It’s Memorial Day weekend! That means summer is right around the corner, and folks all around Chicagoland are firing up their grills, marinating veggies, steaks and chicken and anything else they can drench in sweet, tangy sauce.


But where in Chicago do you go to get the best barbecued meals? CultureMob’s got the inside scoop:

Smoque BBQ (North Side)
3800 N. Pulaski

You know who likes Smoque BBQ in Chicago? The Food Network! Smoque was toured by the first winner of The Next Food Network Star, Guy Fieri, on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Because Smoque wants to focus solely on the scrumptious food, the restaurant is BYOB. But that means that all attention is given to the best barbecue in the Midwest!

Ribs n’ Bibs (Hyde Park/UIC)
5300 S. Dorchester Ave

Students of the University of Illinois at Chicago flock to this family-friendly establishment for some of the best barbecued ribs in Chicago. While there is no dining area inside, there is a bit of outdoor seating available. But come early! Ribs n’ Bibs may cook up plenty of grub to feed 100 families, but you’ll want to come early to grab a seat!

Honky Tonk Barbecue (South Side)
1213 W. 18th Street

Featured on the hit TV show Check Please!, Honky Tonk Barbecue provides award-winning eats that even a true Southerner would love. Taking away several awards from a cooking competition in Memphis, this place serves up meals that offer a taste of summer all year long.

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