Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Wednesday, October 20

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Friday Foodporn: Fried Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash from the Purple Pig Ain't No Thing but a Chicken Wing »

Event Fri Jan 14 2011

Lillie's Q Now Offering The Whole Hog

Since opening in July, Lillie's Q has made quite an impression among Chicagoans as they voted the tri tip sandwich one of the best of 2010, and after trying this past week I can confirm it lives up to the hype. Now Chef Charlie McKenna is kind enough to offer us the whole hog -- competition BBQ style.

For $325, six to eight people can act as judges, as Chef McKenna will prep and present a 25-30 pound locally sourced hog. He'll start with his 15 ingredient "Carolina Dirt" rub (which should be noted is on the fries) and then smoke the hog for 10 hours.
Chef McKenna will present everything tableside before returning to the kitchen to cut the different parts of the hog and then re-presenting the cut meat. If you have questions feel free to ask! Chef McKenna will do a little Q&A while presenting.

All of the smoked whole hog dinners will feature the following parts of the hog:
* Ham (pulled)
* Belly/"bacon" (pulled)
* Shoulder (pulled)
* Tenderloin (cut)
* skin/"bark" (cut)
* natural juices from the whole smoked hog as a dipping sauce

Starters and sides included in the smoked whole hog dinners for the table are:
* hush puppies
* fried pickles
* coleslaw
* baked beans
* collard greens
* hand-cut French fries
* hand-cut sweet potato fries
* brioche buns to build sandwiches

As a fan of TLC's BBQ Pitmasters (Myron Mixon is a personal fave) this is about as exciting as it gets for me. I love most every kind of pork product and to have the opportunity to taste each part of the pig, a presentation by Chef McKenna, and all the sides, well, that's just hog heaven.

To take advantage of this awesome opportunity, make a reservation 48 hours in advance by calling Lillie's Q at 773.772.5500.

Lillie's Q
1856 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60606

GB store
GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15