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Jeff Shapiro

Real Urban Barbecue

Jeff Shapiro's Real Urban Barbecue (In Highland Park and Vernon Hills) wins accolades including Chicago Magazine's "Hot List," and Chicago Tribune's "Essential Barbecue Bites." It has been voted "Best BBQ" by the readers of Make It Better Magazine as well as the Highland Park Patch. Recently Real Urban Barbecue is the only restaurant to take home awards in both the Judges Choice and People's Choice categories at Ribfest 2012 in Chicago.

Prior to opening Real Urban Barbecue, Shapiro worked for Lettuce Entertain You for 14 years at restaurants including Bones, RJ Grunts, Bub City, Pappagus and PJ Clarke's. He most recently served as director of operations of Carmichael's Steak House in Chicago for six years. Shapiro has been winning trophies in the BBQ competition circuit for many years under the team name Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. Well before "urban barbecue" became the trend it is today, Shapiro's feverish passion has had him touring the major BBQ markets of Midwest, the Carolinas, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

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