Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont dishes up tasty smoked meats and superior sides.
'brisket' on Serious Eats
It's a brisket sandwich's birthright to be a meaty mess, with juicy smoke-laden meat punctuated by crunchy burnt ends. Fortunately, chef Kevin Hickey knows this.
The Montreal-style smoked meat at Fumare Meats in the Chicago French Market may well be the best brisket available in the city. One bite of the ridiculously tender pieces of smoked and steamed meat and you'll understand why they sell over 100 pounds almost every day.
Far too many BBQ joints in the Chicago area don't even attempt to make brisket. But in North Chicago, which isn't exactly thought of as a barbecue hot spot, Big Ed's BBQ is putting out one of the best spreads of smoked meat around. And in addition to some of the best ribs and hot links you can find, Ed also delivers a brisket sandwich.
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.