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Mike Mills in BBQ Hall of Fame

We just wanted to take a moment to show our appreciation to the NBBQA BBQ Hall of Fame and praise them on their induction of Mike Mills and John Willingham who are two BBQ guys who paved the way for so many of us in this sport. Many years ago, I was given a bottle of John Willingham’s Original Mild Rub, aka WHAM! and told it was “rub”. From that day forward, my life changed as we began our search for the best rubs and sauces we could find. I remember I rubbed some pork chops with Wham and just like that, I was a convert. Soon after I was given a Primo XL Smoker and a copy of Mike Mills, Peace, Love and Barbecue from my wife and the quest to stop “indirect grilling” and start smoking began.

Mike Mills & John Willingham BBQ Hall of Fame

Mike Mills & John Willingham accepting BBQ Hall of Fame awards

A couple of weeks ago, these two gentlemen were inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe of OnCue Consulting was given honor of inducting her father and John into the Hall at the NBBQA Awards in Memphis. Here is an excellent article that was published in The Southern by Adam Testa.

By adam testa, the southern | Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 1:00 am

MURPHYSBORO — 17th Street Bar & Grill pioneer Mike Mills has a long-established legacy in Southern Illinois, but after last weekend, he’s officially earned a place in the history of American barbecue.

Mills and longtime friend and occasional championship cook-off rival John Willingham of Memphis, Tenn., were inducted into the National BBQ Hall of Fame during the National Barbecue Association Convention in Memphis, Tenn.

“To be in there with the people who are already in there, I’m honored. It’s unbelievable,” Mills said, adding the surprise celebration was only made sweeter when Willingham was announced as his fellow inductee. “He’s probably forgotten more about barbecue that most of us know.”

The two men were the sixth and seventh inductees into the hall.

Amy Mills-Tunnicliffe, 17th Street’s marketing director and Mills’ daughter, had the opportunity to surprise the friends with the announcement of their induction. She said the night will always be a cherished memory.

“They were just tickled to death to be up there on stage together,” she said. “It was very special.”

Inductees are nominated by their peers and undergo a screening process. A two-tier, top-secret committee evaluates the nominees, and voting must be unanimous.

NEW TLC SERIES ‘BBQ PITMASTERS’

Finally, Kate and Jon are gone and we can get down to some serious reality TV and enjoy watching the trials and tribulations of some true American competitors, BBQ Pitmasters! TLC will feature this new series and we are proud to find out early that at least one of our featured Pitmasters, Mike Mills will be featured on the show. Here is a brief Synopsis:

Eight one-hour episodes of BBQ PITMASTERS have been ordered, and is scheduled to premiere December 3 on TLC. The series is produced by Original Media.

BBQ PITMASTERS transports viewers to this competitive cooking subculture, where an estimated 10 million people visit each year to get up-close and personal with the leading chefs of America’s burgeoning barbecue circuit. Like an all-star poker tournament or a championship car race, it is at these events that reputations and respect are gained and lost. For pit masters, the honor rides on the virtues of one perfectly charred rib, and hundreds of thousands of dollars trade hands after a single, mouth-watering bite of brisket.

Finally they recognize that BBQ is not just a hobby, but a competitive sport. We cannot wait to see this and encourage you to check out BBQ Pro Shop where you can grill like a pro and use the rubs and sauces perfected and sold by the pitmasters featured on this show.

Willingham’s Original Mild Rub

Grill Friends Stainless Steel Rub ShakerJohn Willingham’s Original Mild Rub or W’ham Seasoning as they call it in Memphis is one of our best selling BBQ spice rubs. We know why, it is just incredible. Willingham’s Original Mild has been my go to spice rub on ribs, pork chops and pork butts for my formidable years and is one of my favorites.

We Paired Willingham’s Original Mild Spice Rub with the Grill Friends Stainless Steel Rub Shaker so that you can have the best of both words and a really nice reusable shaker to make your own spice rubs or fill it with Mike Mills Magic Dust or John Willinghams W’ham!

Here are some Willingham’s W’ham Seasoning and Sweet and Sassy Sauce Tips:

  • Split all beef or kosher hot dogs and sprinkle W’ham seasoning and then throw them on the grill under medium heat and let them cook low and slow.
  • Add Willingham seasoning to your vinegar and oil dressing or other salad dressings or just sprinkle on top of you favorite salad for some added flavor.
  • Sprinkle W’ham on tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegis & allow to marinate
  • Great on fresh apple slices
  • Sprinkle and rub Willingham’s seasoning on Ribs, Chicken, Fish, Ham, Chops, Beef or Pork Roasts before oven baking, broiling, grilling or smoking.

Recipe for Willingham’s Meatloaf

Mix up your favorite meatloaf recipe.

Mix Willingham’s Mild or Willinghams Cajun spice rub with some tomato sauce.

In the last 10 minutes of baking, grilling or smoking your meatloaf, using the Grill Friends Silicone Angled Brush, apply a small amount of the BBQ sauce and W’ham mix over the meatloaf.

After it comes out of the oven do a 2nd light coating, let it cool and serve it hot.