Southern IL town closer to being named state's BBQ capital city
The Travel Channel named Murphysboro as one of eight “BBQ Paradises.” (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
The resolution is also being sponsored by Representative Brandon Phelps. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Mill said Murphysboro has a rich history in barbecuing and should be recognized. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
For Mills, who has owned his restaurant since 1985, cooking has become a way of life. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -
The town of Murphysboro, Illinois is a step closer to being named the BBQ Capital of Illinois.
State Representative, and Murphsyboro native, Terri Bryant received unanimous support for a resolution advanced through the Illinois House Tourism and Conventions Committee on Tuesday, April 22.
“Illinois faces many serious financial challenges right now. So, I think it's time we started thinking outside the box and promoting the good things we have to offer,” Bryant said. “We need to attract tourism dollars to our region. This measure is simply one way we can say we're proud of our area and we have a lot to offer.”
The resolution is also being sponsored by Representative Brandon Phelps.
Murphysboro is home to the annual “Praise the Lard” BBQ Cook-off which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and the Memphis Barbecue Network.
The Travel Channel named Murphysboro as one of eight “BBQ Paradises.”
Murphysboro is also home to National BBQ Hall of Fame pit masters Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill and Pat Burke of Pat's BBQ and Catering. Mills and Burke are Illinois' only National BBQ Hall of Fame members.
Mill said Murphysboro has a rich history in barbecuing and should be recognized.
“It's not a concept it's a culture," Mills said. "And Murphysboro's had that over a period of over a hundred years."
For Mills, who has owned his restaurant since 1985, cooking has become a way of life.
“But all barbecue, I appreciate each and every piece of it for what it happens to be," Mills said.
Bryant said the idea for the measure was brought to her by Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens.
Stephens said he is proud that the measure received unanimous committee support, and encouraged Illinoisans to continue to contact members of the General Assembly in Springfield to urge that the measure pass the House and Senate.
An online petition in support of the resolution can be found by clicking here.