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The first London outpost of a chain started in Leeds, this isn't just any old rib and burger joint – it's a veritable church of meat. An evangelical theme pervades the marketing material, menus and decor, but ignore all the talk about 'places of worship' and 'pilgrimages' and head straight for the 'low and slow' star turn – the pit burger (a gargantuan stack of two steak patties and other meaty stuff held together by cheese and a terrific homemade sauce). On the side, we'd suggest choosing Red's crisp, well-spiced onion rings rather than the (sometimes) under-seasoned chips. BBQ plates are also a must – especially the wonderfully flavoursome brisket and pulled pork with slaw. Portions are huge, so maybe skip starters and plump for pud – the chocolate and peanut-butter cheesecake is moreishly good, as are the shakes. In short, this is dude food done well.

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Red's True Barbecue London

Red's True Barbecue London

54-56 Great Eastern Street ,London EC2A 3QR

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Get ready for the meat sweats!

by   gold reviewer (49)

Apr 2016

Editor's pick This joint is bringing the deep south meets rock music - Black Stone Cherry the band - to Shoreditch. Underneath is a bar (which is also packed with tables, so it is possible to eat down there) that has a decent selection of international beers both draft and bottled and a fairly innovative cocktail list. Sadly, it is almost impossible to detect whether or not they actually put any booze in them as the measures are really stingy. They were preparing for a live band to play (which I didn't...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Samphire and Salsify :: Red's True BBQ, Shoreditch | Samphire and Salsify

    With two Red’s True BBQ in Leeds and another in Manchester and Nottingham, the chaps behind this Texas inspired BBQ joint seem to have taken the North by storm. Now residing in the old Casa Negra site in Shoreditch (opposite Merchants Tavern) they are hoping to become the ‘go-to brand for authentic barbecue in the UK’.

    To be fair, we visited on the their fourth official day of opening so the inevitable teething problems were present but it was the food that really let everything down. The menu is alarmingly huge, almost as big as the dining room, and utterly confusing...
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    The Blog About Nothing... in London! :: The Blog About Nothing... in London!: Barbecue London Style

    The other day I went out with my University mates to catch up over a couple beers and some bites. We ended in Red’s True Barbecue in Shoreditch. The place brings true barbecue to London, low and slows smoked prime cuts, and flavours from Carolina to Texas.

    Place is noisy with dimmed lights and smells of smoked meats. We went with the BBQ Feast and washed it down with lone star beers. Flavours were ok but can’t say they are close to the original American barbecue. Meat was a bit dry, there were a couple highs like the cheese and jalapeno sausage and the burnt ends but also some lows like most of the ribs.

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    The Picky Glutton :: Red's True Barbecue review - the North brings US BBQ to Shoreditch | The Picky Glutton

    Thanks to restaurants, I now detest the word ‘concept’. In restaurant management and public relations speak, ‘concept’ generally refers to the restaurant’s overall feel from cuisine and service style to atmosphere. Unfortunately, the word has now, in many cases, devolved to simply mean ‘gimmick’. Far too many restaurants and their public relations staff now fall over themselves banging on about their often nauseating, deeply superficial ‘concepts’.

    The ‘concept’ at Red’s True Barbecue, a mini-chain from up North, should be simple enough – slow-smoked American-style barbecue served in a casual environment...
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