A few weeks ago I made a trip to Reds True BBQ with my sister. I heard about this place through a programme on ITV called BBQ Champs. Now myself & my sister love a good burger and I also love ribs, so this was the perfect place for us to try one Friday night as we were heading out in Shoreditch that night away.
The menu is full of mouth-watering things, I recommend having a look at their menu online first to get a little idea of what you like, same with their drinks menu as well. On arrival to Reds we were greeted by a lovely member of staff & she explained how Reds worked, they cook everything hours before hand as all the meat is slow cooked, this means that some items may not be available when you arrive. Luckily for us the only thing not available was burnt ends.
We decided to get a drink while we looked over at the menu. I picked a fun cocktail as I was celebrating my one year youtube anniversary. It was hard to pick a cocktail as they had so many great ones. In the end I went for Raspberry Ripple, this is a blend of Vodka, Ice cream & frozen raspberries it was then topped with whipped cream. If you’re going to order this great I recommend stirring it every time before you drink it, the vodka settled to the bottom a little but apart from that the cocktail was great & very strong.
After we got our drinks we ordered our food I picked the Memphis Dry St Louis Ribs (Pork Spare Ribs), I had sweet potato fries & shared a piece of cornbread with my sister. I got half a rack of ribs an oh my when they came I was surprised, they had to be the biggest half rack I’ve ever seen. I chose to keep them dry but you can ask to have them wet (sauce added before being served). The meat was cooked so well that I could literally pull it off the bone, it was still really moist & juicy even though it had been slow cooked for hours. I’ve tried St Louis ribs elsewhere & Reds have to be the best I’ve had not just for quality but for size & price. My sweet potato fries where great as well. I tried a couple of Reds sauces they have, I tried there ketchup & one of the BBQ sauces, I have to say the ketchup was my favourite were as my sister favoured the BBQ sauce more. For half a rack of Memphis Dry St Louis Ribs & two humble sides cost £14.50.
My sister ordered the Classic Bacon Cheeseburger. You can double up with this burger & get to patties instead of one, my sister chose to stay with one & she had Skin-On Fries. She told me that the burger was really good & the bun was great. The only downside was the fact the burger was cooked medium, she told me that she would of liked to of been asked how she likes her burger cooked as she doesn’t like red meat that much but apart from that she really enjoyed it & now knows that in future to ask for it to be more well done. If you’re like my sister I would recommend you telling the waitress how you like your burger cooked in case it’s not done how you like. For a single Classic Bacon Cheeseburger with fries cost £8.95
Now I’m going to say something that a lot of Americans may hate but we decided to try the cornbread as we have never had it before & I have to say I was very disappointed with it both me & my sister said that it didn’t really have much taste to it & it also felt very stodgy like it wasn’t cooked right.
The décor in Reds is very run down burlesque joint back in the day, with the mismatched chandeliers, chipped wall paint & red signs all over the place. I loved the décor of Reds I thought the mismatched chandeliers was a great idea as it makes you look around the rest of the restaurant to see the others, which also made you look at what others had ordered. The guy’s next to us ordered the Donut Burger, yes you read that right DONUT BURGER. It looked great but also at the same looked like a challenge you would have seen on Man v Food back in the day.
Now on to the highlight of the night, our food was great an we were just going to get the bill till we had a little look at the dessert menu. We spotted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake this had to be the best dessert on the menu & we just had to try it. We decided to share a slice & we both wished after it came we ordered one each. The best thing about it was the fact it wasn’t an over powering peanut butter taste but it also wasn’t one where you couldn’t really taste it either. I have to say Reds got the balance just right with this dessert.
Overall Rating 8/10