2019 Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off Results

 Our 32nd annual cook-off took place this weekend, September 19–21.  Over 100 teams from 18 states set up camp around the 17th Street Barbecue Warehouse to compete for Grand Champion bragging rights, entry into the World Steak Championship, the Kansas City Royal, the Jack Daniel’s draw and a share of $28,000 in prize money.  Over 200 judges, volunteers and ambassadors traveled from 20 states.  

Our contest is like a slice of pure Americana. This is our opportunity to showcase the very best of Murphysboro and Southern Illinois to a wonderful group of people from all over the world. This is a field of fierce competitors. If you can win here, you can win anywhere. In fact, we have a number of World Grand Champions in this field.

It also marked the 13th year of a dual-sanctioned event with teams cooking both the Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbecue Society contests. Of the 79 competing teams, 22 were MBN sanctioned teams and 57 were KCBS sanctioned teams.  Ten teams cooked in both contests.

This year was the sixth annual Steak Cook-off, sanctioned by the Steak Cook-off Association, with 57 teams competing.

Winning teams received original trophies of one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass apples, exclusively commissioned for the Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off by the Douglass School Art Place in Murphysboro. Heath Riles, this year’s double Grand Champion received two chainsaw-carved pigs from father/daughter duo Wendy Brown and Mike Brown of Bear Tracks in Brownsville, Illinois. 

 We have the most generous support from our community and our sponsors. We couldn’t produce an event of this magnitude without their support, and without the multitude of local volunteers who help in so many ways. For our contest to have continually grown over the past 32 years is a testament to all of the people who come together to make this a crown jewel of the barbecue circuit. Murphysboro absolutely shines during this weekend.

Praise The Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off Sponsors include 17thStreet Barbecue, The City of Murphysboro, Ole Hickory Pits, Wichita Packing Company, Townsend Supply, Venegoni Distributing, Silkworm, Republic Services, Certified Angus Beef, Arthur Agency, Big Muddy Brewing, Graue, Inc, Henson’s Septic Service, Mileur Orchard, Oliver and Associates, Pepsi, River Radio, Kingsford Charcoal, Schwebel Printing, Sound Core, Performance Food Group, US Foods, and Voss Heating and Air, among others.

Here are the results:

Memphis Barbecue Network

Grand Champion: Heath Riles BBQ 

MBN Ribs

5) Serial Grillers

4) Phat Chance

3) Get Your Grill On

2) Boro City Smokers

1) Heath Riles BBQ

MBN Pulled Pork

5) Goin’ Hog’N

4) Heath Riles BBQ

3) BBQ Bus

2) Phat Chance

1) Smokin’ Mud Duckers

MBN Whole Hog

5) Smokin’ Mud Duckers

4) Auto Be Grillin

3) Steamboat BBQ

2) Heath Riles BBQ

1) Bubba Grills

KCBS Grand Champion:  Heath Riles BBQ

KCBS Reserve Grand Champion:   St. Louis Black Iron BBQ

KCBS Chicken

10) Serial Grillers

9) One2bbq

8) Chasin Chicken Barbecue

7) Carrol Lous Smokehouse

6) Hot Coles BBQ

5) Jakey Leg BBQ

4) Checkered Pig

3) Razoracks

2) Smoke Me Silly

1) Heath Riles BBQ


10) Carrol Lous Smokehouse

9) Hot Coles BBQ

8) Risky Brisket

7) Heath Riles BBQ

6) Chasin Chicken Barbecue

5) Razoracks

4) Iowa Smokey D’s

3) Rocky Top Barbeque

2) Rooters N Tooters

1) Smoke Me Silly


10) Smokin’ Sauced

9) Iowa Smokey D’s

8) BBQ Bus

7) One2BBQ

6) Serial Grillers

5) Hefty Lefty BBQ

4) Smoke Me Silly

3) Crown Town Q

2) Carrol Lous Smokehouse

1) St. Louis Black Iron BBQ

KCBS Brisket

10) Hot Coles BBQ

9) One2bbq

8) Chasin Chicken Barbecue

7) Checkered Pig

6) Iowa Smokey Ds BBQ

5) Hefty Lefty BBQ

4) Cluck, Oink & Moo Barbecue

3) Rocky Top Barbecue

2) Fire Dancer BBQ

1) Bubba Grills

SCA Steak

5) Dave Salm

4) Tim Brown

3) Tim Axe

2) John Lindsey

1) Sandy Brown

Cabo Wabo Cabo-rita – It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

Fish Contest – 1stPlace: Nuthatch Hill

Wings Contest – 1stPlace: Steamboat BBQ

10 Responses to “2019 Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off Results”

  1. John Farrish

    Our team didn’t walk away with any apples, but we had the time of our lives. We absolutely love “Praise the Lard” and will be back every year you care to host it. Thanks to Mike, Amy, and everyone else at 17th Street who work so hard every year to make this such an enjoyable event.

    • Amy Mills

      So appreciate your team’s participation. Love that you’re spreading the gospel and indoctrinating the next generation ~ you’re doing the Lard’s work!

  2. Julie Moses

    We didnt take home any apples either, but my team had a great time. This was Hesrtland Regional Que second year. My Chef and his team had fun and learned a lot. They will be back again!

  3. Heartland Regional Q

    This was only our second year, and no, we didn’t win any trophies, but we did make some tremendous friends and learned a lot, as well. We love doing this and I have faith we will only improve!! And!! Congrats to our neighbors this year, Cliff Lauderdale and his team, Smokin’ Mud Duckers!!!

  4. Doug Vickery

    We have cooked at 17th st cookoff for the last 4 years, we have had afew top ten shout outs in the kcbs, no hardware, yet we did get 5th in the steak cook of2 years ago and got one of those apples, we was pretty excited about it. The first year there I missed our brisket turn in and was devastated and today Amy I didnt know if I would be back. I wanted to leave before the awards, my buddy said Doug you still have 3 chances of placing. We got 8th place in chicken. Amy called out the 10th place and 9th place and sayed this team told they dont know if they’ll be back”PHAT DADDY DOUGS BBQ, bet you’ll be back now. I took it as a challenge although we didnt do kcbs this year we made it to the steak cookoff, and placed 7th out of 57 of the best steak teams in the nation, It was a great night and the steaks that they supplied was some great cuts of meat. Thanks to Mike and Amy Milles for this great event every year, thanks to all the volunteers who help us teams out. I dont know everyone’s name but Sammy and Phillip you guys rock, Thanks a million for the memory, Love you guys see ya in September


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