Serious smokin' goin' on at Uncle John's on the South Side (photo: Joseph Storch)
All week long, we're re-running some of our favorite "Top 5"s from the past year. These are the ones that stirred the most debate and ignited the most passion among you. Since we dealt with the overrated ribs yesterday, it's time to move on to our favorites today. Enjoy.
There have been more BBQ joint openings in Chicago over the past few weeks than there have been Cubs losses. Pork Shoppe, Smokey Bear's BBQ House, Rub BBQ Co. Lillie's Q - all of them offering ribs and pork (and sometimes brisket), but sadly, most of them haven't mastered their smokers yet. I thought now was as good a time as any to weigh in with some of my favorites.
3. Fat Willy's 2416 West Schubert Avenue, (773) 782-1800 Who would have thought a Vietnamese girl named Bo could turn ribs into sublime pleasure?
4. Barbara Ann's 7617 South Cottage Grove Avenue, (773) 651-5300 Mac (see #2) was the former pitmaster here, but his progeny continue to churn out smoke-kissed ribs with great texture.
5. Lillie's Q 1856 North Avenue, (773) 772-5500 The only newcomer in my top 5, with ribs that have just the right tug and chew, a respectable smoke ring and perhaps the best house sauce in town.