OK this is REALLY off topic but from time to time I will do unconventional things like post a Bar-b-que critique.
So here goes nothing.....If you ever find yourself in the Lexington Kentucky area and you are a fan of Bar-b-que, do yourself a favour and stop by Red State Barbecue. They are located @ 4020 Georgetown Rd. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky, 40511. First thing I will tell you is that yes it looks kinda like the proverbial hole-in-the-wall restaurant and I don't mean that in any derogatory manner what so ever. That is actually a compliment. These are good folks making some great Barbecue. They have several sauces which are made in house and each one is very good. I am told that the current owners wife is originally from North Carolina and it was her recipe used for the NC sauce. I can assure you 100% that the NC vinegar sauce is Authentic NC barbecue sauce and it is very good. There is, of course the standards hot and sweet, and there's even a SC mustard based sauce that will remind those who know, of Maurices around Columbia S.C. but then there's their own Kentucky Small Batch. WOW what a great sauce! The next time I'm in the area I will be taking some containers and bringing some back. Simple as that!
So we tried the pulled pork, the brisket and the twice smoked brisket. Of the three my favourite was the pulled pork but if you're a brisket fan you're probably going to be pretty happy. If you like yours lean, order the the brisket. If you like it on the fatty side then you'll want the Double Smoked Brisket. Great flavour on both. As for the sides, we sampled the baked beans, the Mac-n- Cheese and the fries. You cannot go wrong with any of these. All were outstanding, the fries are skin on and delicious, the baked beans had a great smokey, brown sugar sweet flavour and of course contained bits of barbecue, great flavour. The Mac-n-Cheese? Well, try it you'll see! The last thing I want to cover is that the staff of this fine establishment were very friendly, helpful, and very welcoming. No pretentiousness, no B.S. just good folks serving some great barbecue. The other thing I'd like to cover is the prices, the pricing for what you get is very reasonable. Plates run in the range of $8-$16. Of course a whole rack of ribs is gonna cost you but you knew that.
I've included a link to their menu below.