Monthly Archives / March 2013


Kick-off to the Cook-off

$25,000 in prize money. The top teams in barbecue. An unforgettable weekend in Southern Illinois.

We’re in full planning mode for the 26th annual Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off to be held September 19–21, 2013. Team and judge’s applications can be downloaded from our website. The video below, produced by our friends at Arthur Agency, perfectly captures the spirit of the weekend.

This three-day celebration provides numerous sponsorship and vending opportunities. We’re grateful to last year’s sponsors, many of whom have supported us for the past 25 years. Please be in touch with me if you’d like to help sponsor this year’s event.


Hope we’ll see you in September!


Bite the Bulleit

BulleitMelonWe were delighted to partner with Bulleit Bourbon and our local distributor, Wirtz Beverage Group, to raise funds for Toys for Tots during the holidays. Founder Tom Bulleit was on hand to sign bottles and greet special guests at kick-off cocktail parties held in our Marion and O’Fallon locations. We developed special recipes, each using Bulleit as an ingredient, and a percentage of proceeds from those menu items, augmented with a significant amount from Bulleit, was donated to Southern Illinois Toys for Tots. The items, particularly the Bulleit Wings, were so popular that a few might be making a repeat appearance. Stay tuned!