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Smoque BBQ

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(21 Reviews)

3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

(773) 545-7427

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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General Info
Smoque BBQ is full-service restaurant that offers a variety of food items and beverages. The restaurant s menu includes brisket and pork sandwiches, prime rib, green beans, breaded mushrooms, macaroni and french fries. It provides a range of salads that are served with marinated tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and chicken. The restaurant also offers catering services for birthday and bachelor parties, family picnics, corporate events, anniversaries, baby showers and other private functions. Smoque BBQ additionally provides gift certificates of several denominations to its customers. It operates a store that features T-shirts, shirts, hats and baseball caps. Smoque BBQ is located in Chicago.
Regular Hours
Tue - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Extra Phones

Phone: (773) 639-1888

Phone: (773) 283-2727

Primary Phone: (773) 283-2727

Fax: (773) 283-2727

Payment method
all major credit cards, master card, discover, visa, amex
Price Range
The Villa, Northwest Side, Old Irving Park

Smoque Bbq Fax

Other Email

Barbecue Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Chicken Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Chicken, Family Style, American, Take Out, Fast Food, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: Yes, No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best BBQ In The Big City

For us country folk, this joint is an oasis in the city! Loved their pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, mac & cheese and the atmosphere (very casual). The place is ALWAYS busy, thanks to Guy Fieri! The wait is so-so, mainly because the bottleneck at the only cash register! However, the food makes up for any grumbling you may have while in line.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Thanks Guy Fieri

Saw this on DDD. Last time in Chicago, took the Blue line to Smoque and was not disappointed. Brisket was my favorite although got a good taste of some of the other BBQ favorites. Everything was yummy. Definitely worth the trip on the EL to get there. Nothing fancy, but that's how like it...just give me good food...



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best BBQ

A friend turned me on to this place and I love it. I am glad I don't live too close otherwise I would be 500 lbs. I love the brisket and ribs. If they ever have the special brisket chili try it and you will love it.

The sides are great. The bread is perfect for the sandwiches and I love the Ribs.

Great eats. Don't miss out and try it today.



Worth a return trip

This is a neighborhood joint, and the parking situation and slightly cramped shared seating do reflect that. And the one cash register is a head scratcher. But the food is well worth the wait, and the service is friendly. A good find.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Smoque is Good

I saw this on triple D and knew I had to try it so I finally got to go today. Two co-workers and myself drove 90 miles to try this place and we were overall glad we did. We ordered brisket and St. Louis and Babyback ribs. The brisket was to die for, it actually melts in your mouth. The absolute best! The ribs were average at best, a little dry and tough. (and yes they give you a side of sauce). The sides were fantastic as well. We had the Mac & Cheese, BBQ Beans and Cole Slaw (all awesome). When I go back it will be just for the brisket and sides for me. I highly recommend Smoque for it's BRISKET.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Go Elsewhere

Ordered BBQ 6/27 at 6:30 pm. Was told my order would be ready in 40 minutes. Okay. Went 45 minutes later and was told I would have to wait again for the cash register person to ring up my order. They only have one cash register. Got home and food was solidly cold. Never again. This is the 5th visit there. Each time it's a gaff. Go to Honey1 BBQ or Fat Willy's farther from me but far better food and service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the Best BBQ in the City

I love Smoque. I need it at least twice a month if not more regularly. My friend and I started checking out different Chicago BBQ restaurants this year to find the best and I have to say Smoque has some of the best BBQ in the city. The St. Louis ribs are by far my favorite. The sauce, the rub, the perfection of it's cooking is always consistent. I mention the sauce because they have different sauces for their different foods. You don't need sauce but it adds another dimension to the food. The Baby back ribs are good. They aren't the best I've had in the city but they are still far better than most others. They recently added Texas sausage which is their version of hot links, not as spicy but defiantly fantastic. The brisket is the best brisket in the city. I don't need to add any more. I can't write any more because this is making me hungry and since their closed on Monday I'm SOL. Anyway, please, please, please...if you are looking for good BBQ this is a definite must.



Provided by Citysearch - 
cheap and fast service

We had a decent experience. We had their bbq sandwhich and it was good. Their macaroni and cheese is a must try!! i would come back to this place if i really crave bbq.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Obviously the other people commenting have no clue what real ""que"" is. Real bbq you have to wait in line for, Real bbq allows you to sit in a crowd of hungry happy people. I was born and raised in Texas and have been living here in Chicago for 11 years. Until Smoque showed up, the only real Texas style bbq was IN TEXAS! I was there the first week it opened and was there last week when they started selling Mikeska's Hot Links, and I was have been there every other week in between. Smoque is the real deal. The tender juicy brisket is actually BETTER than any I have had in Texas. The ribs are meaty and tender but NOT falling off the bone. Texans like their ribs like their women... tender but still having some meat ON the bone to pull on with your mouth! The mac and cheese was something unusual but addictive. Have no idea whats in it or how they get smoke flavor on it but its wonderful. Slaw is tangy and good. Beans are sweet with chuncks of meat and onion. Then there is the new Texas hot links. OMG. Thankfully someone has had the smarts to finally bring real Texas Hot Links to Chicago. They are in real casings since you can hear the pop when you bite into a whole link.... which I did often on my way home with 8 links... and with zero grease! My pants and shirt were like new when getting home unlike the results I have had with other sausage and dry cleaners bills...! Overall, Smoque is the best bbq in Chicago hands down. I should know since I was born in Lockhart Texas which is known as the Texas BBQ Capitol. Go to Smoque, get the brisket, hot links, slaw, macncheese and cobbler. You won't regret it. Happy Trails!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not the best!

I can say that the service was good, but only one cashier in that little place. Seating is right on top of the next person. I saw the place on foodnetwork. Both myself and my girlfriend were excited about going because we saw it on tv. But like someone said before, you can't believe everything on tv. Portions were to small and a little pricy. The mac and cheese was bad, very bad. We had some Texas sausage which my lady thought was raw. The pulled pork was dry and the bbq sauce wasn't that good. The ribs were a little dry for our taste, but did fall off the bone. Now the big thing for me is that, i hadn't eaten much all that day. But after eating there we both were feeling a little sick after a hour of leaving. I had to work that night, and i was no good all night long. Not blaming them for anything, maybe the food didn't agree with me. Needless to say, it wasn't what i expected and we were disappointed. And don't get me started on the parking. Take the train, if you go.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good...but not good enough

I saw this place on the Food Network on Guy Fieri's show: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. When I saw that there was an actual BBQ place that was in Chicago (not to mention, near my house and serving BBQ in all seasons) I just had to check this place out. But I think after eating here it's safe to say don't believe everything you see on tv. The first problem with the place is their parking situation. There's virtually none since the residential street they're cornered on is permit parking only with cops monitoring the street about every hour. Now as expected with featured places, there's a line going to the door and that was fine with me. But only 1 cashier?!?! No wonder there's a long line. The menu is your basic pulled pork or brisket (or 1/2 and 1/2) sandwich, 1/2 or full slabs of St. Louis or baby back (or 1/2 slabs of each) pork ribs (sorry, no beef ribs here) that are made via dry rub, chicken, and abour 5-6 side items (fries, mac & cheese, cornbread, etc.). All orders came with a side of extra sauce (which looks thinned). I had the 1/2 n 1/2 sandwich to eat in and 1/2 slabs of each ribs to go. THE ENTIRE ORDER TASTED DRY!!! Note that I'm not saying it wasn't good because it was. I think they've rendered out the fat from their meat that there's barely any moisture (flavor) to have that distinctive juicy flavor of what we'd normally call BBQ. Heck, I can go to Whole Foods n get better, JUICER BBQ AND for WAY CHEAPER. I'm serious, that one $ you see on the side bar should be $$. I liked the food and I like the fact there's a place I can go for the Winter BBQ crave, but just don't expect much else except for a line, lousy parking, and dry, overpriced BBQ.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great BBQ but supply doesn't meet demand

The caveat up front is that we wish we could give this 5 stars: great BBQ, yummy mac and cheese (and fries and baked beans...) and wonderful service from a team you can tell cares about their shop and their customers. We vowed every Sunday would be barbeque night after we found Smoque, but just hung up the phone at 7pm--two hours before they close--for the second week in a row having been told they are out of all meat except chicken and ribs. Baffling to us that a barbeque house would run out of food so often (we have met the sign on the front door more than once announcing they were similarly out of brisket and pork) and we hope that their demand planning gets better before we find another place. Please, please, please work on it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good BBQ addition to N. Chicago

Overall, I thought the food was good, but they didn't have any ribs ready. Puzzling to me. I know their new and working out the kinks, but without the Ribs, its really disappointing. Good luck with your adjustments.



Authentic BBQ in Irving Park

I eat here every week. Why? Because I'm hooked. The brisket is the thing they're best known for and it's terrific, but I like the ribs, chicken and pulled pork a lot, too. I alternate them just to keep things interesting. But I come for the sides just as much as the meats. The bbq beans taste like God spooned them into your mouth personally. They have some of the best french fries in town and on days when I can give one of those two sides up, the homemade mac and cheese is outrageously good. They make all their own sauces on premises and the staff is friendly and helpful. I try to stay away for as long as I can but 7 days seems to be about my limit. Pray for me!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Smoque... You need some help on BBQ. Maybe a trip to Texas will help. The line was long, You were out of food...How do you run out of food? The BBQ sauce tasted like ketchup. I will tell you something, all of you guys come to the chicago area and call yourself the best bbq around you need to do some research first. I found one place in a 100 mile radius that had the best BBQ that I have had since I was in Houston Texas and that is Canyon Creek BBQ in South Elgin IL. I don't know where this guy came from but I would line his que up against anyone anytime. The service was perfect and the food even better...good job and keep up the good work.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Awesome food and wonderful service!

I work down the street from Smoque. The food is awesome, the service is awesome, the place is clean. What more can you ask for. Everything is homemade. They have great barbeque but what I go there for are the yummy salads that have great oven roasted tomatoes on top with phenomenal homemade dressing. The mac and cheese is also to die for. The owners are always there checking to make sure that everyone is having a great dining experience. You dont see that much these days. Dont get discouraged by the long lines. The wait is definitely worth it!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Real Barbecue In The City

Smoque is easily the best barbecue in Chicago. It puts The Smoke Daddy, Fat Willy's, Robinson's, and Carsons to shame. First off, the ribs. I ordered the 1/2 and 1/2 sampler. 1/2 Baby Back 1/2 Spare Ribs. The first thing I look for in a good rib, even before I taste it, is the smoke ring. Smoke Daddy, Fat Willy's, Robinson's, and Carsons don't even have a smoke ring, to speak of, compared to Smoque. Second is the texture. Real barbecued ribs, that are smoked from start to finish, don't completely fall off the bone with one bite. It should only come off the bone, with ease, where you are biting it. If it does all fall off the bone in one bite, it is a sign that the ribs were either boiled or baked in an oven. That is not Barbecue. That is why I get so mad when people say Twin Anchors is the best barbecue in the city. Twin Anchors doesn't even have a smoker. They cook their ribs, in an oven wrapped in foil, which gives no smoke flavor, and the messy fall off the bone texture. This is not Barbecue. Smoque has the real texture that you look for in properly smoked, from start to finish, ribs. They are fantastic. Give them a try. The best thing on the menu though is the Brisket. It can compete with anything that comes out of Texas. So tender, juicy, and smokey. The best thing on the menu. I haven't tried the Pulled Pork or the Chicken yet. I was too full. But, I will definitely be going back to try them out. So, if you are a real Barbecue fan, looking for delicious smoked meats, treat yourself and go to Smoque. The moment you walk in the door and smell the smoke in the air, you will know the day can't get much better.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best BBQ You'll Get In The Irving Park Neighborhood........

I recently went to the Northwest side Smoque BBQ, and I must say the food didnt disappoint. I ordered a full slab of the St. Louis style ribs, and they were delicious. The rub they use is very good, and the sauce they make themselves, suits the ribs well. The Mac N Cheese I got as one of my sides was tasty, with the crisp outer cheese melted. The baked beans were good with little grilled onions mixed in. One of the owners was walking around asking how things were, which adds a nice homestyle feeling. I definately will be back to try the brisket and pulled pork sandwiches.

Cons: However, though the food was good, our service seemed either lazy or unpolished. We ordered and waited for quite sometime as other customers who ordered after us got their orders, until I asked where our order was. Turns out, it was sitting on the counter the whole time sitting there, getting cold. I recommend if you go there to assert yourself, or your order just might get lost.