Barbecue joints
Fat Willy's Rib Shack is one of Barbecue joints.

1. Fat Willy's Rib Shack

8.5
2416 W Schubert Ave (at N Western Ave), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Northwest Side · 57 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: For starters, go for the smoky, greasy rib tips and an insanely rich mac and cheese. Move past salads to a slab of baby backs and the beef brisket sandwich with horseradish. Read more.

Honey 1 BBQ is one of Barbecue joints.

2. Honey 1 BBQ

7.1
746 E 43rd St (Cottage Grove), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Grand Boulevard · 26 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Order up a couple of slabs of meaty, tender spareribs, rib tips and a plate of hot links. If you’re still hungry after the main event, juicy smoked chicken and crispy catfish should round things out. Read more.

Honky Tonk BBQ is one of Barbecue joints.

3. Honky Tonk BBQ

8.5
1800 S Racine Ave (at W 18th St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Pilsen · 92 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The ribs can be a bit dry, but the smoky pulled pork makes up for it, clocking in as one of the best around. Tender, juicy chicken comes in second, with puckery slaw and meaty beans solid runners-up. Read more.

Lillie's Q is one of Barbecue joints.

4. Lillie's Q

8.7
1856 W North Ave (at Wolcott Ave), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Wicker Park · 120 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: It’s the pink-tinged pulled pork and thick slices of smoked tri-tip that prove chef-owner Charlie McKenna is every bit deserving of that Memphis in May trophy behind the bar. Read more.

Chicago Q is one of Barbecue joints.

5. Chicago Q

9.1
1160 N Dearborn St (at W Division St.), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Near North Side · 136 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Upscale touches include Kobe brisket and “competition” ribs. Spare ribs (the standard, not the $10-more-expensive “competition” slab), proved tender, with a good dose of smoke and a slightly sweet rub Read more.

Ribs n' Bibs is one of Barbecue joints.

6. Ribs n' Bibs

5300 S Dorchester Ave (53rd st), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Hyde Park · 13 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Ribs—of the hickory-smoked variety—are the specialty of this Hyde Park house. Opt for a Chuck Wagon Combo—the “chix n’ ribs” combo has two pieces of chicken and a half-order of ribs for less than $11. Read more.

Smoke Daddy is one of Barbecue joints.

7. Smoke Daddy

9.1
1804 W Division St (btwn Wood St & Honore St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Wicker Park · 130 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Reserve your hunger for “The Rib Sampler,” a huge plate of baby back ribs, spareribs and rib tips. Don’t worry: The pink, smoky meat pulls off the bone easily, so you’ll clean your plate. Read more.

8. Uncle John's Barbeque

337 E 69th St (at Calumet Ave), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Park Manor · 25 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The rib tips are smoky, extremely juicy, meatier than elsewhere in town and crisp around the edges. The hot links are not for the heat-phobic, with searing bits of red chile and smoky, porky flavor. Read more.

Uncle John's Barbeque is one of Barbecue joints.

9. Uncle John's Barbeque

337 E 69th St (at Calumet Ave), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Park Manor · 25 tips and reviews
Smokin M's is one of Barbecue joints.

10. Smokin M's

7.5
7507 Roosevelt Rd (btwn Beloit Ave & Ferdinand Ave), Forest Park, IL
BBQ Joint · 14 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The caramelized spice rub on the slabs of meaty St. Louis cuts (spareribs sans tips) gives them a slightly chewy crust. Underneath lurks a quarter-thin layer of smoke over a full inch of robust pork. Read more.

Smoque BBQ is one of Barbecue joints.

11. Smoque BBQ

9.3
3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Old Irving Park · 213 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Spareribs are pull-apart tender with a subtle smokiness. The Brisket is beautifully marbled beef is given just the right treatment to yield tender bite after tender bite, whether chopped or sliced. Read more.