• Mike Sula
  • One of these is not like the other

“You will not need an experienced ‘pit man’ to turn out great barbecue.”

So goes the boilerplate for the Oyler Pit, a legendary wood-burning rotisserie barbecue smoker not often seen outside of Texas. There’s one in Chicago, though, in use at Big Bricks, the North Center pizza/barbecue joint from Bricks owner Bill Brandt, which opened in February with surprisingly little fanfare relative to the glut of new meat smokers that have come upon us in recent times.