Meat America Podcast #10-Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q & 2X BBQ World Champ

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Charlie McKenna

In this video, we sit down with Charlie McKenna – a classically trained chef, 2X World BBQ Champion, and owner of Lillie’s Q in Chicago. Lillie’s Q offers a full line of BBQ sauces, rubs, mixes and more found in retailers across 9 countries! Charlie is incredibly successful and passionate about food and BBQ. You’ll get fired up about cooking just by listening to him.

First, Charlie gives us background information about himself and South Carolina BBQ. Then, he talks about what it’s like to win World BBQ Championships. Lastly, Charlie reveals the secrets to creating a line of BBQ sauces and rubs, starting a business and why South Carolina BBQ hold a special place in his heart.

Named after Charlie’s grandmother, Lillie, his Chicago restaurant shines a spotlight on Southern BBQ. Lillie’s Q focuses on southern flavors that are offered world wide. The sauces feature a wide range of flavors from Memphis, Alabama and the Carolinas.

The Meat America Podcast presented by Code 3 Spices will “meat” experts to discuss incredible stories, business and life advice, meat (of course), and much much more! Like a bunch of friends gathered around the grill, the meat brings us together but our unique lineup of guests will take the conversation in exciting directions. Are you ready for an adventure? Follow along every week as we Meat America!

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