Smoque BBQ is one of Six spots for barbecue.

1. Smoque BBQ

9.4
BBQ Joint · Old Irving Park · 3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St), Chicago, IL

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: The line often winds around the block at this Northwest Side ’cue fave. The beautifully marbled brisket’s the star of the show, but the St. Louis spareribs and chicken are equally droolworthy. Read more.

Lillie's Q is one of Six spots for barbecue.

2. Lillie's Q

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

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: The pulled pork and thick slices of smoked tri-tip at this Wicker Park spot prove chef-owner Charlie McKenna is every bit deserving of that World Championship Barbecue trophy behind the bar. Read more.

Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse is one of Six spots for barbecue.

3. Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse

8.2
BBQ Joint · West Ridge · 6954 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: The smoke leans light at this Rogers Park spot, but it’s a solid choice for tender brisket, pulled pork with a bright apple flavor and pulled chicken that moves into comforting Thanksgiving territory. Read more.

Honey 1 BBQ is one of Six spots for barbecue.

4. Honey 1 BBQ

7.2
BBQ Joint · Grand Boulevard · 746 E 43rd St (Cottage Grove), Chicago, IL

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: We suggest ordering slabs of meaty spareribs, a mess of 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.

5. Smoke Signals

BBQ Joint · Park Manor · 7137 S State St., Chicago, IL

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: After a decade towing a smoker welded to a boat trailer, Ali Lahiani got a storefront and invested in a Chicago-style aquarium smoker to turn out his signature rib tips and weekend-only short ribs. Read more.

Honky Tonk BBQ is one of Six spots for barbecue.

6. Honky Tonk BBQ

8.4
BBQ Joint · Pilsen · 1800 S Racine Ave (at W 18th St), Chicago, IL

Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out Chicago Kids: Willie Wagner set up shop in Pilsen to serve his “Memphis-style,” dry-rubbed barbecue. The smoky pulled pork clocks in as one of the best around. Tender, juicy chicken comes in second. Read more.