BBQ Restaurant East Peoria IL
A rack of smoked ribs, prepared by Smokin' Notes BBQ

Looking for the Best BBQ Restaurant in East Peoria IL?

You’ve found it! Smokin’ Notes BBQ is a top-rated BBQ restaurant in East Peoria IL, serving unique Southern tastes and homemade cooking that can’t be beaten. When dining at Smokin’ Notes, our guests enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, with delicious pork, beef, and chicken prepared the way you like. If you thought you’d only be able to find “good” barbecue in popular cities like Houston or Kansas City, now the best-smoked meat around is available in the Heart of Illinois! Stop by today!

Try Our Meat!

When it comes to BBQ joints, it’s all about the meat, and at Smokin’ Notes, we have precisely the meats you’re looking for. We purchase only the freshest cuts and smoke them over 12 hours to achieve a texture and flavor reminiscent of BBQ in Texas, Kansas, or the Carolinas. When smoked for this long, our meat gets a pink tinge called a “smoke-ring,” a true indicator of authentic BBQ. Finally, smothered in our signature BBQ sauce, our barbecue will take your senses on a trip like no other. Try one of our expertly-smoked meats, including:

  • Rib Tips
  • Pulled Bork
  • Beef Brisket
  • Gizzards & Livers
  • Ribs
  • Burnt Ends
  • Chicken

What About Sides?

No barbecue meal is complete without a delicious side or two. At Smokin’ Notes, our homemade sides embody the cooking of the South, with many comfort-food favorites to fill your belly and warm your soul. Customers can select from either our regular sides or specialty sides, with delicious options such as:

  • Annie’s Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Corn on the Cobb
  • Fries
  • Potato Salad
  • Green Beans
  • Candied Yams
  • Collard Greens
  • Fried Okra
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Onion Rings

Serving Up the Best!

If you thought Smokin’ Notes BBQ closed our doors in 2018, you’d be right. But now we’re back with better food, better employees, and a desire to feed Peoria residents with the best barbecue around! Since our return in 2022, we’ve become the highest-rated BBQ restaurant in East Peoria IL and the surrounding communities, continuing our legacy from before. Owners Nick and Anthony Riley didn’t stop smoking meat in the five years Smokin’ Notes was absent; both are now masters of their craft! If craving our delicious entrees, sides, appetizers and drinks, customers can dine in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Additionally, Smokin’ Notes provides catering services for parties and special events.

A closeup of smoked meats and sides, served by the best BBQ Restaurant in East Peoria IL

What’s for Dinner? It’s Smokin’ Notes!

Central Illinois residents thankfully don’t need to search far for mouth-watering smoked meats and exceptional homemade sides. When in the mood for barbecue, you can find the best when visiting the go-to BBQ restaurant for East Peoria IL: Smokin’ Notes BBQ. To learn more about our food, hours of operation, potential catering, and more, call 309-713-1772. Smokin’ Note’s BBQ is located at 400 Riverside Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611.