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‘I’m drunk on meat’ – KQX Morning Crew co-host Brian and I take on a 7-pound food challenge (Episode 206)

Two men. Seven pounds of meat. Dizziness and bliss were equal parts of the experience.

Posted in BBQ restaurants Media guests Restaurateurs Suburbs

‘Abe doesn’t deserve to eat here’ – Abe Kanan and Dan “Bass” Levy at the phenomenal Chicago Culinary Kitchen (Episode 170)

This is a glorious episode, as returning guests/friends Abe Kanan and Dan “Bass” Levy meet me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) to try the…

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Marina City talks about the WKQX Piqniq and Next2Rock while devouring City BBQ’s menu (Episode 164)

Chicago band-on-the-rise, 101 WKQX Piqniq artist and national Next2Rock finalist, Marina City jumps in the car for a wild, delicious romp through the menu of recently-opened restaurant City Barbeque in…

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Meat, beer, tattoos, skulls, rock and roll… and roller derby. The Chicago Outfit joins me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen (Episode 159)

SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE This week takes Car Con Carne to Palatine for the exceptional-beyond-words, I swear I’m not exaggerating, amazing Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N. Quentin Road Palatine, IL…

Posted in BBQ restaurants Suburbs

A life in BBQ: Talking restaurant business with Real Urban Barbecue’s Jeff Shapiro (Episode 116)

I’m joined by Real Urban Barbecue owner Jeff Shapiro at his new location at 5238 Touhy in Skokie (“Smokie”). I’ve been going to his Highland Park location for years, and…

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‘Disturbing’ restaurant practice 86’d / ‘JVO sandwich’ sales steady: Epic Deli’s Tyler Wildey at BBQ’d (Episode 44)

This week’s episode finds the Mazda 3 in Grayslake, IL for BBQ’D, a barbecue joint recommended by guest Tyler Wildey. Tyler’s the man behind the insane sandwich shop Epic Deli,…

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In-car performance with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes (Episode 39)

This episode is a Car Con Carne first: A live-to-tape in-car performance, courtesy of Smoking Popes lead singer Josh Caterer! While parked in the lot of The Texan in Algonquin,…

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Bomb scares, highbrow content and Phil Collins: Lillie’s Q with co-host “Hot Doug” Sohn (Episode 36)

“Hot Doug” (Doug Sohn) sits shotgun for a trip to Wicker Park. James talks about a bomb scare he lived through in Rosemont. And James and Doug go back and…

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Rock ‘N Ribs with guest host Alex Quigley (Episode 35)

Chicago media favorite Alex Quigley (The Fox, WGN, Q101, Rivet) sits shotgun for a trip to the unfortunately-named Rock ‘N Ribs in Lake Zurich. James and Alex talk about rock…

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Show pilot preparation: finished

We’re ready to roll on our pilot this evening, with our confirmed “ride-along” backseat guest Elliott Serrano. We have menus and scorecards ready; let the BBQ quest begin!