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Southbank Original Barbecue is Yorkville’s local barbecue restaurant that is known for real slow, smoked barbecue on the banks of the Fox River. Our smoker is running all the time, ready to serve our guests 7 days a week. Open late until 10 each night, we will be sure to serve up exceptional wood cooked barbecue and other meaty favorites. The menu features delicious specialties such as baby back ribs, tri-tip beef, steak nights, and crawfish boils.

We are a casual Barbecue joint where everything is wood cooked. We’re not going to do your regular barbecue, competition-style. We’re doing what you want to eat at home. All of our meats are smoked low and slow over oak and hickory. The sauces are unique, homemade, and self-served to your liking. Additionally, most of our seating is outdoors on the patio along the river, making for a relaxing and rustic dining experience.

Greg Freeman, owner of Freeman's Sports Inc. and the building where Southbank Original Barbecue is located calls it "Beer, Bait & Barbecue" because he will still be offering fishing supplies and limited canoe rentals in the small store partitioned off to the left of the restaurant. Freeman's has been in that location for 45 years. Be sure to stop into Southbank Original Barbecue today.


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