May is National Barbecue Month, as if you needed a reason to enjoy the slow-smoked delicacy.. In honor of the carnivorous holiday, Make it Better Magazine has published a roundup of their 13 favorite spots to indulge in and around Chicagoland, and our very own Chicago PR client Real Urban BBQ is included!
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About Real Urban Barbecue
Real Urban Barbecue has three Chicagoland locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and in Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).
Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dine in, carryout, and private or corporate catering. Their menu features homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked items like their famous burnt ends, award winning ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket and chicken, all slowly rotated on four Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 1600 lbs of meat daily. RUB also offers sandwiches, fresh salads, comfort sides…And come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert! Real Urban Barbecue has recently expanded their spread of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of the Real Urban Bakery.
For more information and catering visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com.
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Real Urban Barbecue’s Accolades:
Chicago Magazine’s “Hot List” and Reader’s Choice “Best BBQ”
Chicago Tribune’s “Essential Barbecue Bites” for Burnt Ends
Voted “Best BBQ” by the readers of Make It Better Magazine, Highland Park Patch and Daily Herald
Awards in both Judges Choice and People’s Choice categories at Ribfest Chicago
“Best Service” at Taste of Highland Park
“First Place People’s Choice” at Windy City BBQ Classic at Soldier Field
“Most Creative Item” for BBQ Nachos at Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills
Second Runner Up & Best Presentation at the 2015 Mac & Cheese Fest
Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson
Favorite among celebrities and athletes
Official Barbecue of Northwestern University
Official Barbecue of the USO of Illinois
Jeff Shapiro’s Bio & Accolades:
Prior to opening Real Urban Barbecue, Highland Park native Jeff Shapiro worked for Lettuce Entertain You for 14 years at restaurants including Bones, RJ Grunts, Bub City, Pappagus and PJ Clarke’s. He most recently served as director of operations of Carmichael’s Steak House in Chicago for six years. Shapiro has been winning trophies in the BBQ competition circuit for many years under the team name Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. Well before “urban barbecue” became the trend it is today, Shapiro’s feverish passion has had him touring the major regional BBQ markets in the U.S.
-2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the GLMV Chamber of Commerce for heading a new and leading business in Vernon Hills.
-Character Counts Pillar Award from the City of Highland Park Alliance, North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School, based on his representation of the Six Pillars of Character within the community.
-Honored for his work with USO of Illinois.