Red Gum BBQ
Come visit our amazing BBQ and beer hall - featuring our slow smoked loveliness and Southern delectables and craft beer from around Victoria. Not to mention the finest wines from across the Mornington Peninsula. OUR STORY In 2012, while on paternity leave with his son, Martin finally decided to make his dream a reality. After years of eating and enjoying BBQ in the US, which turned into a passion for slow cooking ribs, pulling pork and making homemade BBQ sauces for friends and family, Melissa came home to Martin declaring, "I want to open a BBQ restaurant. I've decided." And the seed of Red Gum was planted. After a year of designing, branding, planning and resourcing, Red Gum BBQ was officially launched in October of 2013 and with a 3x3 marquee and a trailer, winch and Texas offset smoker, Red Gum BBQ set out on the road and quickly became a regular at markets and events across the Mornington Peninsula. Over the summer of 2014, we teamed up with local cafe, Commonfolk Coffee and began Saturday Smoke; a night of Meat, Music & Merriment. A family-style, 3- course dinner with live bluegrass music, a selection of Peninsula brews, wines and ciders and general toe-tapping, knee-slapping festivity. The evenings gave us a taste of what we wanted our restaurant to be: a space that feels like a great dinner party with friends, where the food is made with love, the wine and beer, unique and plentiful and the sounds of music and laughter fill the room. In January of 2015, we brought our new 4 meter long trailer pit - Big Red - over from the US, continued pop ups, some really great Saturday Smoke events, catering and set up a permanent residence at the Red Hill Brewery. From there, we continued to define our brand and travel our path. Martin continued to source the best quality meat from around Victoria and to refine and expand our other offerings. Our following grew as Southern-style BBQ did across Australia and as people made their way South to eat with us. As 2016 came around, the search began for our own space. The time had come and we needed to find a space to call home. But before we could do that. A trip 'home' was in order so we embarked on the Southern Lovin BBQ Tour, 2016. We visited Melissa's family and friends across the South East US and Martin spent some quality time with Southern Soul BBQ on St Simon's Island. After 6 months and traversing some tricky waters, we found a home to call our own. Our 900 square meter former truck’s mechanics space has been painstakingly built and lovingly decorated to create the Red Gum BBQ home that is now Australia's largest craft beer and BBQ joint. Our home boasts a retail space selling second hand southern cookbooks, our sauces and the rest, a kids corner, live music where possible and all of the amazingly authentic, wood smoked meat you have come to know us for. 2017 was a year of magnificent growth for us and our restaurant was featured across outlets such as Broadsheet, Urban List, Herald Sun, Postcards, Real Living Magazine, Qantas Magazine and innumerable bloggers and social influencers. In March of 2018, Red Gum BBQ became a certified B Corp. We’re so excited about this.