Kingsford loves Hecky’s

Our owner Hecky Powell was featured on Kingsford Charcoal’s Grill Stories. Check out the feature to learn more about our story and how we’ve grown to be Chicago’s favorite BBQ.



The Story

For 30 years, Hecky's Barbecue in Evanston, IL. has been serving up some of the best BBQ in the nation. Order some of our tasty BBQ ranging from Pulled Pork to Rib Tips to Sweet Potato Pie and of course Hecky's famous Barbecue Sauce from a Creole family recipe.

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We love our community

Before he became known for his barbecue sauce, Hecky Powell was the Executive Director of Neighbors at Work, a community economic development association in Evanston.

But after years in social service, he felt he could do more for the community by giving local kids jobs and teaching them a trade. He bought the small restaurant at the corner of Emerson and Green Bay Roads in 1983, and Hecky’s Barbecue was born.

To continue in this mindset of giving back, the Forrest E. Powell Foundation was founded in 1994, honoring the legacy of work ethic that built Hecky's Barbecue, and continues through annual vocational scholarships.

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Buy our Sauce in Stores!

We are proud to have our sauce in 4 local grocery stores in the Chicago area as well as available through Amazon Fresh! Stop in your local store to pick up our delicious sauce so you can enjoy authentic Hecky's sauce anytime.