Artisanal house-made rubs, southern quality service and a modern ambiance combine to offer you the greatest BBq in Chicago. Great BBq is a passion, not a pastime. Before the sun rises, our chefs are smoking our signature, highest quality, Kobe brisket in our wood burning smokers to get the tender, made-from-scratch, deliciousness.
LEE ANN WHIPPEN Chef/Partner
* In addition to being our Chef Partner, Lee Ann Whippen is also President and Owner of Wood Chick’s BBQ Restaurants & Catering Company, Lead Pitmaster for Wood Chick’s BBQ Competition Cooking Team, a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, a former newspaper columnist, has 15 years in Hotel Catering Management, and more than 14 years cooking competitive BBQ.
*Chef Whippen founded Wood Chick’s BBQ Catering Company and BBQ Competition Team in Chesapeake, VA in 2002. In that short time, Wood Chick’s has won Multiple State BBQ Grand Championships and Awards in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, most recently winning the 2009 Virginia Grand Champion. The Wood Chick’s BBQ Catering Company had grown two-fold between 2002 & 2004 and added BBQ vending at various Fairs and Festivals in VA, MD, and NC.
* She has appeared in numerous TV, Radio and Print stories revolving around BBQ including all three seasons of TLC’s “BBQPitmasters” series .
* Chef Whippen won a competition on Food Network’s “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown” for best BBQ (pulled pork). She was selected to be in his new cookbook “Bobby Flay’s Favorite Throwdowns” (sold in our restaurant for $27). She has also appeared in “Bobby Flay’s Road Show 2”, Travel Channel, Today Show, The 700 Club, People Magazine (article focused on Extreme BBQ), WAVY TV, the Joel Rubin Show, and the Virginia Pilot. Her Beef Brisket recipe appears in the “2006 James Beard Award Winning” cookbook “The New American Cooking” by Joan Nathan. In 2007 she was 1 of 18 Chefs in the Country selected to compete on Versus Network’s “National BBQ Championship Series” competing for $100,000.
*Chef Whippen won Grand Champion this year at the Safeway National Bbq Battle in June 2012.