From July 10-12, Chicago is going to get a lot more country. The Windy City Smokeout will fill the city with delicious scents of meaty BBQ from expert pit masters and melodious music from top country stars. While everyone at the incredible event is sure to have a killer time (how could you not with constant supply of craft brews and sticky barbecued ribs?), the fest’s musical entertainment is sure to include a few songs about heartbreak—we are talking country music after all. Here, some of the artists and pit masters from the Smokeout’s lineup share their best cures for an ailing heart (many of which involve bourbon).
Musician: Chris Stapleton
Heartbreak Cure: Bourbon—preferably Single Barrel Colonel E.H. Taylor with ice. “That’s my recipe for curing a broken heart,” he says. “It’s not hard to find in any city.”
Pit Master: Scott Roberts, The Salt Lick; Round Rock, Austin, and Driftwood, TX
Heartbreak Cure: Grease. “The only true cure for a broken heart is good grease,” he says. “I’d go with chicken-fried steak and a side of chili cheese fries at the Hays City Store Cage in Driftwood, Texas. Of course, I only speculate as no woman has ever broken this heart.”