If it can be smoked and doesn't have bones (sorry rib tips), it can probably be stuffed between two slices of bread, slathered in sauce, and devoured. We covered pulled pork on Monday, but here are some of our other favorite barbecue sandwiches in Chicago.
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Pulled pork is the most ubiquitous barbecue in Chicago, but it's not always the best. While it took some effort to track down, there is pulled pork worth celebrating here.
I always think of a BYOB restaurant as a dare. Sure, I could use the occasion as an excuse to load up on frosty cans of cheap booze, thus saving real money on the final bill. But does the beverage honestly pair well with the food? And now with more fine dining BYOB options, isn't it my duty to buy a better bottle of wine with the money I'd otherwise spend? (Because, let's face it, I would have spent that money.)
I decided to take a ride on the Blue Line to O'Hare, tracking the options from the moment you leave the Loop to the point you arrive at your gate. There are more options than I could have imagined.
Chicago now has barbecue to satisfy the cravings of the most judicious barbecue enthusiast—no matter what part of the country he or she is from. While we don't have the same kind of per capita concentration of some barbecue capitals, when I looked at the big barbecue categories (ribs, pulled pork, brisket), I found truly excellent examples of each.
A relative newcomer to the barbecue trail, Chicago's Smoque has quickly made a name for itself with meticulously studied barbecue staples. Believe the hype: The Irving Park smoke joint's beef brisket sandwich ($7.45), a standout in what is historically a pork rib town, is perfectly executed.
You gotta have bulletproof glass, utilitarian decor, and a grizzled soul man stoking an aquarium-style smoker or a black pit drum with hickory and fruitwoods to have great barbecue, right? In Chicago, until about two years ago, this seemed the...