The 20 Essential Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago
Chicago is far from the South but residents here know a thing or two about barbecue. From tender Texas brisket to succulent St. Louis ribs, Chicagoans have come close to perfecting various styles of smoked meats. To help narrow down the long list of places in the city to find finger-licking good ‘que, check out the following 20 pitmasters who have mastered the craft.
New additions to the list include Lexington Betty Smoke House, the Slab, and Full Slab.
7. Bub City
From the beer can American flag to the cowboy mannequin lurking in the women’s bathroom, Lettuce Entertain You’s barbecue restaurant pays homage to the South. The menu features the usual suspects, such as hot links, smoked wings, brisket, and baby back ribs. Don’t skip the fried chicken — dipped in buttermilk with secret spices— indulgent sides, or extensive whiskey collection either. Locations in River North and Rosemont have outdoor seating and offer carryout.