The 13 Best Barbecue Joints in Chicago, According to Top Pitmasters
The basics: As the first location to announce the return of a large-scale local music festival with this summer’s annual Windy City Smokeout, this country-fried Lettuce Entertain You’s Bub City staple is helping ease us back into normal life—that’s if normal life involves absurd amounts of BBQ goodness. Stock up on backyard cookout bliss like hickory smoked chicken wings, dreamy baby back ribs, brisket-topped nachos, and waffle fries loaded with pulled pork and molten hot cheese, then wash it all down with a bottle of single barrel bourbon or a refreshing tropical cocktail from neighboring tiki icon Three Dots and a Dash.
What the pitmasters say: “There’s a real interest and initiative by Chicago pitmasters and chefs to emulate the traditions of other regions and make these methods and techniques their own,” says Manion, nodding to Bub City’s eclectic spread. “It feels like there’s a freedom to inject some of what makes Chicago such a dynamic cooking scene into the ‘cue. And while the end results sometimes deviate from regional purity, they tend to be freewheeling, fresh, and innovative.”
How to book: Reserve via Tock or order take-out and delivery via ChowNow, GrubHub, Caviar, and PostMates.
28 Chicago Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
River North’s top BBQ slinger is back in action this Thanksgiving, dishing up a slow-and-low take-out experience fit for a country fried king. Hickory smoked turkey, served whole or as a half portion, rides in on its trusty steed, followed by a herd of celery and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn spoonbread, cranberry sauce, and more, purchased as a unit or a la carte. Spice things up with add-ons like peanut butter chocolate pie, a hot buttered rum cocktail kit, or, get this, curated whiskey bundles. Yee-haw, indeed.
Cost: Baseline packages range from $95 to $275 (feeds two to eight)
How to order: Saddle up and trot on over to Tock by November 25 to grab your grub and schedule a November 26 pick-up slot