I love BBQ food, and so have frequented Reds True BBQ a few times and thought it best that I write about it!
Situated on Queens St in the city centre right next to Georges Fish & Chip Kitchen, it is much lager inside than anticipated from the outside. Exposed brick, metal and used tyres make up a large proportion of the décor along with neon signage. I usually dislike this type of interior design but I must admit I love it here. From tables of 2 to lager parties there is room for everyone. The toilets are peculiar, all red curtains and black toilets. I imagine look like the inside of a brothel (Yab Yum, the brothel museum in Amsterdam sprang to mind)
I went last night at it was at least half full, suggesting that Nottingham still loves this place over 18 months after their launch.
As soon as you enter you are welcomed by the waiter and taken to your table. At the entrance there is a cabinet full of Silverside Beef Jerky and Cured house recipe sausage Jerky stick along with their signature sauces and rubs.
Their house sauces consist of 5 sauces available on the table, my favourite was the South Carolina which is a tangy mustard based sauce – surprising as I don’t like mustard usually. Along with this is their Unholy BBQ sauce, a classic sweet BBQ sauce that doesn’t come on the tables (but if you ask you may get a pot to go with your food)
We had a half of Piston Head lager at 4.6% , brewed in Sweden and gorgeously yellow-gold in colour. Nicely sweet, it’s a great summer beer. For the craft beer lovers out there, Legitimate Industries provide Identity Theft, an American pale ale at 5.3% and Tax Evasion, a Pilsner Lager at 4.4%. Both are brewed exclusively for Reds True BBQ.
The menu is jumbled and confusing, but has a good selection. From burnt ends to steak, to ribs, if you like BBQ you are in the right place.
We ordered crackling as a starter, which came in a cite blue and white striped bag. It was nice, not too crisp so my teeth survived, however some bits were too salty for me, and I love salty food. I probably wouldn’t get them again to be honest.
I ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich in a brioche bun, which came with buttermilk slaw, unholy BBQ sauce and house recipe apple sauce on the side, along with sweet potato fries. The top of the brioche was so tough I couldn’t bite into it so I ended up leaving that and devouring the rest. The pulled pork was perfectly cooked, juicy and melt in the mouth. I wasn’t keen on the buttermilk slaw, it just wasn’t to my taste. The sweet potato fries were lovely, crisp and hot.
My friend ordered the skirt steak (500g pre-smoked) with peppercorn sauce cooked medium rare and sweet potato fries. I found the steak to be quite chewy although he was happy with it. WE both said that the peppercorn sauce was extremely watery and didn’t have as much flavour as we expected it to have.
We shared a portion of onion rings, which were gloriously golden brown and crunchy. They were HUGE and defeated me as I was determined to finish the rest of my meal.
We skipped dessert as we just couldn’t fit any more in, next time I want to try the classic chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, which sounds divine.
My only sadness really at Reds is that they don’t do corn dogs, which I blooming love. If they did those, I would never leave!