Chicagoland: Westmont's Uncle Bub's BBQ
When it comes to 'cue, Chicago hardly lacks options—and solid ones at that. And while obvious choices, like Smoque and Lillie's Q, come to mind, an under-the-radar gem—Uncle Bub's—should, too.
The place has a roadhouse vibe with requisite farm accoutrements on the walls. So, yes, it's a little shticky. It's also endearing. So, head on in and order at the counter before settling into a high-backed wood booth.
The menu houses most everything a barbecue aficionado wants, from ribs to chicken and pulled pork. Really, it's all pretty good.
That's why I'd recommend ordering Uncle Bub's sampler platter ($21.69) so you can take it all in. This smoked meat extravaganza includes three meaty, sauce-soused baby back ribs, rib tips, tasty pulled pork, smoke-infused brisket, and a quarter chicken, along with two sides.
Speaking of sides, they're a real plus here. The crunchy cole slaw is singular, and it's hard to gripe about fried mac and cheese. You can also choose a side salad with chunky blue cheese dressing or excellent, meaty chili.
As for the rest of the menu, there's nary a miss. The Southern nacho platter ($8.69) comes heaped with pulled pork and all the anticipated fixings; the cheeseburger salad ($8.99) arrives topped with a half-pound patty and sliced cheese; and breaded fantail shrimp ($16.99 for 10) get accompanied by house-made cocktail sauce.
Whatever you choose, a nice lineup of condiments, including pickled jalapenos, crunchy pickle coins and giardiniera, allow for customization. There's also a wall of hot sauces. Take your pick and use it to ramp up the flavor of Bub's two barbecue sauces, mild and spicy.
Uncle Bub's does a mean catering business, too. So, consider it a must for pig roasts, smoked Thanksgiving turkeys, and Easter hams.
Uncle Bub's BBQ
132 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL 60559 (map)