Illinois pork enthusiasts have declared an Arthur, Ill. restaurant has the best pulled pork sandwich in the state. Pauly's BBQ received the most votes in the Illinois Pork Producers Association's “Pulled Pork Madness”competition
In early March, IPPA opened the polls for suggestions of the best places to eat a pulled pork sandwich in Illinois. Of the 300 suggestions, 16 establishments with the most votes to their name were loaded into a bracket. Each week in March votes were taken to advance the favorites into the Elite 8, Final 4 and then the Championship Round.
Pauly’s BBQ started as a BBQ hobby and quickly became a passion for BBQ connoisseurs Paul and Sarah Kuhns. As the champion of “Pulled Pork Madness,” the couple was awarded a custom trophy from Curtin’s Creations and a $250 check, on location with local pig farmers, Phil and Pat Titus.
“Pulled Pork Madness is a friendly competition to promote the pulled pork sandwich,” says Kelsey Burgener, project coordinator for IPPA. “The bracket would not have been possible without all the nominations from social media followers and pig farmers alike.”
IPPA plans to continue the bracket challenge annually, highlighting a different pork product each year.