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Praise the Lard! Pre-order our new book now!


Pre-order now from these booksellers:


Barnes & Noble

Indie Bound

We’ve been absent from this space for months while we’ve been hard at work on our upcoming book. We’re delighted to announce that you can now pre-order Praise the Lard from any of the links listed above.

While our first book Peace, Love, and Barbecue is about 17th Street — along with 50 or so of our closest friends — Praise the Lard is a deeper dive into our world. This book is a love letter to Murphysboro and to our family. It traces my daddy’s and my parallel journeys in barbecue.

Here’s how our publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, describes the book:

Mike Mills and Amy Mills, the dynamic father-daughter duo behind the famous 17th Street Barbecue, are two of the most influential people in barbecue. Known as The Legend, Mike is a Barbecue Hall-of-Famer, a four-time barbecue World Champion, a three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May (the Super Bowl of Swine), and a founder of the Big Apple Block Party. A third-generation barbecuer, Amy is the marketing mind behind the business, a television personality, and industry expert.

Praise the Lard, named after the Mills’ popular Southern Illinois cook-off, now in its thirtieth year, dispenses all the secrets of the family’s lifetime of worshipping at the temple of barbecue. At the heart of the book are almost 100 recipes from the family archives: Private Reserve Mustard Sauce, Ain’t No Thang but a Chicken Wing, Pork Belly Bites, and Prime Rib on the Pit, Tangy Pit Beans, and Blackberry Pie. With hundreds of food and candid photos, this book is as rich as the Mills’ history.

We’ll be making a big splash this spring and summer with a book tour, events, giveaways, and more. Stay tuned for more details!

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2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Our Barbecue Family

07-010Big Apple Barbecue Block Party weekend is a reunion. We have the best time catching up with our extended barbecue family.

08-009Tim Love sampling the goods at the rib-bon cutting ceremony.

03-047Bill Bullen, Mike, and Don McLemore of Big Bob Gibson.

02-055Sarah and Sam Jones of Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina and the soon-to-open Sam Jones Barbecue.

04-045The Big Bob Gibson crew: Andrew Lilly, Owen Lilly, Chris Lilly, Shane McBride, Ken Hess, and Jacob Lilly.

05-042Ken Hess getting after that pork shoulder.

06-003Shane McBride of Balthazar, Cherche Midi, and Pig Beach, and Matt Purpura of Tito’s Vodka.

10-017Powerful PR provided by Phil Baltz and Sarah Abell of Baltz Co.

18-093Robin Insley, me, John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Sarah Abell.

11-056Mike and me with Shane McBride.

12-063Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas.
01-057With Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
13-072Lawrence La Pianta and Billy Durney.

14-078Sydney and Charley McPhee, adorable in tiny red cowgirl boots.

15-081Luke Ray and Elizabeth Knight of Ole Hickory Pits.

16-088This must’ve been a good conversation.

17-090Sarah, Elaina, and Sam Jones.

21-100Elizabeth Knight, Shane Linn of Townsend Spice, Flava Fav, Lawson Linn, and Luke Ray.

22-104I’m pretty sure Pat Martin is telling Mike to “Comb him hair!”

23-140Lee Estes and Reggie Methvin of Ubons Barbecue.

24-146To read more about our pit crew at the Block Party, click here.

All photos ©Ken Goodman Photography

Follow our adventures in real time on Instagram and Twitter.
See lots of entertaining and barbecue ideas on our Pinterest boards.
And we post fun things on Facebook, too!