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Ask Politely #23

We all know about Texas and Memphis. Carolina and Kansas City are staples. But, Illinois BBQ?

Sounds flippy to us too. But wouldn’t you know it, Bon Appetit recently named the 17th St. Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, Ill the best ribs in the US of A. And while that’s not Champaign, it’s getting awfully close.

Last weekend saw the premier of what is bound to be one Urbana’s best annual traditions with the first annual Blues, Brews and BBQ in the parking lot of the Lincoln Square Village. The turnout, especially given its infancy was more than affirming of the fact that we, too, have a burgeoning BBQ scene that is just about ready to bust from the belt.

So, let’s have it. You know the suspects with the smoke and sauce — as well as, if not better, than we do. So, who’s got it in ol’ C-U in the world of BBQ?

Happy 4th to all.

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