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Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Tue 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Public
    Restrooms

“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 01, 2014
Rated 4.0

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

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Curt Rice

  • 49 Reviews
  • 32 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

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
  • 187 Reviews
  • 142 Helpful
May 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
John Lauck

  • 60 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
Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,280 Reviews
  • 420 Helpful
July 04, 2017
Rated 5.0

Was unsure if this place was either gonna be "awesome!" or "awesome... for being in the middle of nowhere." Thankfully it was just plain awesome. Great brisket and pork, wide selection of sauces (6 varieties, the Kentucky bourbon and NC vinegar were my favorites) and insane beer cheese grits. Perfect roadside BBQ joint atmosphere too!

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Reviewed by
josiemaria1

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

BBQ sauces are great and I tend to be picky about sauce. Also the fresh cut fries and vinegar sauce were super! Will be stopping back on our way back through.

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Reviewed by
ShelliKercher

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

Yummy!

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Reviewed by
turthepage0312

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2015
Rated 5.0

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
Rated 4.0

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

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Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd
Lexington, Kentucky
40511 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Wed: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
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  • Public Restrooms
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