Doser: Lillie’s Q
Founder: Chef Charlie McKenna
Why we love him: McKenna’s recipes are tried and true — they’re all derived from family recipes passed down from his grandmother Lillie and his pit-master father, Quito, the namesakes for Lillie’s Q.
Products: McKenna’s line of spices and rubs, like the vinegary Carolina Gold and a smoke-tinged red sauce infused with “liquid smoke” (ie condensation collected from the restaurant’s smoker), that help you recreate the magic at home.
Spirit-driven: There are more than 40 all-American craft beers to be had at Lillie’s Q, including one designed especially for McKenna’s brand of barbecue by Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing. But you’ll find the real spirit of the South in Lillie’s Q specialty moonshine-based cocktails like the “Morning Lillie,” a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary.
Dose appearances: July 10, August 14 and September 25.