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Whole Hog Extravaganza 2019 – Day 1

2019 Dream Team

While we’re beginning registration for the 9th annual Whole Hog Extravaganza/Bovine Bonanza/BBQ MBA, I want to give you a look behind the scenes of last year’s program. Pictured above is a veritable Dream Team. The 2019 presenters were Mike Mills and Amy Mills, 17th Street Barbecue, Michael Ollier and Gavin Pinto from Certified Angus Beef, Kat Kinsman, author and Sr. Editor, Food + Wine magazine, Chris Chamberlain, journalist and author, Tank Jackson, Holy City Hogs, Harrison Sapp, Southern Soul Barbecue, John Lewis, Lewis Barbecue, Billy Durney, Hometown Bar-B-Que, Barry Sorkin, Smoque, RH Weaver, brown water expert and mixologist extraordinaire, Beth Schiff, casting director, and John Delpha,

We start the event with a casual welcome gathering at the Murphysboro 17th Street restaurant location. Aaron Kleidon, of Scratch Brewing Company, curated a tasting of some of his renowned beers made from foraged ingredients, and the participants have a chance to meet and mingle with one another and the guest pit masters in a relaxed environment. John Delpha started butchering his suckling pig for the porchetta, which is a multiple-day preparation procedure.

Here’s a whole class photo. This terrific group came from 15 states, and over a third of the class are repeat attendees—a testament to the programming and networking opportunities.

Day one is filled with a number of demos—butchering and prepping whole hogs, brisket, ribs, sausage, and other meats. The burn barrels are fired up and the group watches the meat being loaded onto pits.

The 17th Street Crew and Tank Jackson talked and prepped whole hogs, Harrison Sapp talked about his famous Brunswick Stew, and Billy Durney and Michael Conlon prepped their delicious Korean Sticky Ribs.

The Certified Angus Beef experts broke down a forequarter, John Lewis and Philip Powers prepared sausage, and Barry Sorkin trimmed and seasoned brisket.

Our evening kicked off with a talk on bar profitability, whiskey education, and a tasting, led by Weaver. He and one of our bartenders, Renee Rodewald, also whipped up several different types of punch to try.

Stay tuned for a look at day two.

This is the only program of its kind in the world. The 2020 Whole Hog Extravaganza/Brisket Bonanza/BBQ MBA registration is underway now, and there are just 15 spots left. Click here to register. Travel and schedule details are linked on that page, or you can click here.

All photos by the talented Ken Goodman Photography.


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