Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Red's True Barbecue Manchester

As you may have guessed by now, we love our food at Average Joes. But more than that, we love a BBQ. Which is why our ears have been burning about new Manchester smokehouse Red’s True Barbecue, and we’ve heard good things.

‘Let there be meat!’ is their moto. The restaurant prides itself on BBQ from the Southern states of America and claims to be “one of the only authentic low and slow American BBQ’s in the country.” It achieves this authentic smokey goodness through their industrial Lithuanian smoker named ‘Walter’.

The food looks great on paper. All your usual suspects are served with beef brisket, pulled pork and wings all on the menu. And, of course, every combination of stacked burger you could dream of. The meats are rubbed for 24 hours and then slowly cooked on a low heat in Walter. They have a selection of regional sauces ranging from Kansas to North Carolina, to South Carolina and sides include mac n’ cheese, onion rings and fries. There’s also a selection of American lagers and light beers.

The attention to detail in the branding looks impressive. Sauces, for example, are made in house and labelled in accordance with the menus and logos. The detail in the decor is also interesting with baseball cages installed into the main dining room. The decor looks very busy (as you would expect from any authentic smokehouse in the South). There’s plenty of US bar advertising and £40,000 alone was spent on neon lights!


Expanding from the success of their other Red’s premises in Leeds, owners James Douglas and Scott Munro took over the vacant 6,000 sq ft. Livebait building in Albert Square and opened in February earlier this year. They’re hoping to build on the success of the Yorkshire neighbour where midweek trade in the surrounding bars increased by 20% after the smokehouse opened in February 2012. Leeds certainly likes it anyway!

Smokehouses are very much the ‘in-thing’ at the moment and it’s easy to get it wrong. But we reckon Red’s looks the real deal. Enjoy, Manchester.

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