17th Street Barbecue

We believe in the power of barbecue. 

Through the years, here’s what we’ve learned: Barbecue soothes the soul. It’s simple in philosophy and rich in tradition. It’s an art and a craft, a love and a passion. It’s provided us with a life full of
friendship and love.

People come to barbecue restaurants hungry not only for food, but craving community. We're proud to be the hometown favorite, and on any given day, half of the people in the restaurant will be from all over the state, region, country, and world. Murphysboro is truly the Barbecue Capital of the great state of Illinois!

Because of 17th Street Barbecue, the tiny town of Murphysboro is consistently named as a top barbecue city in America. The meat is seasoned with Magic Dust®, a savory dry rub that's been featured on numerous media outlets, and smoked over indigenous apple wood from nearby orchards. The result is barbecue for which people travel the world over.

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Latitude: 37.764985 Longitude: -89.341746 Elevation: 420 ft
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Amy Mills

Hours Open

Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seasons Open


Price Style for this Establishment


Family and Kid-Friendly Dining Notes

Barbecue is a family experience and diners of all ages are welcome.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Owned and operated by champion pit master Mike Mills, and his daughter, Amy Mills, since 1985. In the world of barbecue, Mike is affectionately known as “The Legend.” Mike, Amy, and 17th Street are consistently on the lists of most influential pit masters and best barbecue in America. 

In the early 1990s, he was co-captain of the Apple City Barbecue team, one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the 1992 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and he won the Jack Daniel’s Sauce Contest that year as well.

Mike is the barbecue guru at and a partner in Blue Smoke restaurant in New York City. His book, Peace, Love, and Barbecue was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Foundation award and received the 2006 National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence. In October 2008 he was honored with the Pioneer of Barbecue award at the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest. Mike was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010.

Accessibility Notes

The building is over 100 years old. The handicap entrance in the back.

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