Not at all pretty, but pretty tasty.
The Truck: Red Square BBQ, found Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Red Square on UW Campus.


UW's Red Square BBQ Makes You Crave Summer

Not at all pretty, but pretty tasty.
The Truck: Red Square BBQ, found Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Red Square on UW Campus.

The Fare: Barbeque, barbeque, barbeque.

The Stop: On the edge of the University of Washington's Red Square sits a pod of food trucks attached to ever-present lines of hungry students who are fueling up before heading to their next class.

It's a quick, somewhat frenzied process: preoccupied students, usually texting or shuffling through a pile of scary looking flash cards, wait in line, order their food, and stuff their faces. They weave through other crowds of students on the slippery field of bricks that has become notorious for tripping overly-heeled students on rainy days.

Red Square BBQ is exactly what its name implies: barbecued food, served up in Red Square.

You'd think that the U-District, home to the UW, a school with around 40,000 students, would have hoards of food trucks within its limits. But it doesn't. Some of Seattle's food truckies have told me they've looked into parking in the U-District, but renting out space just seems too expensive.

Here's the not-so-secret secret: Red Square BBQ can afford to park in the U-District because it's one of the five nationally acclaimed trucks run by the the UW's Housing & Food Services (HFS).

Thankfully, this truck doesn't serve up the typical school cafeteria mystery slop.

Barbecue sandwiches with smoked meat and savory sauces, sliders, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and fruit pies are all on the menu. These summery items remind students of warm, summer days fit for lounging and grilling. The homemade sauces, which drench most of the menu items, come in three mouth-watering styles: the House sauce, the spicy sauce, and the Carolina mustard sauce.

I went with an order of pork tips and a side of macaroni and cheese, two things that the lady taking my order said were the most popular. My half-pound order of slow-cooked pork tips came bathed in the truck's tangy and sweet House barbecue sauce. It looked suspiciously like the aforementioned mystery slop. But what it lacked in presentation (I mean, who really judges barbecued goodness on presentation, anyway), it made up in taste. The pork was so soft that it came apart with just a gentle prod from my compostable fork. The generous side of macaroni and cheese was also a bit sorry looking. It seemed that the macaroni and cheese lacked enough cheese. A shame, as the noodles that were lucky enough to be graced by the presence of the cheesy sauce weren't half bad. But I can't complain too much, because this hefty meal only cost $5, a screamin' deal.

If you wind up on campus and find yourself craving some good ole' BBQ, be warned that you can pay one of two ways: by using your plastic cards (no cash, only credit or debit), or by begging a UW student with a dining plan to buy you your meal.

Stay tuned for next week's Truck Stop, which will be about another UW food truck. I'll be checking out Curbside 8, which serves up comfort food.

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