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Smoque BBQ’s food is perfect for the summer barbecue season.  Smoque (pronounced like “smoke’’) is one of the hottest restaurants for the best barbecue in Chicago.  Smoque has been raved about on the Food Network with Guy Fieri and in Zagat’s, the classic food review guide. The North Side eatery has added to the great reputation Chicago has for tasty barbecue.  It’s easy to see why Smoque has fans in Chicago and nationwide with their mouth watering dishes.

Smoque is so serious about barbecue, they even have a manifesto about it. The restaurant’s website asserts that their ribs that are always a mixture of tough and fall-off-the bone tenderness and fight against “artificial resaucitation’’, barbeque sauce that overpowers the meat. Smoque’s sauces are unique and to each dish and created from scratch by Smoque’s expert staff. The ribs, chicken, and brisket each have their own unique sauce that compliment each meat perfectly, so it’s not one sauce fits all.

They emphasize the meat is that star of barbeque, not the sauce. Ribs are made with a Memphis dry rub and offer St. Louis –style ribs, but the barbecue is still popular in Chicago.  The ribs are the perfect mix of tough and tender. The brisket is smoked to perfection after 14 hours for a tender, tangy taste. The smoked chicken, pulled pork, and Texas sausage are also part of Smoque’s menu of moist, delectable meals. For side dishes, there’s salad with Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, and onions. For more typical sides for barbeque, there’s creamy macaroni and cheese, cole slaw with a vinaigrette dressing, barbecue beans, peach cobbler, and cornbread.

Smoque’s interior is as cozy and down home as the barbecue. The place is usually packed, but the lines move fast and the food is worth the wait. Though the tables are close together cafeteria-style, it’s not too crowded.  The restaurant is BYOB and the polite servers will accommodate customers well. Families are welcome and there’s a kids’ menu available. Kids can have mini-brisket and pulled pork sandwiches along with macaroni and cheese.  If diners can’t make it to Smoque or want to bring the food home, there’s catering available, too. The restaurant will bring their SmoqueParties and their signature barbecue to customers’ homes.

Smoque is one of the premier restaurants for authentic barbecue and diners will not be disappointed with the dishes. For lovers of barbecue, this is the perfect summer hangout. The excellent meals keep customers coming back for more. Smoque proves that southern-style barbeque can travel well and has found a home in Chicago.




3800 N Pulaski Rd

Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427



Tuesday-Thursday: 11 AM- 9PM

Friday-Saturday: 11 AM-10 PM

Sunday: 11 AM- 9PM

Closed Monday