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Serious barbecue freaks know that Mike Mills is affectionately called "The Legend." The champion pit master and restaurateur is behind the famous baby back ribs and pulled pork at 17th Street Bar & Grill in Murphysboro, Illinois, and Memphis Championship Barbecue in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mike and 17th Street were recently featured on an episode of Food Feuds with Michael Symon who proclaimed Mike's ribs "the single best rib I've ever had in my pork-lovin' life." The baked beans are pretty special, too, and you'll see them featured on an episode on the Cooking Channel's show FoodCrafters on February 1.
His daughter Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, the co-writer of his book Peace, Love, & Barbecue, reminded us that you don't have to make a trip to Illinois or Vegas for the legendary 'cue—they also ship the meat. Thanks to Amy, three lucky Serious Eats winners (and their seriously lucky friends) will win a delicious barbecue spread just in time for Super Bowl feasting.
The package includes two racks of Mike's famous baby back ribs (12 bones each), two pounds of pulled pork (makes 8 to 10 sandwiches), a half-gallon of the Tangy 17th Street Pit Beans (feeds 10 to 12) and, of course, a bottle of barbecue sauce (original or spicy) and Magic Dust®.
What exactly is in that Magic Dust? Who knows but that dust is part of what makes Mike's ribs so seriously good (the fact that he knows how to smoke meat also helps a lot). He seasons every piece with that special dust, then cooks it low and slow in the pit over apple and cherry woods. In addition to the party food, the three winners will also score a signed copy of Peace Love and Barbecue, which Ed will tell you is one of the best books about barbecue ever written.
To enter to win, just leave your best barbecue haiku* as a comment on this post. A panel of judges/wordsmiths at Serious Eats HQ will select the winners.
* Haikus have 17 moras broken into three phrases: 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively.
Contest will end and comments will close at 5 p.m. ET, Friday, January 28, 2011. One entry per community member. Winners are limited to residents of the continental U.S. Standard Serious Eats contest rules apply. Sorry, Ed. This means you cannot enter.