REAL URBAN BARBECUE

Real Urban BBQ RUB ClubReal Urban Barbecue, located in Downtown Highland “Pork” has been slow-smoking perfection in the heart of Port Clinton Square since November 2010.

Chicago’s Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dining, 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 from the Real Urban Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For more information and catering visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com

Real Urban Barbecue also has locations in Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and is NOW OPEN in Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).

Follow RUB on Twitter @RealUrbanBBQ and become a fan on Facebook.
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
Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America
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.

 

LATEST NEWS

NLCS Game 4 tonight. Grab your Rally Packs to enjoy during the game featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
The Cubs are back on home turf and are ready to rally! Cheer on the boys while enjoying our game day Rally Pack featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Plus, dont forget the dessert! These awesome Cubs cookies are fresh from the Real Urban Bakery.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
Were here to brighten up your Monday by offering RUB Club members double points on all purchases today at all four locations!

Join us for Double Points Mondays every Monday in October.

PHOTOS

NLCS Game 4 tonight. Grab your Rally Packs to enjoy during the game featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
The Cubs are back on home turf and are ready to rally! Cheer on the boys while enjoying our game day Rally Pack featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Plus, don't forget the dessert! These awesome Cubs cookies are fresh from the Real Urban Bakery.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
We're here to brighten up your Monday by offering RUB Club members double points on all purchases today at all four locations!

Join us for Double Points Mondays every Monday in October.
October is #BreastCancerAwareness Month.   
This weekend stop in for our Pink Nachos with choice of smoked meat topping for $9.99; we're partnering with Don Pancho Power of Pink to benefit breast cancer services.
Hey, hey! Grab a 2-2 Tie Breaker Special for tonight's game! 2 Lbs Meat, 2 Pint Sides, Buns & Sauce $40!! Today only (October 12) at all four RUB locations. #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW
Attention RUB Club Members - We love you, so we are making the remainder of Mondays in October Double Points days at all four of our locations. Spread the word!
Join us today at Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on Penn State Nittany Lions at 11 a.m. Follow your nose to the food court and find our RUB booth to enjoy your BBQ favorites.

Missed us at the game? No worries! Head down the road to our new Skokie location (5238 W Touhy Ave) to get your BBQ fix.
We're celebrating National Taco Day the best way we know how... with a good ole Red Neck Taco piled high with the slow-smoked meat of your choice. 

Looking for a vegetarian option? Try our Tilapia Fish Tacos topped with pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and Cajun ranch dressing.
Happy Rosh Hashanah to our friends who are observing.
Who says a salad has to be boring? Our Southern Salad features lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, candied pecans, sweet corn, black beans, sliced avocado & fried onion strings. Top it with your favorite slow-smoked meat or add grilled portobello mushrooms for a vegetarian option. 

📸: @Patricia Graham
We had a special visitor at our Vernon Hills location last night! Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young. Thanks for coming by, Willie!
Our September Sauce of the Month is Harvest Apple. No apple picking necessary.
Attention RUB fans. Today we are thanking all of our hard working team members with a special employee appreciation party. All four locations will close at 3 p.m. We will resume regular business hours tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
RUB Management
Happy Labor Day, friends. All locations are open regular business hours today.

EVENTS

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  • REAL URBAN BARBECUE
REAL URBAN BARBECUE

REAL URBAN BARBECUE

Real Urban BBQ RUB ClubReal Urban Barbecue, located in Downtown Highland “Pork” has been slow-smoking perfection in the heart of Port Clinton Square since November 2010.

Chicago’s Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dining, 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 from the Real Urban Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For more information and catering visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com

Real Urban Barbecue also has locations in Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and is NOW OPEN in Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).

Follow RUB on Twitter @RealUrbanBBQ and become a fan on Facebook.
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
Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America
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.

 

CONTACT INFO


ADDRESS

610 CENTRAL AVE 177
HIGHLAND PARK IL 60035

LATEST NEWS

NLCS Game 4 tonight. Grab your Rally Packs to enjoy during the game featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
The Cubs are back on home turf and are ready to rally! Cheer on the boys while enjoying our game day Rally Pack featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Plus, dont forget the dessert! These awesome Cubs cookies are fresh from the Real Urban Bakery.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
Were here to brighten up your Monday by offering RUB Club members double points on all purchases today at all four locations!

Join us for Double Points Mondays every Monday in October.

PHOTOS

NLCS Game 4 tonight. Grab your Rally Packs to enjoy during the game featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
The Cubs are back on home turf and are ready to rally! Cheer on the boys while enjoying our game day Rally Pack featuring 2 pounds of meat (excluding ribs), 2 pint sides of your choice, buns & homemade BBQ sauce for $40.

Plus, don't forget the dessert! These awesome Cubs cookies are fresh from the Real Urban Bakery.

Available for dine in or carry out at all locations. Phone your order in or place online ahead of time for quick curb-side service. Meats selections are available only while supplies last. Reach any of our four locations by calling (847) 947-6474.
We're here to brighten up your Monday by offering RUB Club members double points on all purchases today at all four locations!

Join us for Double Points Mondays every Monday in October.
October is #BreastCancerAwareness Month.   
This weekend stop in for our Pink Nachos with choice of smoked meat topping for $9.99; we're partnering with Don Pancho Power of Pink to benefit breast cancer services.
Hey, hey! Grab a 2-2 Tie Breaker Special for tonight's game! 2 Lbs Meat, 2 Pint Sides, Buns & Sauce $40!! Today only (October 12) at all four RUB locations. #GoCubsGo #FlyTheW
Attention RUB Club Members - We love you, so we are making the remainder of Mondays in October Double Points days at all four of our locations. Spread the word!
Join us today at Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on Penn State Nittany Lions at 11 a.m. Follow your nose to the food court and find our RUB booth to enjoy your BBQ favorites.

Missed us at the game? No worries! Head down the road to our new Skokie location (5238 W Touhy Ave) to get your BBQ fix.
We're celebrating National Taco Day the best way we know how... with a good ole Red Neck Taco piled high with the slow-smoked meat of your choice. 

Looking for a vegetarian option? Try our Tilapia Fish Tacos topped with pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and Cajun ranch dressing.
Happy Rosh Hashanah to our friends who are observing.
Who says a salad has to be boring? Our Southern Salad features lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, candied pecans, sweet corn, black beans, sliced avocado & fried onion strings. Top it with your favorite slow-smoked meat or add grilled portobello mushrooms for a vegetarian option. 

📸: @Patricia Graham
We had a special visitor at our Vernon Hills location last night! Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young. Thanks for coming by, Willie!
Our September Sauce of the Month is Harvest Apple. No apple picking necessary.
Attention RUB fans. Today we are thanking all of our hard working team members with a special employee appreciation party. All four locations will close at 3 p.m. We will resume regular business hours tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
RUB Management
Happy Labor Day, friends. All locations are open regular business hours today.

EVENTS

No upcoming events