The Best Chicago BBQ Places to Visit This Summer

August 12th, 2019 by

Best BBQ Chicago

Delectable, mouthwatering BBQ is always just around the corner here in Chicago. We’ve put together this list of the top Chicago BBQ joints to visit this summer, so you know exactly where to find that next meal you’ll fall in love with.

Chicago q

Chicago qSince opening in 2010, Chicago q has used high-quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs in a Savannah-style dining room to create that unique Southern feel. The fare is complemented well with the rare and exclusive bourbons, making this BBQ restaurant the kind of place where you can relax and enjoy the ambiance.

If you’re looking to try all the meats, you can do just that with a combo. The Flight is a perfect way to test out the pulled chicken, pulled pork, and chopped brisket. Pitmaster Art Smith works dutifully to create a menu that caters to everyone’s taste buds.

Our pro tip: Stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday for a great deal on tacos and cocktails. The brisket tacos are a must-try.

Green Street Smoked Meats

Down a brick-paved alley in the West Loop, you’ll find Green Street Smoked Meats, with central Texas-inspired BBQ served up at the counter in a warehouse-style restaurant. It feels like a true backyard BBQ, with options including brisket, beef short ribs, and chicken legs, along with pork belly and smoked salmon.

The side dishes play the sidekick role well, too, from the savory potato salad to the sweet and nutty broccoli salad to the popular Frito pie. Both the chopped brisket and pulled pork sandwiches pack in your favorite meat between a soft, fresh roll, though you can opt to purchase meat by the half-pound.

The drink menu is constantly being refreshed, with about 16 beers on draft at any given time, plus a selection of lively cocktails.


SmoqueSmoque was started by five guys who happened to be passionate about food and BBQ. The natural flavors of the meat and the savory flavor of the hardwood smoke pair up to make Smoque a unique destination for BBQ. The proprietary sauces are created from scratch each day, and the same goes for all the sides, too.

Whether you’re stopping in for a bite at the original Northwest side location or the Loop location at Revival Food Hall, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy the brisket or pork a la carte, or make it a meal with slaw and a side.

Full and half slabs of ribs are available, including St. Louis style. Dessert is a must-have, too, so make room for the aromatic peach cobbler or pecan bread pudding with a silky smooth bourbon caramel sauce.

See What Chicago’s Best BBQ Spots Have to Offer

It’s not a great summer day until you’ve checked out the best BBQ places in the Chicago area. Of course, these spots are welcoming year-round, so be sure to check them out even when the temperature drops.

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