Having tried Red’s, Rub Smokehouse and Red Dog Saloon, I can confidently conclude that Red’s is still the best and most authentic American-style smokehouse in Nottingham.
The glorious platter you see is “The BBQ Feast,” described as
Mountains of St. Louis ribs, baby back ribs, rib tips, burnt ends, Black Angus brisket, sticky chicken, smoked sausage and Red’s pulled pork.
Served with sweet potato cornbread, buttermilk slaw, giant onion rings, chopped salad, skin-on fries and a slug of bourbon each.
It costs £18.95 per person, and requires a minimum of four people in your party. This is my second time ordering it, and again there were ample leftovers to take home (likely more than what we ate!)
The stars of the platter were no doubt the beef brisket and long ribs. Flavourful, moist, and tender. The pulled pork was decent, but there was a mixture between dry and juicy bits throughout. The baby back ribs had a good, sweet flavour but weren’t as tender as I expected. My companion, however, described the onion rings as soggy and donut-like. I was really excited for the return of their sweet potato cornbread (they’d switched to an awful jalapeño flavour for a while), but sadly it wasn’t as tasty as I remembered.
If you’re looking to indulge in an authentic barbecue meat feast in Nottingham, you can’t miss Red’s. In a perfect world, though, they would start using Red Dog’s barbecue sauce recipe (’cause that was the truly best barbecue sauce I’ve tasted in my life).
Taste (out of 5):