Real Urban BBQ Catering & Events

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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.”

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Service Specialties

Catering, Bakery/Cakes, Bartending

Awards, Recognition, and Accreditations

  • Chicago Magazine's "Hot List" and Reader’s Choice “Best BBQ”
  • 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
  • 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
  • Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America
  • Second Place for Burnt Ends Mac & Cheese at Chicago Mac & Cheese Fest
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