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New BBQ Joint – Rub BBQ Company – Chicago, IL

Rub BBQ Company, not to be confused with Paul Kirk’s Rub BBQ (Righteous Urban Barbecue) in New York, or RUB BBQ Pub in Detroit, is the new kid on the block in what seems to be a growing number of new BBQ joints cropping up in Chicago.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang

Jared and Amanda Leonard, veterans of the catering business, not only look like incredible people and parents, but appear to be doing their BBQ right.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang

From Chicago Magazine, Jared says “All the barbecue at Rub takes a 14-ingredient dry rub and then goes in the smoker. We have a custom-built smoker. It’s an oven built by Imperial. We’ve added a smoking box to the side. Ribs spend four hours smoking, pulled pork eight to ten, and brisket twelve”

They also are making scratch made house sausage, beans and custard filled cornbread. Looks like good things are in their (and their neighborhood’s) future.

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Posted in BBQ Joints on by kevin - Comments (4)


  1. Kevin –

    I noticed you have commented a few times that Paul Kirk owns Rub BBQ in NY, Las Vegas and Baltimore. The only Rub BBQ that is owned by Paul Kirk is the NY one. They had a Vegas location, but it closed earlier this year – and the other Rub’s (Baltimore) aren’t his. I had done some research to find out about the intellectual property laws regarding the name, so I know a bit about it. Just FYI. Thanks again for coming in, hope to see you again soon!

    Comment by Jared — August 10, 2010 @ 2:42 am

  2. Jared,
    Thanks so much for pointing that out. I updated the post, deleting those two Rub BBQ’s. I honestly had no idea the Rio location had closed. Guess you’d have first hand knowledge of all Rub BBQ’s.

    Again, I wish you the best with your joint. You’re doing great things over there. Keep it up!


    Comment by kevin — August 10, 2010 @ 3:08 am

  3. thanks for the good wishes Kevin, hope I didn’t come off like a know-it-all, I just happened to be familiar with the issue…have fun scoutin’ out all the new que joints, Chicago has plenty now!

    Comment by Jared Leonard — August 12, 2010 @ 4:24 am

  4. not at all. thankful you let me know. i’m not out that way all the time so I need to be updated by folks who are in the know, like yourself.

    Comment by kevin — August 12, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

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