The founders of Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ, Nick Mauldin and his parents, Marie and William “Redd” Mauldin moved from South Carolina to Carlisle in 2006 after Marie’s former management job took them around the country. In 2009, the Mauldin’s saw the need to provide good tasting southern style BBQ in Central PA, by serving take-out style at 728 N. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA. The original location was comprised of a white trailer on wheels, two plastic umbrella topped tables and a shed outfitted with two smokers, each fueled on applewood.
Redd’s quickly developed a base of loyal customers at its roadside stand and they insisted the Mauldin’s open a restaurant with tables and indoor seating. Nick and his parents did just that on May 12, 2010 at 109 N. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA. Nick has frequently been heard saying “We’re geared around originality. We saw the need because there was an absence of our style of cooking, which is hard to come by”.
All the recipes used in the restaurant are family recipes, including Nick’s great-grandmother’s coleslaw recipe. Redd’s – named after the late William Mauldin, was his nickname when growing up as he had a full head of red hair.
Shortly after Redd’s passing, Nick found himself managing not only the kitchen and restaurant, but also taking care of all other aspects of the business. He quickly found this was not a passion of his. Nick eventually mentioned to his accountant at the time, Brent Burger, that he was searching for a partner to help with the business-related parts of the restaurant so that he could focus on what he loved doing the most: being in the kitchen.
Brent immediately jumped at the chance of becoming Nick’s partner because he knew what the Mauldin’s had built the past 11 years was remarkable and that he could provide Nick with what he needed in order to move Redd’s to the next level. Brent became part owner of Redd’s with Nick Mauldin In January 2019, and together they began the next chapter of Redd’s story.
If you like real BBQ, you should give Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ a try! They have delicious BBQ at a comparatively inexpensive price and are committed to providing quality, homemade meals.
At Redd’s they understand the smoking process and smoke their meats daily.
Their meals are made even more delicious with family recipes including their own homemade rub, honey mustard BBQ and ketchup based BBQ sauces. They have the ability to cater your special parties and accommodate large to-go orders.