bread, with oil and vinegar. personally, i thought this was great value for the atmosphere, service, and simple but effective dishes.

sourdough

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.