There are 318 barbecue restaurants in Chicago. Feeling overwhelmed? MostBest knows the Top 3.
When you don’t mind getting a little messy and licking your fingers, these are the smoky spots you absolutely have to visit.
Whether you’re an occasional BBQ eater, or a hardcore addict, Smoque is like a low and slow paradise. Perfected, traditional cooking techniques work hand-in-hand with their own rubs and sauces, and the team at Smoque has worked tirelessly to find the right combinations of methods for seasoning and preparing each cut of meat.
It’s a BYOB establishment too—so don’t forget to bring a few cold ones to wash back the boldness of these slow-cooked dishes.
We Love Their: St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork Platter, Spicy Texas Sausage
Follow the street art entrance and discover Green Street Smoked Meats, a rustic but high-end joint with a vinyl record player bumping rock ‘n roll while they serve up some of the best darn barbecue in the city. They also serve some amazing cocktails, like the Black Gold and Gin Radler.
After your first bite, you already will be planning your next trip. Green Street is not to be missed.
We Love Their: Pulled Pork, Chopped Brisket Sandwich
Lillie’s has eight different sauces all the time, and a handful of limited edition releases, so you can get a completely new experience every visit. Our favorite is the E.N.C., easily one of the spiciest sauces we’ve come across. The meats are fall-off-the-bone tender and cooked to near perfection.
Lillie’s Q is a must-visit in Chicago.
We Love Their: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Baby Back Ribs, Whole Hog Dinner