in Chicago

This squeaky-clean barbecue joint is all about slow-cooked meats. The baby-back and St Louis–style ribs are what line 'em up: they’re smoked over oak and applewood and soaked in a tangy, slightly sweet sauce. The brisket and pulled pork aren’t far behind in awesomeness. Brisket-flecked baked beans, cornmeal-crusted mac ’n’ cheese, freshly cut fries and citrusy coleslaw round things out. BYOB.

Smoque is a couple of miles northwest of Logan Square, easily reached three Blue Line stations onward at Irving Park.