The fest took place in a gigantic lot at Grand Street and the Chicago River. There was no shortage of fabulous food including BBQ from some of the best pitmasters and BBQ spots from across the US including Dinosaur BBQ, Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, Ubons in Yazoo City, MS, The Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX, and Hogapalooza in Wynne, Arkansas. There also was a strong showing from local BBQ joints including Chicago Q, Bub City, Smoque, and Lillie's Q.
What were my favorites? Well, there were way more things I wanted to eat than I could fit in my stomach, so among the food I tried, my favorites were the pulled pork from Hogapalooza, the jalapeno cheddar sausage from Smoque, the smoked wings from Dinosaur BBQ, and the fried chicken from Gus's Fried Chicken, a Memphis favorite opening in September in Fulton Market. Seriously. It was some of the best fried chicken I've ever had!
To help me chronicle my eating adventures at Windy City Smokeout, the folks at Verizon Wireless let me test out the Samsung Galaxy S6 which takes amazing photos! As an avid iPhone user, I was a bit nervous about adapting to a new phone, but I actually found it to be super user friendly. The photos came out so clear and I loved the large, vivid screen. All of these photos were taken on the S6 and I didn't even have to edit them! Talk about a time saver.
|Testing Out the Samsung Galaxy S6|
|The Salt Lick|
|Brisket From The Salt Lick|
|Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage From Smoque|
|Pulled Pork Sandwich from Hogapalooza|
|BBQ Chicken from Hogapalooza|
|Sir Kensington's & Summer House|
The beer selection also was fantastic. Brewers from across the country offered a wide selection of rare craft beer including special limited-edition drafts created for Windy City Smokeout. Participating breweries included Founders, Goose Island, Local Option, Against the Grain, Moody Tongue, 18th Street and others!
|Craft Beer Bar|
|Craft Beer Limited Releases|
Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Windy City Smokeout next July!
Note: Verizon Wireless provided me with a phone for this review and I received a complimentary ticket to attend the event; however, all opinions expressed herein are my own.