City: Chicago 
: 3800 N Pulaski Rd.

Aside from the pretentious spelling of Smoque’s name that makes it seem like some faux, hipsterfied BBQ imitation, Smoque is internationally-renowned for making damn good food. They are so committed to detail that Smoque has written a BBQ Manifesto that talks about why the “meat not the sauce should be the star of the show.”

Everything about Smoque is detail-oriented and entirely legit. They smoke their pork shoulders for twelve hours; they smoke their moist brisket for fifteen hours. They’ve got pink and plump yardbirds that get smoked for three hours and Memphis-style dry-rubbed ribs cooked over oak and sweet applewood. If you can’t decide what you want, you can get a taste of pulled pork or Texas links added to your meal so you don’t feel deprived of all the flavors Smoque has to offer.