Back when I was 14, I was introduced to BBQ over in the US of A.
I am talking about the real, juicy, perfectly cooked, never forget type of BBQ that blows your mind and leaves you never wanting to eat anything else.
Ever since that memorable experience across the pond, I have been searching for somewhere in Europe that can match up. Despite consuming plenty of fantastic BBQ across Britain, and one bloody good attempt in Spain, I have never had a meal that replicates that original American BBQ baptism.
Red's True Barbecue in Manchester has been in my crosshairs for almost a year but my wife and I don't head into town that often.
Tonight we ventured out into the big city and decided to have dinner.
Red's was the immediate choice.
The restaurant sets the BBQ scene perfectly, with exposed brick, chain-link fence, leather booths and a smoky open kitchen. I was fully in my element and the wafts of charcoal made me feel like that 14 year old version of myself.
What followed was the most incredible meal I have had, bar none.
Red's serves my favourite type of food and does it better than anywhere else outside of the States.
The meat was clearly handled with love and had a deep and satisfying flavour. Tender, moist, juicy... my mouth is watering from the very thought of it.
I will let the pictures do the talking.
Honey Berry Smash & Mississippi Mud Brownie Malt:
Tender Beef Ribs glazed in Unholy BBQ Sauce with Sweet Potato Fries and Giant Onion Rings.
The Sleepy James:
Two Southern Fried Chicken Breasts in Waffles served with Peppered Bacon, Shredded Lettuce, Burger Cheese, Slaw, Ranch Dressing and Sweet Potato Fries.
Simply put, the guys at Red's are doing it right. BBQ heaven in the perfect venue and with food that delivers.
Unholy BBQ cow Batman!