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Summary

Li'l Porgy's Barbecue is incredibly good 'cause they cook it on wood - hickory to be exact. After over 30 years, Li'L Porgy's is still whipping up 50-gallon batches of BBQ sauce every day and serving all orders with two slices of white bread.

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You may not see Li'L Porgy's Bar-B-Q from the street, but you're likely to smell it. The meandering aroma of hickory smoke attracts hungry citizens of all types. Mercedes and pick-up trucks mingle in the parking lot as their owners get their fix of genuine hickory-smoked barbecue. At the front of the restaurant, proudly displayed behind a pane of glass, are rows of chicken, ribs and pork roasting to perfection above a crackling fire.

Dennis Reed and Bill Van opened the original Li'L Porgy's in Urbana in 1979. Back then, they were just about the only barbecue place in town, and many people viewed it as an odd concept. Dennis and Bill got their BBQ sauce recipe from a friend in Chicago, who thoughtlessly let them have it, figuring their restaurant wouldn't last long. But after over 30 years, Li'L Porgy’s is still in business, whipping up 50-gallon batches of BBQ sauce every day. Not much has changed either; all orders still come with french fries, BBQ sauce and two slices of white bread. There's a different special every day, but the most popular is Sunday’s 1/2 chicken special: chicken, fries and a drink for just 5 bucks!

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  • Occasions and Setting:


    Quick Takeout Charming Casual Out with Kids
  • Price Range (Entree):

    $6.00 - $16.00
  • Parking:

    Parking lot
  • Payments:

    Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Amex
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  • Honestly, inside it looks super shady but the food is great.

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  • Love their rib tips. Step in around 5:30 to grab them, because that's when it's consistently cooked for the right amount of time!

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  • People say Black Dog is the best in town, but you cannot beat Lil Porgy's rib tips! Black dog has the atmosphere and beer list, but food is awesome here.

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Hours

Sunday - Thursday
11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday
11:00am - 10:00pm
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LiL Porgy's BBQ

Profile map address icon 11f0cd8aebea22e6f57dcb7b0690cddd49ebcf99c3db82a221d0a2bbc49f9202 1917 W. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

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