8.15.2013

Dining Out Paleo: Red House BBQ

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo
    
Thursdays I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to a whole foods diet, opting for the freshest and most nutrient dense foods while avoiding grains, sugars, dairy, and soy to the best of my ability.  Unless informed otherwise, I always assume that the restaurant uses vegetable/canola oils for cooking.

This Texas girl has officially found her surrogate BBQ heaven in the little mountain town of Tehachapi, California.  Red House BBQ could easily be situated on one of the dusty back roads between my alma mater and the big city and would be just as packed, if not more, than in its current location in Kern County, California.   


Red House BBQ is located in a big red barn-like structure at the east end of downtown Tehachapi.  The menu is simple and comprised of some of the best dang BBQ that's ever melted across my tongue.  Ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, and even catfish if that's your thing.  Meat plates, meat in a salad, meat in a giant Indian Fry Bread taco.  No matter how it's served, the meat at Red House is smoky and melts in my mouth just as I would expect good BBQ to do.  Side dishes are the standard BBQ house fare: side salads, spicy chili, mac & cheese, potato salad, and a very tasty crispy red coleslaw to name a few.

My most recent Red House BBQ lunch was a brisket topped salad.  A hearty portion of Red House's perfectly tender brisket, with its smoky deliciousness layered on a giant bowl of fresh salad ingredients.  Lettuce, carrots, onions, peperoncini, cucumber, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and bacon... there was hardly any room left for the meat!  It couldn't get any more perfectly Paleo than this gargantuan bowl of meat and veggies...


The taste verdict?  Crazy amazing!  I couldn't even finish all of it, there was so much flavor and food packed into that bowl.  Each salad comes with a choice of salad dressing and regular or spicy BBQ sauce.  My sentiment is that there is enough moisture and flavor in the brisket and vegetables that the dressing is hardly necessary.  Red House has delicious BBQ sauce, but if you're completely avoiding sugars merely take a taste and then move on.

Red House BBQ is absolutely worth the drive from our house and I'd even make the trek if I was still in LA.  Good BBQ is hard to find and for now, my search is over.  Even Volt likes it here.  He's especially fond of the warning sign out by the smoker!  I can see why.






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