“JUICY, SMOKY, FLAVOURSOME MEAT.”
For us BBQ is a way of life straight from the eleven Southern States of America or the barbecue belt as it’s known. We smoke and cook dishes from scratch every day to produce the best good honest barbecue in Manchester with home-made sides straight from the heart.
The Southern Eleven story begins in 2009. Working 80 hour weeks, I decided to take a short sabbatical. I found myself working in a BBQ house in Tennessee under the instruction of Dustin the pit boss, from him I learnt the art of smoking. Slow cooking great slabs of pork until the pinky smoke rings ran straight to the bone and strips of meat fell from it with ease. The brisket sliced so fine and so tender and the ribs juicy, meaty and full of flavour would be plonked on and a plastic plate and served to order. I had died and gone to heaven.
I immersed myself in BBQ taking small smokers home to the UK and practising on every type of meat I could get my hands on, treating each piece with love and affection, it was hand rubbed with herbs and spices, brined, spritzed with apple juice and slathered with sauce. My family enjoyed a BBQ feast night after night, the local salvation army even enjoyed some when there wasn’t enough people at home to eat it all. I felt ready so I applied to the Manchester Food and Drink festival, recruited family and friends to help and that was where Southern Eleven began. In the confines of a small tent amongst an array of different foods we served hundreds of people our slow smoked pulled pork, brisket and baby back ribs. It went down a storm and I’ve never looked back.