Found a BBQ Gem in Oswego/Aurora
I stopped by Thomas' BBQ on Montgomery between Hill and Eola yesterday for lunch. Awesome pulled pork sandwich! Excellent sauce and real pulled pork--not just some smashed up left overs. The place looks like it's run by a husband and wife team, she works the counter--and never really smiles, and he works the kitchen, behind a curtain. There are a few tables inside to eat in and it does have a cool "Bama atmosphere--but, I always get it to go. Good crispy steak fries accompany each sandwich. Sides were a bit pricey. They also do a lot of catering work so they are closed some days to accomodate their catering business. Give this place a try!
re: Chicago Wine Geek
Thomas' is not open Sunday and Monday. I've had their pulled pork, rib tips and hot links and it's ok. We have Salt Creek BBQ here in Batavia now and I like their pulled pork a little better, the serving size is a little more generous. They do have 2 other locations in the Chicago area.
Salt Creek Barbecue
220 N. Randall Road
I am shocked that you or anyone liked Salt Creek BBQ. I thought the portion size was good and that is the only positive I can come up with. The meat was insipid and I could not detect any smoke taste. I had the pulled pork and thought it was so bad that I will not try anything again. The sides were also blah-I was hungry and I ended up tossing most of the food. Believe me, I really wanted to like it; it would be great to have a good Q place in the area but this is not it.
I did go by Thomas' and will give it a shot-they were closed due to Downtown Alive. If anyone goes, they have a list of the days they will be closed posted on the window.