When your mantra is “Let There Be Meat”, you’re bound to have a dedicated following that earns you the reputation as one of the most talked-about American smokehouse joints in London. I’m well and truly a believer, having made many a pilgrimage to worship the holy trinity: meat, music, and top notch alcohol.
Before the feasting begins, line your stomach downstairs with 2 for 1 cocktails in the saloon-style bar. As a lover of cocktails with big flavour and simple ingredients, I like to keep it sweet with the refreshing Strawberry & Elderflower Martini: a straight-up mix of Tanqueray, fraise, elderflower, and apple. Red’s True BBQ also serves as a craft beer haven, with my favourite being the Legitimate Industries Election Fraud Session IPA: Mandarina Bavaria, Motueka, and Rakau hops coming together to create a tropical blend that gets my vote every time.
After the pre-drink, the main show kicks off in the restaurant, in the form of meat cooked low ’n’ slow for up to 22 hours. If you like to try a bit of everything, I suggest getting some good friends together for their iconic feasting tray: a starter of tortilla chips and chilli (PROPER chunks of beef, not cheap mince) followed by piles of saucy baby back ribs, smoked turkey, smoked sausage, sticky chicken, pulled pork, premium Black Angus brisket, and dry-rubbed St Louis ribs, lovingly injected with a slug of bourbon. Be prepared to have to sacrifice room for sides, the meat portions annihilate you in the most loving way possible.
Now, one could be offended by the blasphemy behind the connotations of worship but, in a world of fast food and instant gratification, you learn to appreciate the attention that goes into every smoke ring, every tender morsel, and every glistening, rub & glaze-encrusted coating. Red’s True BBQ is where they truly respect the food and you taste the reverence in every bite.
Red’s True BBQ is at 54 – 56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR.