County BBQ is apart of DMK restaurants, which are known for ADA Street, Henry's, Fish Bar, MK, Rec Room and DMK Burger. It is a small, rustic restaurant that is known for serving classic home smoked bbq dishes such as, ribs, brisket, and fried chicken. They also have a great selection of alcoholic beverages. The inside of the restaurant screams “Merica!” with a very large American Flag boldly Framed along their walls along with plaid and a couple animal heads.
There is some seating along with a small bar but it is a small space. Thankfully, there is a nice outdoor patio that strangely enough has colorful palm trees painted on the fences. It definitely did not feel like a typical BBQ joint in Texas. But don’t judge a book by its cover (or in this case a restaurant and its interior if that makes any sense at all).
Before looking at the food menu, I decided to treat myself and indulge myself in some of their alcoholic offerings because, what goes better with BBQ than beer. I went with the Two Brothers Sidekick, which is a pale ale (I’m not a huge fan of dark beers). The food menu itself is made up of seven sections; bar bites, sandwiches, burgers and tacos, sides, eats from the ole hickory smoker, country combos, salads and desserts. The menu primary consists of juicy meaty dishes, so there are barely any vegetarian options aside from the salads and a handful of sides. If you are a vegetarian, you probably may want to skip this place .
I wanted to go all out and “pig” out so I ordered the Smoked Bacon (slow cooked with care and brushed with some maple syrup), the Feathered Pig (quarter of chicken, and a choice of St. Louis spare ribs or rib tips). I went with the spare ribs. The smoked bacon was nothing I have ever had. It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The maple syrup that was glazed on the bacon was a nice sweet touch to balance out the savory juices from the bacon.
It was easily some of the best bacon in Chicago! When I thought I couldn't get anything better, the Feathered Pig arrived. It was the perfect medley of smoked chicken tossed in their buffalo sauce and the juicy tender spare ribs. It was bbq heaven! Despite being stuffed, left enough room to get some of the best bread pudding I had in Chicago. It was moist and had a light bourbon banana sauce drizzled over it along with some cinnamon toasted on top of the bread pudding. It perfect way to end an epic meal.
This small bbq joint really holds its own amongst the many Italian restaurants. Although it isn’t your typical bbq joint, they serve some of the best bbq in Chicago. This place is great especially if you are a student looking for restaurants near UIC, because the prices are very reasonable for some amazing food! I spent around $27 for my meal which is great considering the quality and quantity of food! But if you are not near Little Italy, dont worry! You can go to FoodBoss for food delivery so you do not miss out on the County BBQ experience.