It’s true that cities like Kansas City and Memphis are best known for barbecue. But some southern transplants and barbecue aficionados have brought great barbecue to Illinois. Here are ten of the best barbecue places in Illinois:
1. 17th Street Barbecue (Murphysboro)
This place has won all of the accolades you can get, consistently getting voted into the top ten barbecue places in the COUNTRY. Anything is good, but before you even look at the menu, try the ribs. Seriously.
2. Black Dog Smoke and Ale House (Urbana)
Who would have thought that some of Illinois' best barbecue would be in central Illinois, but is most certainly is. People rave about the burnt ends (if you don't know what those are...I just don't even). Many things sell out pretty much when the place opens. In other words, drive down to Urbana immediately.
3. Chicago q (Chicago)
This place is billed as "not your ordinary barbecue joint" because an actual chef is running this place. But don't let the fancy space fool you. She whipped Bobby Flay's butt with her pulled pork recipe. Yeah, they're that good.
4. Pat's BBQ (Murphysboro)
Man, Murphysboro is Illinois' BBQ capital or something. Something about Pat's: they're THREE time world champions. Try the prime rib. Also, FYI: they only take cash or checks.
5. Hog Wild (Midlothian)
See these pork chops? They're award winning. And so is the sauce--voted best homemade BBQ sauce in all of Chicago.
6. Pauly's BBQ (Arthur)
When coming down to tour Arthur, make sure you stop here. They're known for the pulled pork and ribs, but they've got plenty on the menu to make any BBQ enthusiast happy.
7. Smokin' T's Barbecue (Long Grove)
The package is prettier than you'd find at most places, but don't let that fool ya--it's just really delicious BBQ.
8. Dickey's Barbecue Pit (Wheaton)
Dickey's is Texas-based and been serving up their brand of barbecue since 1941. Not only is the meat tender, but you get complimentary pickles and ice cream. I'm not joking.
9. South Moon BBQ (Hinckley)
These guys are serving up Southern style BBQ alongside some fabulous craft beers. They list their GM as Porkchop so what does that tell ya?
10. Smokin' Coop BBQ Pit (Belvidere)
These guys are serving up delicious BBQ in a laid-back atmosphere. Hang out on the tire swing while they get your order ready. FYI: cash only.
What is your favorite barbecue joint in Illinois? Be sure to let us know in the comments.