BBQ in Manchester: Trying Red’s True Barbecue

Sun’s out (for two weekends in a row, yay!) and that means that everyone wants to enjoy a BBQ and get out of the house. We loved making barbecue back when we were in FL, but living in a flat in Manchester isn’t really ideal when you want a grill (unless you’re one of those incredibly blessed people with a big terrace, in that case, I’m SO jealous!) so this time, we had to get out BBQ fix somewhere else.

We got a table by the window, so that’s like being outside, right?

We’ve been eyeing this place for a long time. Every opportunity we walked by Albert Sq I reminded Gabs “we need to try this restaurant” so this time we finally did.

The smell of barbecue greets you as soon as you step in which, to me, is a great thing; and you can see the grills and the kitchen from the seating area, which also makes the experience quite cool.  But we’re here for the food, so let’s see what we had.

We started with some well loved halloumi fries, which we devoured because: a. We were incredibly hungry, and b. They were extra delicious. They came with a sauce that brought the best out of them, and we finished them in less than 5 minutes.

Red's True BBQ, Manchester

Black Angus Brisket & Burnt Ends: Black Angus brisket and thrice smoked Burnt Ends with sliced white onion, pickles, sliced fresh jalapeños and Texas Toast.

Everything on the Barbecue trays section sounded fantastic, so we decided to order two of those and share the meats so we could both try more things from the menu.

I picked this spectacular brisket tray and loved every single bite of it. The brisket itself was perfect, and you could combine it with any of the BBQ sauces they provide you with (you have a selection of three traditional barbecue sauces and a spicy one, and each of them has a note suggesting the best meat/food to pair it with).

G, of course, loved the peppers and jalapeño bits on top of his. The sides were also brilliant. I’m always a fan of sweet potato fries, and a huge crunchy onion ring is an absolute winner in my book too.

Red's True BBQ, Manchester

Baby Backs & Wings: 1/2 rack of Baby Back ribs and 3 Buffalo chicken wings.

The other half decided to pick the ribs and wings tray, which was equally delicious. The ribs were nice and tender, as you’d expect, and meat was falling off the bone the second you pinched them with your fork. Lots of flavour in every bite!

The chicken wings were also nice, just a classic trio of buffalo chicken wings. As a side Gabs ordered regular skin on fries and some buttermilk slaw, both as good as you’d expect them to be.

We didn’t have room for dessert by this point, so we decided to ask for the bill and call it a day this time.

Overall, our experience was fantastic. Food was incredibly flavourful, and the prices weren’t too crazy, specially considering the amount and quality of food you get on each tray. I’ll surely be coming back to Red’s True Barbecue for some more meaty goodness, but I want to know your thoughts. What’s your favourite place to get some barbecue in Manchester? Do you prefer to make it yourself over some beers or do you enjoy going out and getting your fix of meats? Let me know in the comments!

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If you want more meaty goodness, check this fantastic pancake stack with pork belly I had for brunch.

That’s it for today, guys. Thank you for reading me!






  1. May 21, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I absolutely love Reds! Can’t believe you’ve only just tried it! I remember going to the original in Leeds as a student 🙂

    • Michelle
      May 27, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      I can’t believe it either, such a good place!

  2. May 19, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    This looks so good! Funny as I actually said just yesterday that I’d love to go back to Red’s soon – I went shortly after it opened so it’s been a while but I love BBQ done right!

    • Michelle
      May 19, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Funny how things align like that, right? I loved their BBQ. Any other recommendations in Manchester, Katie?

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