Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Uncle John's BBQ

CHICAGO: Uncle John's Barbecue
337 E 69th St

Chicago, IL 60637


Open M-Thur 12-10, F-Sat 12-12am

We sweated through our final stop of the day while waiting in line for Uncle John's. The line wasn't long on people, but plenty long on waiting time. Orders here are taken through bulletproof glass, and then delivered through a revolving door. The interior decorations really begin and end with a pop machine, which is the normal drink dispenser for South Side BBQ. No sweet tea here. I spent most of time staring at the side of their aquarium pit, and wiping the sweat from my forehead.

I forgot to ask for sauce on the side (as recommended here), and there wasn't a dry portion of meat to be found. Soggy and tough rib tips were disappointing, with little meat, and what was left was dried out. I was a bit bummed knowing this was not their best effort. On the other hand, the hot links were stellar. They had the most aggressive seasoning of any link we tried, and the chunks of red pepper, herbs and plenty of fat. I'd repeat myself and say they tasted like breakfast sausage, but I'm starting to think that breakfast sausage tastes like Chicago style hot links without the intense heat. I could eat these any time of the day.

Rating **
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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.