Brisket (5/5): undisputed star of the show. Melt-in-your-mouth tender. Mac-n-cheese (5/5): classic mac only made more divine with panko St. Louis Ribs (3/5): dry, not very tender, difficult to separate Fries (4/5): solid fries on the softer side, but could come across as fresher
Despite being ranked among the top BBQ spots in Chicago, this place is nothing special. It’s decent, but mediocre at best. Also be aware, Smoque BBQ is one of the few spots in town that still haven’t opened up their indoor dining rooms yet. You will have to eat outside in their tent setup with no air conditioning. There is no waiter, you order your food at the cashier table and they bring it to you in a grocery basket. We ordered the baby-back ribs, brisket, cornbread, and a couple of other side dishes. Only the brisket was above a 6/10. It’s just how you want it, tender, fatty, flavorful. A solid 7.5 to 8/10. If you’re coming to Smoque BBQ, definitely order the brisket here. Another item worth your while is the mac-n-cheese. It’s got a nice creamy texture that packs flavor. For a popular BBQ spot, you’d expect some kickass baby back ribs but the ones here were surprisingly dry and lacked that BBQ flavor. Everything else: the cornbread, beans, coleslaw, and fries were just ok. The side dishes tasted just how u would expect them too. Maybe a bit on the more boring side. Overall Smoque BBQ is ok but don’t have high expectations. Score: 6.1/10
Went a little after the lunch rush, got a parking spot in their lot and was able to sit outside underneath the tent! Great food, great staff!
Some of the best BBW Chicago has to offer. My personal favorite is the pulled pork. Service is fast. No frills but food is good!
Cannot complain! On a couples vacation, we stopped in here after reading all the good reviews on here and recommendation from Guy Fieri. Between 2 of us, we ordered ribs, pulled pork, brisket, cornbread, mac n cheese, coleslaw and fries. Everything was delicious and portion sizes were perfect. Left with leftovers. They give you their 3 different sauces on the side and those were great as well. Their classic sauce, classic sauce with a kick (spicy) and a sauce with vinegar base. And although they don’t sell/have alcohol, they are byob. The indoor area has about 15 tables and their outdoor area and to go windows constantly kept customer traffic flowing smoothly. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in town. They have delivery options as well.
My buddy and I decided to treat ourselves to BBQ and Smoque is one of the few BBQ joints that are still open in our area. I had the 1/2 order of sliced Brisket and my friend had the Brisket sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans & Coleslaw. We both enjoyed the comestibles!
Yummmm some of the best American BBQ I’ve ever had. Got full slab baby back ribs, brisket a la carte platter, and Texas sausage a la carte platter. Brisket was soooooo tender and had amazing smoked flavor wow. Baby back ribs were pretty good although I think I’ve had better elsewhere, but still worth it. Texas sausage surprised me bc I didn’t think sausages would taste thaaaaaat good but it was so damn delicious??? My bf and I also agreed that their coleslaw is the best we’ve ever had. Mac and cheese was great too although it was smaller than I imagined.
We drove all the way up just to try this place as the ratings were incredible! The biskets Super tender, juicy and incredible soft + tasty! A must order and really great stuff that saved the rating! Mac n cheese It was rated incredibly well online and yes it was good but not outstandingly crazy! If you love Mac n cheese – go for it! If you have fomo because of the good ratings, still try it! For $4 you can’t go wrong! St. Louis ribs It was recommended. I’ve found no review that pointed out the different from the baby ribs. But the baby ribs were not available for half stack so we went for the St. Louis ones and we regretted it. The meat was a bit dry and the sauces were underwhelming. Overall a good place where you can your food pretty fast at a reasonable price point with amazing brisket s.
Smoked Meats By far some of the best brisket I’ve had outside of my own smoker. Sides are very flavorful as well.
09/22/21 – My wife’s 2 friends have been visiting Chicago, one from Orlando & the udder one from Los Angeles. She knows both of dem when Dey was yuts in da Philippines. Visiting Chicago it’s been obligatory to take them to the some of the places wit da foods dat make Shecawgo famous. Places like Lou Malnati’s Pizza, Portillo’s for da beef sammich, Da Shecawgo hot dog w & of course Smoque for BBQ. No trip ta da Windy City is complete widout a visit to Smoque. I feel like this dis is da best BBbq joint in the da city. Dere was 4 of us, me & the tree Lilliputians. All of dem are 4′-11″ short but dey all eat like giants. We ordered a full rack of meaty St Louis Ribs, 1lb of delicious perfectly seasoned & cooked brisket, a couple orders of Mac & cheese, coleslaw, beans, gumbo & da sauces. Dey come wit Carolina bbq sauce (a little sweet) & Memphis big sauce (a little spicy (no too much do). Dis isn’t my first rodeo here & hopefully it won’t be my last. At Smoque you walk place your order & grab a seat. Den U sit dere & wait & try not to drool to much cause it smells so dam good in dere. Da server was awesum I shold a got his name. He brought tree trays of da food & had da slab cut up into individual ribs so we didn’t have to do it at the table. He was always nearby if we needed anything & cleared the trays as we finished. As always excellent food & service @ Smoque