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.
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.
2130 Bloomingdale Rd.
Glendale Heights, Illinois 60139Get Directions