OUR SOUTHERN ROOTS
Serving up Southern BBQ that’s true to regional traditions while still creating unique, reimagined flavors is an art form in itself. Thanks to Grandma Lillie, a full family lineage of BBQ passion, and a commitment to craft, we believe we’ve mastered it. And with four restaurants and a variety of sauces, rubs, mixes and more – we’re excited to show you why its unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.
FOUNDER & CREATOR
Growing up in Greenville, SC, Charlie McKenna learned very early on about the art of true Southern BBQ. Grandma Lillie made sure of it. So when Charlie first opened the flagship Lillie’s Q restaurant in Chicago, the goal was simple: Create a Southern-inspired BBQ experience that’s true to regional traditions and reimagined into unique, authentic and delicious flavors. And he hasn’t slowed down since. With multiple restaurants and a variety of sauces, rubs, mixes and more - we’re excited to show you why it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.
Made WITH SMOTHERLY LOVE
We call it Smotherly Love – in all its sweet, savory, Southern glory. We believe BBQ worth writing home about starts with 100% natural ingredients worth scouring for. So with every bite, know you’re enjoying flavors as authentic as the places
they come from.
Spicy cayenne form Memphis. Black Pepper from Northern Alabama. Apple and Lime Juices from West half of the Carolinas, vinegar from the East and tangy mustard from the South.
It’s tradition you can taste.
2X WORLD BARBEQUE CHAMPIONS
Including two Memphis in May victories and a variety of other awards on the competitive BBQ circuit, we’re proud to have added to our mantles at home. The work is long, rigorous and takes a small village. But damn if isn’t delicious.