About Mike Mills
In the world of barbecue, champion pitmaster Mike Mills is affectionately known as “The Legend.” He presides over the pits at his two nationally acclaimed 17th Street Barbecue barbecue restaurants in Southern Illinois.
In the early 1990s, he was co-captain of the Apple City Barbecue team, one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the 1992 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and he won the Jack Daniel’s Sauce Contest that year as well.
Mike is the barbecue guru at and a partner in Blue Smoke restaurant in New York City. He was a founding partner in Memphis Championship Barbecue in Las Vegas. His book, Peace, Love, and Barbecue was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Foundation award and received the 2006 National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence. In October 2008 he was honored with the Pioneer of Barbecue award at the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest. Mike was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010.
About Amy Mills
Barbecue heiress Amy Mills, daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills, is considered the industry’s go-to girl for all things barbecue. She is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Peace, Love and Barbecue, a television personality, and a branding, marketing and PR pro. Her company, OnCue Consulting, offers premiere barbecue industry education and she consults with restaurants and barbecuers world-wide.
Amy divides her time between Boston, Southern Illinois and barbecue destinations across the country. She always wanted to be a glamorous heiress. Little did she dream her fortune would lie in barbecue.
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We’ve been blessed with some very nice press and we are grateful!
You might have seen us on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate with Michael Symon and Food Feuds, where we were named Best Ribs in St. Louis, BBQ Paradise on the Travel Channel and Bon Appétit Picks the Best on the Food Network. Mike is also featured on two different episodes of Unwrapped and Playboy named us “Top 10 BBQ Joints” in America.
Watch Mike talk about 17th Street and his competition memories of Memphis May in these compelling audio slideshows produced by Mark Dolan, the BBQ Pilgrim.
This is a particularly good interview with Professor Salt and you can read and listen to this fun field trip we took with NPR’s Jennifer Ludden.
Tune into our YouTube Channel to watch Mike explaining the intricacies of judging a whole hog at a barbecue competition and on the streets of New York City at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.