Went to Smoque BBQ on the NW side of the city Saturday night before Xmas.
6:30 pm and most of the tables were taken. Mostly families with kids and the other 1/3 of them were Chicago's finest, and they kept coming and going.
Their website smoquebbq.com was very intriguing, especially the manifesto about why spareribs are better than baby backs and what they learned while touring the central Texas bbq belt.
Was told during the ordering that they were out of the babybacks and the chicken. No problem on the ribs, but wanted to try the chicken. Ended up trying the St Louis spareribs and the brisket.
Both meats had very good texture, soft without falling off the bone too easily. Juicy as well. Good smoking. Only small shortcoming was a relative excess of saltiness in the meats. Almost as if they were brined too long. All in all the meats were done well.
Served on small baking sheets/trays with butcher paper on them.
The sides come in styrofoam bowls or individual foil souffle tins.
Tried the barbecue beans, the cole slaw, peach cobbler, and french fries. The fries were served in a brown paper bag. Skin on and on the "burnt" side. Very tasty. The beans were a little sweet for my taste, but true to a Kansas City style, with molasses and onions.
Cobbler was a cute single serving that was a bit tart, a bit sweet.
Their smoker in the back was shiny and new.
The owners were hard at work trying to keep the orders processed as quickly as possible. Friendly service by all of them behind the counter.
All in all worth another visit. A different breed than typical Chicago style with heavy sauce and such. Better than the random bbq joint I would go to in Houston/Austin (Luther's, Millers), but not yet in the league of a Salt Lick.
Great effort by a team that merits our business.
Pulaski 2 blocks south of Irving Park
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