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Hickory River Smokehouse

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5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
309-683-1227
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Takeout

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  • 126
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I love BBQ, and this place rates at the top of the pack!

Yes, it's semi-self serve. So are most joints, so that doesn't bother me like others who reviewed here at tripadvisor. I think the pulled pork is one of the best I've had anywhere in the USA. Great smoked flavor without being overpowered, seasoned superbly. Brisket, same story. The sauce, best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ray M
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Decatur, Illinois
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Decatur, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it's semi-self serve. So are most joints, so that doesn't bother me like others who reviewed here at tripadvisor. I think the pulled pork is one of the best I've had anywhere in the USA. Great smoked flavor without being overpowered, seasoned superbly. Brisket, same story. The sauce, best ketchup based sauce I've tasted anywhere, second to none. I... More 

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Thank Ray M
Buffalo Grove
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The food is fine, but nothing to write home about. The cornbread is incredibly dry, and the sauces are the incredibly sweet Kansas city style

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Thank Jane B
illinois
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I have never had more terrible, overpriced bbq. The ribs were dry and no sauce. The mac n cheese tastes like it had cheese wiz on it. The mashed potatoes were ok, but were served with a very small soufflé cup of instant gravy. I had never been there before and I will never go again.

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Thank sarah k
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I tried the food for the first time at a wedding and highly enjoyed the bbq! Beans were good as well. I'm planning to visit the restaurant very soon.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Springfield, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Mash potatoes are fake and bad cole slaw was worse. And BBQ CAME OUT OF A HEATED DREWER. NOT GOOD!!!

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1 Thank earl r
Peoria, Illinois
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98 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Love their brisket ! Really moist and flavorful. My only complaint about this place is their beans- they just are not that good- sort of like eating chili - other than that... the staff is so nice and all the other sides are great- they get the food out fast, hot and fresh ! So Good !

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Thank pickEeater13
Galva, Illinois
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100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I stopped here for lunch on my way through the other day. Had not been here in a couple of years, as the last visit did not leave me yearning for a return visit. I will say the food was better than I had remembered from a couple of years back. The pork and brisket was pretty good, but the... More 

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Thank Greg P
TENNESSEE
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Mike did a catering on 10/23/2015 for my sons resheral dinner, The food was fantastic we are from North Carolina which is BQ country but this BQ was GREAT! The service was just as good. It is very hard to plan a resheral dinner when you are 700 miles away they made it soooo easy for me , Thanks Hickory... More 

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Thank BUBBA86
East Peoria, Illinois
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Hickory River Smokehouse has the best beef brisket around! When we want beef brisket this is the first and only place on our minds. The service is always friendly, courteous and speedy!

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Thank DrBret
Danvers, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

I am a BBQ lover, but my son does better in our backyard. BBQ sauce tastes like ketchup. Smothered on everything to cover dry meat. Very disappointed. I had friends say Springfield and Champaign locations were great, but this one was very bad.

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Thank Ginger R
mjohnstone1, Manager at Hickory River Smokehouse, responded to this review

To each their own i guess. As you can see from our many more favorable reviews we are not a one star restaurant. We ask every customer if they would like their sauce on the meat or on the side so their definitely was an option as to whether you wanted it on the meat or not. If something was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5101 W. Holiday Dr., Peoria, IL 61615
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peoria
  • Phone Number: 309-683-1227

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?