Several renowned newcomers from outside of Chicago are joining the Windy City Smokeout festival this year, plus a host of non-BBQ local vendors as well.
The organizers of Windy City Smokeout, returning to Chicago this July for three days of smoked meats, cold beverages and country music, have just revealed the full menu for the feast.
The 40,000-plus hungry attendees will have the chance to try plenty of food from local vendors — such as a Memphis walking taco from Lillie’s and a 14-hour brisket from Smoque — but the larger attraction is a chance to experience some of the country’s most renowned pitmasters. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q out of Atlanta is serving a threesome of beef short ribs, jalapeño-cheddar sausages and Frito pies, while Rodney Scott’s, a Charleston favorite, is opting for a more traditional trio of a whole hog, ribs and slaw.
While a strong range of barbecue mains and sides is the standard at Smokeout, other options will be available as well this year. Local spots like the Budlong, Aloha Poke and Bang Bang Pie, among others, have joined the festivities, dishing out their own signature items—in this case, hot chicken, poke bowls and pies, respectively—for those seeking a bit more variety.
Special events are also available throughout the weekend, including a crawfish boil and a late-night smoking class with Myron Mixon.
You can find the full food and drink menu, and full listing of special events, on the Windy City Smokeout website.
A three-day general admission pass for the fest (July 14-16) is $110, while a single-day general admission pass is $40 for Friday or Saturday, and $45 for Sunday. VIP tickets ($500 three-day, $175 single day) provide some upgrades such as access to shaded VIP areas.
All tickets include performances from the festival’s country-music lineup, which features Jake Owen, Kip Moore and Lee Brice among the headliners.
Windy City Smokeout, July 14-16, www.windycitysmokeout.com