I just want to say I’ve been really lucky with the participants for ‘My Favorite BBQ Joints’ so far. They’ve been an eclectic mix with each bringing unique BBQ joints to the table (see links at the bottom to see previous ‘My Favorite Joints’). I’m REALLY excited about this week’s contributor because I jealously watched as he traveled the South in search of great BBQ in late 2010.
This week is none other than Kevin Pang from The Chicago Tribune. He wears many hats. He is a contributor to the Chicago Tribune food blog, The Stew, which is described as “The Stew: It bubbles, it simmers and you never know what you’ll find in each serving. It’s an authoritative go-to source for news about food, beverages and dining out in the Chicago area by the food and dining staffs of the Chicago Tribune.”, he is The Cheap Eater, and he goes on food adventures from time to time, most notably his two BBQ Road Trips.
Here’s his list:
Must get: St. Louis ribs, smoked chicken, Texas sausage
Smoque, arguably Chicago’s finest and most consistent BBQ establishment, has entered the national conversation of “100 Mile Barbecue.” That’s how far I would travel to dine here.
Photo of Smoque BBQ courtesy of Full Custom Gospel BBQ
Fette Sau BBQ
Must get: Smoked jowl, Berkshire Belly Bacon
The first time I came here, it took 45 minutes to grab a table. After tasting their smoked jowl (which I’d describe as amazing and fatty in the greatest sense), I wanted to jump to the back of the line and wait 45 minutes again.
Photo of Fette Sau courtesy of Nathan I. – Yelp
Allen & Son Bar-B-Q
Chapel Hill, NC
Must get: Smoked pork shoulder plate
The chopped meat here exudes a sweet, milk-colored, liquid pork gold that I could only describe as “swine wine.” It’s intoxicating.
Allen & Son Bar-B-Que – Chapell Hill, NC via Menu in Progress
The BBQ Shop
Must get: Ribs, BBQ Spaghetti
After my first visit to Memphis, I will never go back to spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce. BBQ sauce and smoked pork is the new standard.
Photo of The BBQ Shop courtesy of Michael R. – Yelp
Uncle John’s BBQChicago, IL
Must get: Rib tips, hot links
Of the Southside Chicago BBQ joints that employ the aquarium style of smoker, this is the best. The rib tips (cartilage end of the spare rib) are fatty hunks of hickory-smoked pork that require much inner-mouth maneuvering to eat, but worth the trouble.
Photo of Uncle John’s BBQ courtesy of William P. – Yelp
Here’s a list of the past participants from ‘My Favorite BBQ Joints’ in case you’re interested in seeing what they chose:
Amy Mills – 17th Street BBQ & Grill
Chris Phillips – Squirrel Nut Zippers
John T. Edge – Southern Foodways Alliance
Drew Robinson – Jim ‘N Nicks
Heath Hall – Pork Barrel BBQ
So if you like BBQ and love food you have to use the following links to follow and read up on Kevin Pang: