Review: Larry’s Pit BBQ – Christopher, IL

Larry’s Pit BBQ is a little joint near my hometown and has always been one of my favorite places to eat when I visit my folks.  This past weekend, we had reason to make the trip and my wife suggested Larry’s for lunch as she’s a huge fan of their baked beans.

It appears that Larry’s business has grown nicely over the years, the building has been expanded and the parking lot improved.  Heck, they even have a drive thru now.  I’m glad to see a local joint like this doing so well. 

One of the things that I’ve always like about Larry’s is their sauce and the relish that they serve on their sandwich (optionally).  They call it “chow” and I think it’s a great twist on the practice of putting slaw on a BBQ sandwich.  Their sauce is a pretty traditional Memphis style sauce, and they have it in both mild and hot varities.

Larry’s serves pretty good pork BBQ, smoked turkey & chicken, and farm raised catfish.  In fact, there were probably as many people eating fish as there were eating BBQ.  I ordered my ususal jumbo pork sandwich with “chow” and their hot BBQ sauce.  It’s funny that I’d never noticed before that their pork appears to be thinly sliced pork loin rather than pork butt or shoulder.  As I thought about it, I believe it’s always been that way but I’m a little more educated on the subject now than I used to be.


Portions are very generous and their BBQ sandwich plate is served with 3 sides.  Most joints only serve 1 or 2 sides with a sandwich.  The menu is extensive and the prices are very reasonable, giving them high marks in the “value” category.

Here’s how I’d rate Larry’s BBQ:

  • BBQ – B
  • Side Dishes – A
  • Atmosphere – A
  • Value – A
  • Overall – A-



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