Pulled pork sandwich at one of the most popular Chicago barbecue joints.

Eat Well at These Chicago Barbecue Joints

Are you a fan of barbecue? Ask around, and you’ll find that everyone you know has specific preferences when it comes to this culinary style. Some swear by a restaurant’s peppery and tangy sauces, while others will insist that their hometown restaurant serves the best baby back ribs in the world. That said, you and your friends won’t be able to resist the offerings at these Chicago barbecue joints. Regardless of your preferences, these restaurants will have you begging for more!

Lillie’s Q

At Lillie’s Q, each dish is made with “smotherly love”. Chef and founder Charlie McKenna grew up in South Carolina, where he learned the art of true Southern barbecue.

When Charlie opened his restaurant, he went all out to duplicate Southern barbecue dishes and to infuse unique twists on their regional flavors. The eatery is named after Charlie’s grandmother, and her famous banana pudding is on the menu.

The Bucktown neighborhood location offers a unique setting with wooden tables, meat hook light fixtures, and a four-foot copper moonshine still. The pitmasters use only the freshest ingredients. The cayenne pepper is from Memphis, while the vinegar comes from the Eastern United States. Barbecue selections include pulled pork, baby back ribs, and wagyu brisket. 

You can pair your meal with delicious sides like stone-ground grits, mac & cheese, and Southern-style coleslaw.

Honky Tonk BBQ

Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, Honky Tonk BBQ is a family-run, Memphis-style barbecue joint. All of the meats are smoked over wood, and the sauces are made fresh daily.

The restaurant is a live music destination, as well, with local bands performing nightly. Honky Tonk BBQ is open late six nights a week. On Saturdays, the restaurant closes at 3:00 a.m. Barbecue selections include smoked chicken, jumbo wings, hot links, and baby back ribs.

Chicago Q 

Since 2010, Chicago Q has offered Chicagoland residents an unparalleled barbecue experience. It serves award-winning cuisine as well as regional favorites from Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Head Chef Art Smith is an acclaimed celebrity chef who has cooked for many powerful dignitaries. He was also Oprah’s personal chef for more than a decade. Art’s restaurant features a Savannah-style dining room and live music performances throughout the month.

Barbecue selections include St. Louis ribs, pulled pork shoulder, and prime sliced brisket. Be sure to save room for the restaurant’s premier chocolate cake or cheesecake!

Find More Chicago Barbecue Joints

All in all, these Chicago barbecue joints offer plenty of value for barbecue lovers everywhere.

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