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jeffdh52 02-10-2013 06:30 AM

17th Street BBQ
 
My family and I were in Southern Illinois yesterday for a volleyball tourney and spent the night in Marion. Behind our hotel was Mike Mills 17th St BBQ. I have to say I was excited to finally have the opportunity to sample his Q. Well I have to say I felt like a kid that didn't get what he wanted for Christmas. I know it's hard to mass produce great BBQ but I was still disappointed. It wasn't bad, but not what I expected from the celebrated pit master. The night wasn't all lost the beer was cold.

Missed-Em 02-10-2013 06:53 AM

Had theirs at the State Fair Conservation area and also was not impressed. Too bad, I was really excited when I saw they were there.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 02-10-2013 07:23 AM

Just curious, did you see any signs of real wood or smoke?

Big George's BBQ 02-10-2013 07:38 AM

I have never been overly excited about the food when I have gone to a BBQ place- usually I am very disappointed

dwfisk 02-10-2013 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Big George's BBQ (Post 2361730)
I have never been overly excited about the food when I have gone to a BBQ place- usually I am very disappointed

I tend to agree with a couple of exceptions:
(1) the more the place looks like a one-off dump/joint the better the Q; and,
(2) on a recent trip to Texas hill country I had a chance to rund down to Kreuz Market in Lockhart and Franklin's in Austin and both definetly lived up to their reputations.

Red Valley BBQ 02-10-2013 09:15 AM

You have to remember that Mike really made a name for himself on the competition circuit. It is next to impossible to create competition quality bbq and keep it affordable. There are alot of good bbq joints out there, but it is hit and miss with the competition guys. For example, Tuffy Stone's Q Barbeque is quite good, but Lee Ann Whippen's Wood Chicks not so much.

Bbq Bubba 02-10-2013 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by HeSmellsLikeSmoke (Post 2361724)
Just curious, did you see any signs of real wood or smoke?

They cook on gas smokers.

Pappy 02-10-2013 04:11 PM

Did you ask for the "Good Stuff"?


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