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Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 USA

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Thu 11a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
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“Come try our Pulled Pork!”

Red State BBQ was founded in October 2010 by Scott Ahlschwede. An equine vet by profession, Texas native, and a darn good grill master in his own right, Scott simply wanted a place to have some good barbecue and a beer. As luck would have it he found the lovely Sunset Motel with the old Sunset Restaurant out in front. Ever since. people stopping at the little roadside BBQ joint on U.S. 25 have been able to enjoy brisket. ribs, chicken and pork on a daily basis along with all the great side dishes we have to offer.

As for the name? PeopIe often ask where the name Red State comes from. Truth be told it came about as an offhand comment between friends. While watching the election returns one night Scott turned to a friend and said, “You ever notice how all the good barbecue comes from the Red States?” And there the name was born.

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Reviewed by
daveknox

  • 5 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 1, 2014

Has the perfect "look" of a BBQ joint. Pulled Chicken was top notch, brisket was above average, and pulled pork was good but nothing stellar. Really good beer menu with lots of craft choices - including "summer beers" on special for $2.25 in the first week of August.

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Reviewed by
daveping

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 28, 2014

Very good bbq

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Reviewed by
Curt Rice

  • 49 Reviews
  • 32 Helpful
July 22, 2014

It sits right next to a motel that charges by the hour but don't let that deter you. They have the best BBQ in the area. If Cheers were set in a restaurant this place would be it. It definitely has its usuals and the staff never forget. Be sure to get the mac 'n' cheese.

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Reviewed by
Todd Mowbray

  • Road Warrior
  • 190 Reviews
  • 144 Helpful
May 30, 2014

Super delicious BBQ right off I75. I got the pulled pork and was not let down. Very friendly service as well and surprisingly a pretty nice beer selection.

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Reviewed by
John Lauck

  • 59 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
May 30, 2014

Excellent pulled pork, baked beans and selection of BBQ sauce! Worth the very short trip off I75.

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Reviewed by
ShelliKercher

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 10, 2016

Yummy!

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Reviewed by
turthepage0312

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2015

Absolutely some of the BEST smoked brisket I have ever had. The place was already packed by 4:30 this afternoon. I am glad I live hours away or I would need new clothes. The drive in off of I-75 S is beautiful.

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Reviewed by
whodey42

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 25, 2015

Great staff and even better BBQ. I'll be back for this one.

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Reviewed by
rdmerrell

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
February 19, 2015

Not too far off the highway and awesome service and BBQ!

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Reviewed by
Jeffrey Chandler

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 23, 2014

Not very far away from central Lexington, but it feels like it's in the boonies. Dimly lit on a curvy country road, the place is nothing to look at. But to me, that's a good thing.

This place doesn't try to be flashy or even what I would call "put together." It kind of feels like it's been cobbled together slowly over the years with mismatched everything, broken down booths and cracked windows. But—and I can't stress this enough—that's not why you're here.

The BBQ is probably the best I've ever had. I had the two-meat plate with brisket and pulled pork. They have 5 tasty sauces on the table, each with its own distinct flavor. The sides left a little to be desired, but I kicked myself for not just ordering the baked beans. Good local craft brews (cans and bottles).

The divey atmosphere, friendly servers and delicious BBQ culminates into a can't-miss Lexington location.

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Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd
Lexington, Kentucky
40511 USA

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Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Wed: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Street Parking
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  • Free Parking

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