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Beer & BBQ: Murphysboro, BBQ Capital of Illinois

Barbecue aficionados have long known the trip to Murphysboro, Illinois, is more than worth it. The small town hosts a barbecue cook-off every year and is perhaps the only town in the country with two Barbecue Hall of Famers. In addition to the BBQ history, experience a booming craft beer movement that is vibrant and exciting.

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    The Murphysboro Annual BBQ Cook-Off

    The Murphysboro Annual BBQ Cook-Off

    "Praise the Lard." Head to Murphysboro in mid-September for a journey of BBQ sights, smells, & tastes

  • 2.

    Southern Que

    Southern Que

    "Southern Que Ribs for the soul."

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    Brews Brothers Taproom

    Brews Brothers Taproom

    Local Libations: all produced within 70 miles of Murphysboro and most within 15 miles of the taproom

  • 4.

    Big Muddy Brewing

    Big Muddy Brewing

    Southern Illinois's First Craft Brewery

  • 5.

    Molly's Pint Brewpub

    Molly's Pint Brewpub

    Local craft brew, serving what is made onsite

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    Pat's BBQ and Catering

    Pat's BBQ and Catering

    BBQ doesn't get any better than this; you don't want to miss this place!

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    17th Street BBQ

    17th Street BBQ

    A legend in the barbecue world, pitmaster Mike Mills is in the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

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