If you find yourself traveling through the Midwestern United States looking for a good BBQ joint, you might one to check out one of these hot spots. Both of these restaurants were started by a group of individuals who had a passion for food and a desire to provide the best BBQ possible to their customers.
Smoque BBQ: Chicago, Illinois
This neighborhood restaurant is the kind of place that makes food so good that you would make specific plans to make it a destination for an outing with friends. The best part about the place, aside from the food, is that it was started by five guys who just wanted to share their passion for food with others. The group of men has worked hard to create dishes that pair the right cut of meat, with the perfect rub, and the perfect sauce, then cook it to perfection. By all accounts, they have managed to create a balance of these elements with their dishes and in doing so have created an almost heavenly experience for their customers. To check it out and see all that they do have to offer to go to smoquebbq.com.
Gates BAR-B-Q: Kansas City, Missouri
Ask anyone who is a regular at Gates Bar-B-Que why they keep coming back and chances are pretty high that they will tell you it is for the sauce. From the moment the first location opened in 1946, there was a high demand from patrons for them to take home extra sauce with their orders. As the business grew, the demand grew, and the owners quickly realized that there was no way for them to keep up with the demand by following traditional means. So, they took the next natural step and started mass producing the sauce, which quickly became more popular and was made available for sale at all of the major supermarkets in the area. The popularity of the sauce has allowed the Gates family to not only stay in business over the years but expand into multiple locations in Missouri and become known throughout the United States. The menu still offers all of the favorites it did when the restaurant first opened nearly 70 years ago. Go to gatesbbq.com to learn more about all the locations have to offer.