Smoque BBQ

Restaurants , Barbecue Irving Park
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Smoque BBQ
Photograph: Donna Rickles
Smoque BBQ

Either people really like this new barbecue joint, or the pitmaster is simply not making enough food. Having finally scored some eats after two 8pm visits were met with, “Sorry, we’re out of ribs and chicken,” I decided both theories are correct. People really like it because the food is damn good and the owners have yet to figure out just how many Chicagoans are starving for great barbecue.

On the nights Smoque was cleaned out, I was told to call ahead to reserve slabs and birds, the two most popular items. After doing so, I was rewarded with near-perfect spareribs—juicy, pull-apart tender, with subtle smokiness that didn’t overwhelm the tangy spice rub clinging to the sticky, crunchy exterior. As a testament to their deliciousness, I dabbed a bone with the decent house-made sauce only once. The baby back ribs, true to their nature, were lean, so they came out a bit dry, but the pillow-soft chicken more than made up for it, with slick seasoned skin giving way to meat that’s partially pink from smoke and fully flavorful.

Like everything I ate, pulled pork was only lightly seasoned, letting the charred bits and juicy strips of shoulder speak for themselves. Beef brisket wasn’t juicy enough; a cut with more marbling might help. Canned pork-and-beans get gussied up with caramelly onions, bits of brisket and brown sugar, while creamy mac and cheese gets a perfectly simple crust of bread crumbs. Don’t bother saving room for the so-so cobbler; order another slab of spareribs instead.

Venue name: Smoque BBQ
Contact:
Address: 3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago
60641
Cross street: at Grace St
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Irving Park. Bus: 53, 80, 152. Train: Union Pacific NW to Irving Park.
Price: Average main course: $12
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Upon a coworkers suggestion we ordered our team’s catered lunch from Smoque BBQ for the longest he has raved about this spot so I was pretty excited to check it out. We ordered the brisket which is fall off the bone AMAZING!!! You can enjoy this with or without sauce and let me just add the sauce is something magical! So magical that I actually brought some home and put it in the fridge! We also had the ribs which were damn good too and the sausage. I ordered the baked beans which were good BUT had too many onions for my taste, coleslaw was fresh and crunchy just the way I like it. Lastly was the peach cobbler which was the perfect finish to this wonderful meal! I really was ready for a nap at the end! Will definitely go back to this spot.