Unlike most barbecue joints using aquarium-style smokers, Mary Lee's location in the South Loop near Chinatown and McCormick Place is downright convenient. But how does it hold up to the Uncle John's of the world?
'Mary Lee's Smokehouse' on Serious Eats
In most parts of the country, rib tips are the unwanted bits from a properly trimmed spare rib. Fatty and absolutely riddled with bits of cartilage, they are hard to eat and about as delicate as a sledgehammer. But in Chicago they are the foundation of one of our city's most delicious culinary creations: the rib tip and hot link combo. Here's our look at the best in the city.