From the backwoods of the Carolinas, to the meat markets of Texas, to the hole-in-the-walls of Memphis, Q-BBQ was inspired by authentic barbeque traditions from across the country. Our smoked meats are cooked low and slow for up to 16 hours. Our sauces are homemade and our sides are from-scratch. But our flavors are far from ordinary. We’re taking America's original comfort food and adding our own signature style. Q-Style...we hope you’re ready for awesome.


10 years ago a group of friends had a vision for a modern version of an authentic BBQ restaurant that would feature quality food served in a quick casual setting. That vision became a reality in 2009, when La Grange became the first home of Q-BBQ. Here we fine tuned our signature sauces, dry rubbed chicken wings, pulled top-quality pork by hand and chopped brisket into cubes of caramelized burnt ends. Soon we had lines out the door. Lines of people wanting to be a part of something amazing. We were going to need more space.

Four stores and tens of thousands of raving fans later...we are just getting started. We’ve won Michelin Guide awards for culinary excellence (but truth be told our 2015 and 2016 People’s Choice trophies from Chicago’s Ribfest hold a more prominent place on our company mantel). We even had the gumption to open a surprise pop-up restaurant for a full week in Chicago’s tallest and best known building: Willis Tower. Twice.

But from La Grange to Naperville to Oak Park, our mission has remained the same: sell reasons to come back. We’re connecting every community with a Q-BBQ to that broad and traditional barbeque community at-large. For us, it’s a tradition that began when humans first gathered around a fire and smoked meats, told stories, and created the connections that (literally) started civilization. We’re proud to be a part of that, and we look forward to sharing it with you, again and again, and again…


As an independently owned and operated business serving the local community, we understand what it means to create longstanding relationships within the towns and villages that our smokers reside. It only makes sense to us to give back to those that drive our business: our neighbors.

Q-CARES: We created Q-Cares as a way to directly influence the neighborhoods and people who dine in our restaurants. Q-Cares is our partial proceeds fundraising program, in which we host your organization/club for a day and help raise money for your cause. To set up your Q-Cares date, stop in your local Q and see the Manager or drop us an email at

THE H FOUNDATION: For the past 19 years, one of the Q-BBQ founders, John Rot, has acted as President for the H-Foundation board, helping them to raise over $5 million in the name of basic science cancer research. Having donated nearly every dollar raised to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer center of Northwestern University, the H Foundation donations have literally turned into over 35 million of research dollars towards finding a cure. Q-BBQ is a proud partner and sponsor of their annual fundraiser, the Goombay Bash. To learn more or to attend the Goombay Bash, please visit