It’s high summer, heatwaves are rolling across parts of the country, temperatures in the midwest stretch into the 90’s, and few people are excited at the prospect of turning on an oven. Better to not heat up the kitchen when the mercury is rising. Here’s an idea: gather up some friends and pile the kids in the car, grab a spacious blanket, find a tree with some generous shade, and roll through Hickory River’s drive-thru on your way to it.

All of our four Illinois and one Ohio locations have drive-thrus ready to serve up juicy, delicious, hand-rubbed and slow-smoked Texas barbecue for your July picnics, so you can focus on spending time with friends and family and staying cool!

Whether you’re in the mood for some delectable tender brisket, saucy pulled pork, smoky and succulent baby back ribs, or all of the above, Hickory River is the practical solution for impromptu picnics or catered parties. In addition to those southern staples, we have genuine hickory-smoked chicken, turkey, pork loin, ham, and polish sausage, all exploding with flavor and guaranteed to satisfy the tastes of everyone in your crowd.

Complement your mouthwatering BBQ with our plentiful sides, all perfected in true Texas tradition: potato salad, cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, green beans, ranch beans, Texas style chili, cornbread, and more. And of course, don’t forget to pick up a pan of homemade cherry cobbler for dessert, and a jug of ice-cold sweet tea to wash it all down.

Let a Hickory River drive-thru make your summer picnic an easy retreat from the heat with our finger-licking, award-winning Texas barbecue. You’ll be so thrilled at the combination of effortless and delicious, it might just be September before y’all decide to turn your oven on again!


Posted by Hickory River on Jul 15, 2021