Smoqued in Chicago

The best St. Louis ribs I've ever eaten are at a BBQ restaurant called Smoque on 3800 N. Pulaski Rd. The folks at Smoque say they use a Memphis-style dry rub to form a savory crust, and smoke the slabs over oak and sweet applewood. Then they finish them with a tangy, semi-sweet BBQ sauce to complement the spicy rub and smoky meat. Yum!

I first saw Smoque on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It's a cute little place that holds about 45 people. The menu is written on a gigantic blackboard that's mounted to the wall. You put your order in at the counter, pick a table, and get your food when your number is called. On this trip my boy and I split a slab of St. Louis ribs (USD $20.95), a chopped brisket sandwich (USD $6.95), a link of Texas smoked sausage (USD $2.99), baked beans and coleslaw. This was a totally delicious and satisfying lunch.


Anonymous said…
If Guy Fierari says it's good, it's gotta be great! I love that show, and the ribs does look finger-lickin' good!