#047: Mike Mills and Amy Mills Share Their Legendary Lives in Barbecue – 17th Street BBQ

Mike Mills & Amy Mills – 17th Street BBQ – @17thstreetbbq – Murphysboro, Illinois

*This podcast recorded at the River Ranch Stockyards during the National Barbecue & Grilling Association’s #IAMBBQ2018 National Trade Show and Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.



In 2012 the National Barbecue & Grilling Association (NBBQA) hosted their annual trade show and conference in San Diego, California. During that NBBQA Conference, Gene Goycochea of Cali Comfort BBQ lobbied successfully to get Cali Comfort BBQ on the BBQ Bus Tour of San Diego. During that BBQ Bus Tour, Mike Mills and Amy Mills visited Cali Comfort BBQ in Spring Valley and their curiosity and humbleness had a profound impact on Shawn, his wife and his entire team.
After Amy Mills and Mike Mills published their second book, “Praise The Lard,” Shawn reached out on Instagram direct message to see if they could interview Amy on a Behind The Smoke Podcast. He did not know at the time that they would get that opportunity at NBBQA’s Trade Show and Annual Conference at the River Ranch, Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas for #IAMBBQ2018.
In the world of barbecue, Champion Pit Master Mike Mills is affectionately known as “The Legend.” He presides over the pits at his two nationally acclaimed 17th Street Barbecue restaurants in Southern Illinois.
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.
Mike is the only barbecuer with top-security clearance to board Air Force One and he's the only barbecuer who's been featured in Vogue magazine four times!
Named Best Ribs in America by Bon Appétit magazine (September 2007) and featured on the Food Network special Bon Appétit Picks the Best.
Restaurants & Institutions (September 2007) magazine called Mike America's most-revered barbecue restaurateur.
For 13 years, Mike was the only three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. His record was tied in 2007.
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.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Mike Mills

17th Street BBQ

17th Street BBQ on Twitter

About Amy and Mike Mills

17th Street BBQ on Instagram

17th Street BBQ Blog

Southern Illinois Former Miner, Metropoulos wins home run derby over Canseco {18:14}

Local Man Recalls Clinton’s Love of Baby Back Ribs {19:38}


Purchase Cool 17th Street BBQ Swag

Praise The Lard – Autographed Book


Oncue Consulting Upcoming Class April 9-10, 2018

2018 Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off – “Praise The Lard”

Big Apple Barbecue – NYC, June 9-10, 2018

Mike Mills Barbecue Hall of Fame Bio

@BBQWarStories Weekly Social Shout Out:
@gulfcoastbbq – Winner of a sexy new #BehindTheSmoke Mug

Shareable Quotes From This Podcast:

Barbecue = Food + Family + Love
“Following up is not only half the battle in PR & Marketing, it’s the whole battle.” Amy Mills {32:50}
“If you do not have a customer, then you are on break, if you have a customer in line, then you are not on break.” – Mike Mills {34:35}
“Marso’s don’t take breaks.


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