Barbecue sauce has lucrative market with Chicago flavor
National sauce-makers are based here, and Bucktown niche producer Lillie’s Q charges a premium
Lillie’s Q bottles its “Smoky” barbecue sauce in its restaurant at 1856 W. North Ave. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2013)
Sales of barbecue sauce tend to reflect not only the sweet and sour cultural tastes of America, but also the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. economy. As the economy improves and more people eat out, barbecue restaurants like Lillie Q’s expect to benefit, but overall bottled barbecue sauce sales growth is forecast to be relatively modest.