Enjoy Red, White and Barbecue in McHenry County

The recipe for a perfect Fourth of July calls for sunshine, fireworks and delicious smoked barbecue! In honor of this festive national holiday, we compiled a list of some of McHenry County’s best barbecue joints for your enjoyment.

Hickory Pit.: Don’t let the casual ambiance fool you, Hickory Pit is considered to be one of the best barbecue restaurants in McHenry, located only minutes away from Gerstad Builders’ new home community in Liberty Trails. The professionals at Hickory Pit view cooking smoky, richly flavored barbecue as an art form. Their menu includes a range of items from pulled pork and brisket sandwich platters to American classics like burgers and sloppy joes. Having an event? A full-catering service is also available.

BBQ King Smokehouse: For the past eight years, this Woodstock smokehouse founded by two brothers has been wowing crowds and building a loyal following of fans. Built from recycled barn wood, the restaurant has grown into a delicious place to chow down and hang out with friends and family. All dishes at the BBQ King Smokehouse are crafted from tried and true family recipes and are always served up fresh.

Texan Bar-B-Q: Located in Algonquin, this restaurant gets its name from cooking its ‘cue the Texas way – slow and steady over freshly cut hickory logs. Fine quality meats like hickory smoked ribs, beef, pork and chicken are grilled and smoked to perfection and topped with homemade sauce. The restaurant also offers a catering business called Chuck Wagon Catering and will even roast a pig for your next event!

Smokey’s Bar-B-Que House: Home owners in Gerstad’s Bailey Estates community who are planning on celebrating the Fourth of July at Lake Geneva this year will still be able to enjoy a satisfying barbecue lunch! Don’t miss this popular restaurant at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark. The menu features a combination of barbecue and traditional entrees to satisfy every appetite, and even features a two-pound burger challenge for anyone who is feeling especially hungry and daring.

Much like these delicious restaurants are on fire for barbecue, Gerstad Builders is passionate about building high quality new homes at affordable prices in this fantastic area, with communities in McHenry, Williams Bay, Richmond and Poplar Grove. For more information about local restaurants, community events and new home opportunities, be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit the Gerstad Builders website today.