Barbecue nirvana can be found on the outskirts of Tallahassee near the intersection of Highway 90 and Crump Road at the Red Shed.
Located just up the road behind the Marathon gas station, the Red Shed is quickly earning a reputation among Tallahassee food nerds as a go-to spot for ‘cue. Wanting to see if the buzz was true, I loaded up the kiddos and headed to the shed.
Ribs, pulled pork, whole smoked wings (served sweet and spicy), and country sausage are all on the menu. Side options include potato salad, slaw, smoked mac ‘n cheese, baked beans and black beans with rice. The meats are all smoked behind the shed over hardwood by owner and pit master Mark, and all sides are made on site by the Red Shed Crew.
Mason, who has a burgeoning love of ribs, ordered the rib plate with slaw and beans for his sides. Scout wanted a pork sandwich, and when advised it was a gigantic portion, she guaranteed she could finish it. I followed suit and ordered one along with a side of smoked mac ‘n cheese.
While we waited for our food we sat at a high top underneath a tin roof and listened to a local artist strum tunes on a guitar. Other patrons sipped cold drinks (the Red Shed is BYOB) and enjoyed the sunny afternoon on an over-sized porch swing that hung from the rafters.
Our food arrived following a short wait. Mason’s rib plate was stacked high with tender ribs and a heap of sides. He eagerly tore into the ribs and handed me one so I could confirm they were in his words, “amazing.” The ribs were nicely barked with a smoke ring, super tender with a delicious smoked flavor. I tried to coax another off his plate, but by that time they were devoured.
Scout popped open the styrofoam box and a smile spread across her face. The sandwich required two hands to maneuver, and she took a huge bite. Pork spilled out from the side, and she gave an enthusiastic thumbs up while continuing to mow through the sandwich. Moist, tender, with a nice amount of bark and smokiness, I can confirm the pork is some of the finest in Tallahassee.
The sides were also top notch. Rather than being drenched in mayo, the slaw was lightly dressed. The beans were on point, but the star was the smoked mac ‘n cheese. Cheesy, smokey and creamy, I topped it with a bit of root beer barbecue sauce for a taste that was close to divine.
The Red Shed is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. For more information find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @Red_Shed_Tally.
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