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Our staff weighs in on the burbs' best barbecue

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Pulled pork sandwich with fries and coleslaw, served at JD's Q and Brew, Arlington Heights, is one of the best in the suburbs.

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Complete your baby back rib dinner with candied sweet potatoes coleslaw and a corn muffin at JD's Q and Brew in Arlington Heights.

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The smoked Texas-style brisket at Main Street Smokehouse in Libertyville is the best around.

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Chef Larry Raymond prepares ribs at Sweet Baby Ray's. The eatery, with locations in Elk Grove Village and Wood Dale, is a local favorite.

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If you can't make it to Uncle Bub's Westmont restaurant, look for its famous 'cue at rib fests around the suburbs.

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Want a little atmosphere with your tasty 'cue? Texan Bar-B-Q in Algonquin is the place for you.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Ribs come slathered with barbecue sauce and cooked on the grill at the Texan Bar-B-Q in Algonquin.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Sure, Alfie's Inn, doesn't have the word 'barbecue' in it's name, but it's still a favored spot for tender-sauced ribs, like these Alejandro Figueroa recently prepared.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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2013 could go down as the Summer of Barbecue. Slow-cooked spiced, smoked and sauced meats are everywhere ... in new barbecue shacks in Naperville clear up to Gurnee. Daily Herald staffers tell us where they go when they have a hankering for some great 'cue.
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    • Pulled pork sandwich with fries and coleslaw, served at JD's Q and Brew, Arlington Heights, is one of the best in the suburbs.
    •  Complete your baby back rib dinner with candied sweet potatoes coleslaw and a corn muffin at JD’s Q and Brew in Arlington Heights.
    •  The smoked Texas-style brisket at Main Street Smokehouse in Libertyville is the best around.
    •  Chef Larry Raymond prepares ribs at Sweet Baby Ray’s. The eatery, with locations in Elk Grove Village and Wood Dale, is a local favorite.
    •  If you can’t make it to Uncle Bub’s Westmont restaurant, look for its famous ‘cue at rib fests around the suburbs.
    •  Want a little atmosphere with your tasty ‘cue? Texan Bar-B-Q in Algonquin is the place for you.
    •  Ribs come slathered with barbecue sauce and cooked on the grill at the Texan Bar-B-Q in Algonquin.
    •  Sure, Alfie’s Inn, doesn’t have the word ‘barbecue’ in it’s name, but it’s still a favored spot for tender-sauced ribs, like these Alejandro Figueroa recently prepared.
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