First BBQ and Country Music Fest Brings a Blast of Nashville to River North
Does Chicago need yet another summer festival? Yes! Especially when it’s got smoking-hot country music stars, barbecue pit masters and an inventive head chef from Bub City calling the shots. The Windy City Smokeout two-steps into town this weekend.
We admit it: When we first heard about this new festival getting ready to smoke up the joint it was a bit of a head-scratcher. Country music in … Chicago? In the upscale-climbing River North neighborhood at Rush and Illinois? C’mon. But who better to make this city a believer than Chef Doug Psaltis of Bub City restaurant, part of the Lettuce Entertain You brands. Psaltis, a rock-star chef who’s fired up the kitchens at the celebrated RPM Italian and Paris Club restaurants, is carving his signature on Chicago-style barbecue. It’s different, kids. And you have a whole weekend to sample the juicy bits at the three-day Windy City Smokeout.
Psaltis says they’ll serve up a few Bub City specialties, including beef brisket, pulled pork and spicy barbecue pork rinds. “We’ll also debut two new house-made ice cream flavors I think people are really going to enjoy,” says the cooking prodigy who was practically born to lead a Michelin-star eatery. We ask you, who could resist peanut butter and jelly or apple pie-flavored ice cream?