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Red’s Newcastle Launch Party

Red’s True Barbecue

Red’s True Barbecue restaurant laid down the gauntlet to hungry locals this Friday, free barbecue until its smokers run empty!

The authentic American barbecue restaurant opened at Intu Eldon Square, hosting an epic launch party on Friday 18th November with the promise of free BBQ food.

The award-winning smokehouse created a big stir on its Facebook page with more than 1,200 people committing to turn up to feast on low and slow smoked food.  Those who were lucky enough to gain a seat earned a choice of smoked meats and sides, as well as a beer or glass wine, at no cost!

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The event was amazing and a huge crowd had gathered for some of Red’s award winning food.  We were lucky enough here at Nights Out In Newcastle to have one of the hottest tickets in town with a bloggers press pass to their big night.

Beating the queue we soaked in the atmosphere and sank a few delicious Pistonhead beers.  

The place was really buzzing and it was great to see Red’s founders James Douglas and Scott Munro giving out freebies to the waiting crowd.   They were getting the party going and it was fab to see their passion for bringing Red’s True Barbecues message to Newcastle.    

Red’s opened their first outlet in Leeds in 2012 and now have a host of others in Headingley, Manchester, Nottingham, Shoreditch, Liverpool and Sheffield.   They have an epic following and a legion of fans, describing them as “believers” who can “worship at their church of BBQ”.

James and Scott certainly got the party started and the crowd tipped up in excitement for the feast that awaited them.  

Joining in the party mood we decided to see if we would become “believers” and try out a few of Red’s awesome cocktails.  We went for a round of Blood Orange Spritz.  

These bad boys really hit the mark,  packing a decent booze fuelled citrus punch.

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For food we went for “The Feast“.  

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 was a great tray of food and a meat lovers paradise.  A real surprise of the day was the cornbread, with a hint of Jalapeño.  I could have ate a tray of these alone.  The sticky BBQ ribs and burnt ends were absolutely packed with flavour.  Another pleasant surprise was the Mac-N-Cheese Ball, a deep fried ball of beauty with a nacho crumb and served with pickle back BBQ dipper. 

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Their sauces were amazing, coming in a huge range of flavours, authentic and smoky.  My favourite was the fiery Triple 6 Hot Sauce.  

In the interest of neutrality we also went for a Red’s Bean Burger.  Red kidney and black beans, chipotle, crispy sweet potato, caramelised onions, smoked tomato, avocado, mayo and melted cheese.  This was mouth-watering and the avocado and caramelised onions really complimented this a delicious meat-free alternative.

The food was excellent and we have to take our hats off to the staff for an amazing job feeding all those ravenous people!  It was a feet of epic proportions and really took some doing.  

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Red’s staff made it a great night with great food and service…


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Great job everyone.  Staff taking a well deserved rest after feeding the thousands!

Well fed and watered we had a great meal and could not eat another thing!

But the big question was “Were we now believers”? 

Safe to say a big “Hell yes!“, we’d definitely come back and recommend Red’s True Barbecue for a great night out in Newcastle.

And while we didn’t drink the cool-aid but we certainly did sink a couple of Strawberry Daiquiris in the bar with Scott and the crowd.  

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With the celebrations in full flow down by the bar there was some great live music and the party atmosphere carried on late into the night.  It was an epic opening and a great night out in Newcastle.  Red’s is an exciting addition to Newcastle’s thriving restaurant scene and we cannot wait to see what else they will do.

We’d definitely recommend Red’s True Barbecue for great food, drinks and atmosphere.  

If you would like to learn more about Red’s you can follow them on Facebook here




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