I am interested in planning a BBQ tour of the southern states for my husband that I can fit into 1 week. A road trip would be great. Does anyone have any route ideas and restaurant stops? I would be starting and ending in Chicago.
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While Chicago isn't know as a BBQ hotbed, they have 2 restaurants that do it the right way-low and slow. Barn & Co. and Honey 1 are in my opinion the places to go.
Sparky's in Hatch, NM is best known for serving up a ridiculously good green chile cheeseburger, but they do some solid BBQ as well. My favorite thing on the menu combines all of the above: the Oinker is a green chile cheeseburger topped with smoked pulled pork.