If you missed out on our championship BBQ, you can get it… but you’ll have a little bit of a drive

If you missed out on the Ques Brothers’ 3rd place World Championship pork shoulder at BBQ Fest, I have good news and bad news.  The good news is, it’s one of the few instances where you can buy the winning product.   The bad news is, you’ll have to drive a little ways to get it… to Chicago.

Our head cook, Willie Wagner (or “Willie Wonka” as some of us call him), owns Honky Tonk Barbeque in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago (1213 W. 18th St.).  He’s updated his website, not only mentioning our 3rd place win in the Shoulder competition, but also two other strong finishes at BBQ Fest I was not even aware of… in the “other” category, the team placed 13th out of 101 for sweet, spicy wings, and 5th out of 65 for our turducken (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey).  Congrats to Willie and our cooking team on strong showings in all three of those categories.

Willie has a page on his site about the team’s victory, with a scan of the Commercial Appeal article quoting team member Mike King, and a photo of the team onstage accepting the trophy.  So if you’re ever in Chicago (or if you’re one of this blog’s Chicago readers), stop by Honky Tonk BBQ.  Or, if you need a party catered in the Chicagoland area, Honky Tonk can do that too.  Not only can they supply championship shoulder, but also beef brisket, lamb, chicken, ribs, bratwurst, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, or even the whole hog.  Their mobile kitchen can handle parties of 25 to 1200.  “We come prepared,” says their site.

Hmmm I haven’t been to Chicago since 1997… once I accumulate some more days off, I may have to make a trip that way later this summer.