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What local barbecue legend Mike Mills served at the James Beard House

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

072111_millsOn Friday, July 15, legendary pitmaster Mike Mills, along with his daughter Amy Mills and the rest of his pit crew, prepared a barbecue bonanza at the James Beard House in New York City, a right of passage in the culinary world. Mills is the owner of four 17th Street Bar & Grill locations in Southern Illinois, as well as three Memphis Championship Barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas. He also contributed expert ‘cueing tips to the barbecue package in our June issue.

The five-course menu, designed to bring a taste of Southern Illinois to The Big Apple, featured meat-laden classics like pork shoulder tacos, brisket, burnt ends and 17th Street’s famous ribs along with innovative twists on Southern specialties such as a collard greens and grits parfait. Also paired with the meal were brews by Big Muddy Brewing, a craft brewery located in Murphysboro, Ill. Here’s a look at the complete menu.

Cascading fountain of St. Louis red sauce
Skewers of smoked Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin, turkey and Virginia ham

Crispy Soul Rolls and Mills’ family mustard sauce
Fried dill pickles and dipping sauce
Fresh pork rinds with Vidalia onion soufflé

Pink Pull Your Panties Down Punch

Creamy deviled eggs, pimento cheese and Fontanini hot links
Twomey Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Smithfield pork shoulder taco with crunchy cole slaw and fresh lime
Coal-fired Mexican-style corn
Big Muddy Brewing Saluki Dunkel Dog

Creekstone Farms sliced brisket, moist and lean, and burnt ends
17th Street tangy pit beans
Hogue Cellars Genesis Columbia Valley Syrah 2007

World Grand Champion Wichita packing baby back ribs
Sliced money muscle
Hagood Mill grits and collard greens parfaits
Big Muddy Brewing Kinkaid Wheat

Comforting bread pudding with praline sauce, toasted pecans and pig candy
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey

— Photo by David Grunfeld

’Cue congrats

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Mike Mills, owner of seven well-regarded barbecue restaurants, including 17th Street Bar & Grill in O’Fallon and Murphysboro, Ill., has just been honored with yet another award. Mills – a four-time world champion and three-time grand world champion at Memphis in May – received the judge’s choice award at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn., over the weekend. Mills was chosen for the honor by his peers: nine past winners of the award.

“Mike Mills puts a tremendous amount of effort into promoting the barbecue community and industry as a whole,” said competitor and writer Rocky Danner in a press release. “An elite group of his peers overwhelmingly voted to recognize his contribution and legacy.”

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