Pat's BBQ and Catering

Murphysboro IL 62966

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Pat Burke has won more barbecue titles and championships than any living person. He formed Apple City Barbecue in 1989 with his friend and fellow Hall of Fame member, Mike Mills, and the team immediately excelled. They won a trophy at their first barbecue contest and went on to become one of the most celebrated teams ever on the barbecue circuit. Pat’s pitmaster skills span more than 25 years with Apple City Barbecue and his family team, Tower Rock BBQ.

Patty Welten, Pat Burke’s daughter and manager of Pat’s BBQ said the pulled pork, the beef brisket and the pork steak are the biggest sellers.

All orders are prepared at a hot table in front of you, so you know where it comes from. Everything is made fresh and nothing is frozen. From the pork shoulder, to salmon during Lent, green beans, mac and cheese or corned beef, everything is smoked.

“If it’s coming out of here, it’s coming with smoke on it,” says Patty. “We have a tiny oven for potatoes and cobblers, and everything else runs through the smoker.”

The ribs are moist with just the right amount of smoke, and they are fall-off-the-bone tender. The pulled pork and beef brisket are moist and delicious, and if you order the rib tips, just dig in with your hands, they are a bit messy with a wonderful tangy sweet flavor. Try several sides you will love them all. The grilled green beans are some of the best, and the smoked mac and cheese took on just the right amount of smoke without overpowering the creamy goodness.

Pat’s BBQ is on far north 14th Street at the corner of Industrial Park. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, and be sure to bring cash. They don’t take cards, but an ATM is on the premises.

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