What You'll Get
Ancient tribes smoked their meats over fire, an act that improved both the food's flavor and shelf life in a world devoid of furniture. Salute the smoke with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Texas-style barbecue at Hickory River Smokehouse in Glendale Heights.
Hickory River Smokehouse holds true to the tenants of Texas barbecue by dry-rubbing beef brisket, chicken, turkey, and pork before smoking them for hours over a hickory-wood fire. The menu brims with many flavors, including the prized pulled pork ($9.50), which was named the Ohio State Fair grand champion three years in a row. Seductively smoked meat plates include half-slabs of baby-back pork ribs ($11.95) and fork-ready piles of chopped beef brisket ($10.50). No matter which meats pique the palate's interest, all eats come standard with spicy and tangy sauce plus two down-home sides such as homemade Texas-style chili with optional oil tycoon. For additional cleansing, the servers pour out a modest variety of bottled beer ($3–$4) and wine ($4).
Hickory River Smokehouse accommodates barbecue buffs with a spacious dining room framed by exposed wood beams. Because manners only matter in hand grenades and horseshoes, the staff encourages guests to dig in, knowing that a whole roll of paper towels rests mere inches from their plates.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 add'l. as gifts. Limit 1/table, 2/table of 4 or more. Limit 1/visit. Valid toward alcohol. Dine-in and carryout only. Valid only at Glendale Heights location. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid w/other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hickory River Smokehouse
The rich scents of smoked meats and barbecue sauce fill Hickory River Smokehouse, where chefs slow-smoke beef brisket, pulled pork, and baby back ribs. They cover select cuts of meat in a housemade dry rub before smoking them for many hours in a hickory wood filled smoker. Succulent Texas-style barbecue is the result of the low and slow smoking style. Diners can indulge in award-winning pulled pork, sampler platters, or opt for a lighter fare, including low-fat smoked turkey and country ham. Housemade sides such as cornbread, Texas-style ranch beans, mustard- and mayonnaise-based potato salad, and homemade Texas-style chili round out the hearty meals.