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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