About Us

Our Story.

After a lifetime of running Chicago’s finest restaurants, Jeff Shapiro brings his passion to life! Jeff has had a lifelong obsession for the best foods, and ultimately, the best BBQ. This led him to travel the Midwest, the Carolinas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. He also hit the competitive BBQ circuit, known as Dr. Deckle & Mr. Hide. After winning a few trophies and gaining recognition, it was time to open a real restaurant where everyone could enjoy the flavors. The journey continues right here, where Jeff is sharing his love of the craft with you! It is his commitment every day to bring food lovers all over Chicagoland the best “Real Urban Barbecue.”

The Rumor Is True.

We may run out of food! Yes, it may happen. We smoke enough BBQ daily to keep it fresh and keep our promise of the best quality. So when we’re out, we’re out! Please forgive us if your favorite item is not available. We promise it will be back again tomorrow!

We Love to Talk 'Cue!

The Real Urban Barbecue Team loves to conduct demonstrations and make media appearances. If you'd like to talk to us, just click the link below to email our media contact firm. We'd love to work with you!

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Awards & Accolades

Chicago Magazine's "Hot List" and Reader’s Choice “Best BBQ”


Included in Chicago Magazine’s Field Guide to Highland Park as a top dining destination


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


Named one of Chicago’s best spots for barbecue by Make It Better Magazine


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


Second Runner Up & Best Presentation at the 2015 Mac & Cheese Fest


Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson


Favorite among celebrities and athletes


Official Barbecue of the USO of Illinois