2019 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago Area

Top BBQ Joints
in Chicago

The meaning of the term "barbecue" changes from one part of the country to another. From Texas to Kansas City and across the Southeast, barbecue means well-seasoned meat cooked "low and slow" over wood until it develops a pink "smoke ring." Memphis barbecue is especially known for its rubs. Texas prefers beef for barbecue, and pork is the basis of barbecue in the Southeast. Sauces and sides vary widely, too.

Whatever your pleasure, try one of GAYOT's Top Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago, presented in alphabetical order.

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14/20
Renowned pit mistress Lee Ann Whippen’s Gold Coast digs prove barbecue has officially gone glam. See More

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The Fireplace Inn
11/20
Tried and true, this cozy rib joint is one of the city’s most popular spots for barbecue. See More

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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
12/20
Two words sum up everything you need to know about Jake Melnick's: hot wings. See More
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Lillie's Q
QB
A serious barbecue chef brings tried and true family dishes and recipes to Bucktown. See More
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The Patio
QB
Baby-back ribs star at this southwest suburban restaurant with numerous area outposts. See More
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Robinson's No. 1 Ribs
QB
Winning rib joint in the West Suburbs with a tongue-tingling hot sauce. See More
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Smoke Daddy
14/20
A mainstay for barbecue and live music since 1994. See More
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Smoque BBQ
QB
Come as you are --- and bring the kids --- to this down-home barbecue pit. See More
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Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern
12/20
One of the city’s most steadfast --- and beloved --- barbecue joints, once frequented by Frank Sinatra. See More
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Uncle Bub’s
QB
Serious suburban smoke shack puts on a mean pig roast. See More
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