A reader sent in a tip this week that perhaps the winningest barbecue competitor of all time has decided to hang up his mop after this last weekend's 2012 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Pat Burke of Pat's BBQ in Murphysboro, Ill., "has won more barbecue titles and championships than any living person," according to an article in the Murphysboro American, which provides a detailed list of awards.
The Murphysboro native may not have hit a home run like Ruth, nor thrown a football like Unitas or dunked a basketball like Wilt, but he has done something they never even dreamed of -- cooked barbecue like no other human being.Almost sounds like it'd be worth the drive up to Southern Illinois ...
Burke is a barbecue legend...a prodigy that comes along just once in a lifetime. But, like the great ones in other fields, there comes a time when even a master barbecuer has to hang up his brush and step away from competing and begin enjoying the fruits of their labor. And that time has come for Pat Burke.
Pat's last competition was this month with Memphis In May. For now on, you'll see him spending time with his family and still working at Pat's BBQ, which he founded.