5 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Illinois

Mark Star

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Illinois has some of the most unique cuisines.

The United States is known for its fusion of cuisines and while it was once called the Melting Pot of cultures, it is also the melting pot of fusion foods. Illinois, specifically, has its unique list of foods. Some of them are quite tasty, while others are a little expensive.

Illinois has numerous places to visit, but sometimes we just want to eat barbeque. Here are the best barbecue restaurants.

Smoque BBQ

The scents emanating from its open kitchen often clue me into the appeal of this saucy spot. You may order something nice at the counter or wait for your number. I suggest you try the pulled pork sandwich with barbeque. The specialty of this sandwich is that the meat is smoked for more than 10 hours. You may also try Chopped Brisket Platter.

Address: 3800 N Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60641

Phone: +1 773-545-7427

Twin Anchors

Twin Anchors is suitable for those who want a bit of old-school flair. You may go there with your family and friends. This place opened its doors in 1932, and people working here serve the best barbeque. I had a chance to try fall-off-the-bone ribs and baked beans while watching a TV show.

Address: 1655 N. Sedgwick St. Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: (312) 266-1616

The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern

If you make your way out of the city, you will find this restaurant on the riverfront of Peoria. It is present in what was once a depot for the Rock Island Railroad, which hustled traveling passengers in and out up until 1978. Here you can find different cocktails and beers besides your favorite chicken balls and barbeque.

Address: 212 Southwest Water Street, Suite B, Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-981-5801

17th Street Barbecue

I don’t think you can have a better experience than 17th Street Barbecue. This restaurant has been featured across a number of television shows and publications. Its Baby Back Ribs are the real deal with a 6-hour slow cook time in a pit full of cherries and apples.

Address: 32 N. 17th Street Murphysboro, IL, 62966

Phone: (618) 684-3722

Honky Tonk BBQ

If you love wood-roasted barbeque, Honky Tonk BBQ is the right place for you. I once went there with my friends and we had a bit of live music along with our favorite food. A Saloon Stage can be booked from Thursday to Sunday. This restaurant is best for group meetings.

Address: 1800 S. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 312-226-7427

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