Sure, we could tell you all about the bands that are scheduled to play at this weekend’s annual Ribfest Chicago, or that the event includes and amateur rib-eating contest, a Culinary Fight Club event and a kids area.
But let’s face it, we know what really brings people to the annual event in Lincoln Square is the food – and there will be no shortage of it.
The event, now in its 18th year, will fill the air on Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Berteau with that wonderfully smoky aroma — runs Friday, June 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Fifteen rib restaurants are scheduled to take part this year – a mix of long-time participants and newbies. Here’s a list of what to feast upon this weekend.
Austin’s Texas Lightning – Ribs, beef brisket, pulled port
BBQ King Smokehouse – Ribs, Pretzel bomb, king mac
Byron’s Hot Dogs – Dogs, ribs, burgers
Celtic Crown – Ribs, jalapeno pulled pork nachos, loaded tater tots
Chicago BBQ Company – Ribs, pulled port, smoked sausage
Hub’s – Ribs, gyros, mini Greek donuts
Mr. B’s BBQ – Ribs, pulled pork, baked beans
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro – Ribs, Guinness mac n cheese, Guinness ice cream
Porkchop – Fried ribs, pulled pork and chicken sliders, chipotle bourbon ribs
Q BBQ Lakeview – Smoked ribs and sausage, burnt ends
Real Urban Barbecue – Ribs, tri-tip sandwiches, maple-glazed brussels sprouts, bacon kabob
Robinson’s #1 Ribs – Ribs, rib tips, pulled pork
Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse – Ribs, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches
The Piggery – baby back ribs, pulled pork sliders, bacon-wrapped jalapeno pepper “firecrackers”
The Smoke Daddy – ribs, pulled chicken and port sandwiches