Barbecue still holds a romantic allure. At its heart, you take meat and apply heat via the smoke of a wood-burning fire. There’s something primordial and attractive about the process. Unlike grilling a steak or frying a pork chop, smoking meat requires patience and instinct…which is why it’s easy to spot a barbecue restaurant, but hard to find one that does the job consistently well.
Filing this away for any future trips to Chicago. Interestingly, one of the three co-writers of this feature went on this ridiculously awesome barbecue road trip through the south in 2010.