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Mike Mills, Legendary Pitmaster and BBQ Ambassador, Dead at 79


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One of the first places I ever tasted superb 'cue was at Mike Mills 17th St. Barbecue.  It was probably even before the Big Apple BBQ, where Mike presence was always looked forward to - I had volunteered there a few years in the early days of its incarnation.


He passed away this past week, non-Covid related, a big loss to the food world, and certainly to what might be recognized culturally, as traditional American food.


Here he is at the 2011 Big Apple BBQ, with @docsconz and @johnder and another friend - a photo I took right before digging into a plate of his ribs.






Man knew his 'cue - RIP, and may all your barbecue be delicious.


Chicago Trib Obit.




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