Petition to John Cyrier, John Kuempel, Judith Zaffirini, Joe Straus, Greg Abbott
Make BBQ the State Food of Texas
Texas is the Barbecue Capitol of the World but barbecue is not our official state food. That honor belongs to chili. It’s time for a change. The Lone Star State teems with barbecue joints, from the world-famous to neighborhood hangouts. They are urban and they are rural. They are old -- with walls blackened from generations of smoke. And they are new -- outfitted with an army of hulking pits than can feed hundreds. They can be found over the fence, down the alley and in backyards if you follow the white smoke. According to acclaimed Texas food writer Robb Walsh barbecue has a long history here. The Caddo Indians started cooking meat over open fires 10,000 years ago. Later black slaves cooked to mark the end of harvest or celebrate events like Junteenth. Germans and Czechs came later, bringing their European techniques to Central Texas in the 1830’s. In the last ten years, a boundless passion for hand-crafted, smoked meats has blessed Texas with a robust barbecue economy. The live oak, mesquite and hickory that feeds the flames comes from Texas. The beef that yields fatty brisket comes from Texas. The tourists, forming lines that curl around the block, travel across Texas in search of great barbecue as if following their favorite football team. The kingmaker of the 50 best barbecue spots, Texas Monthly, writes that “…we are living in the golden age of Texas barbecue.” And we agree. That is why we call on our state lawmakers to make barbecue our state food, the culinary symbol of where we’ve been and who we are. This petition is part of a reporting project from Verify, a production of WFAA-TV in Dallas and TEGNA Media. We take real people along on reporting trips so they can ask their own questions and reach their own conclusions. This time, we're taking a 1,500-mile RV road trip across Texas with a viewer who’s helping us answer this question: Barbecue or chili, what should be the State Food of Texas? Learn more about this project here.
Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Greg Abbott
Keep Chili as the State Dish of Texas
Currently, there is an effort underway, by Texans who love barbecue, to make barbecue the State Food of Texas. With this petition, we, the lovers of Texas chili, now make our voices heard. Chili has been our State Dish since 1977. We urge you to preserve its status and respect the words of House Concurrent Resolution #18 which reads: WHEREAS, One cannot be a true son or daughter of this state without having his taste buds tingle at the thought of the treat that is real, honest-to-goodness, pure, unadulterated Texas chili; and WHEREAS, Texans continue today the tradition begun in San Antonio over 140 years ago of making the best and only authentic concoction of this piquant delicacy; and WHEREAS, President Lyndon B. Johnson commented that “Chili concocted outside of Texas is a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing,” and Will Rogers described Texas chili as “the bowl of blessedness’; and WHEREAS, Texas has been the site of the annual International Chili Cook-off since 1967 and is the home of the 1976 World Champion Chili Cooker, Albert Agnor, or Marshall; and WHEREAS, It is customary for the legislature to designate certain state emblems in recognition of this state’s great heritage and rich resources; and WHEREAS, The beauty of Texas trees and flowers is represented by the pecan and bluebonnet and the mockingbird is emblematic of our abundant and varied wild life, but the internationally esteemed cuisine of this great state has received no official recognition and has no official symbol; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, the Senate concurring, That the 65th Legislature, in recognition of the fact that the only real “bowl of red” is that prepared by Texans, hereby proclaims chili as the “State Dish of Texas.” This petition is part of a reporting project from Verify, a production of WFAA-TV in Dallas and TEGNA Media. We take real people along on reporting trips so they can ask their own questions and reach their own conclusions. This time, we're taking a 1,500-mile RV road trip across Texas with a viewer who’s helping us answer this question: Barbecue or chili, what should be the State Food of Texas? Learn more about this project here.
Petition to Mike Rossetter, Adam Rossetter
Bring back BubbaChucks BBQ!
Polk County is in desperate need of world class BBQ and we need to come together as a community to revive the best BBQ place we all have ever eaten at. Sign today to show your support to get Mike & Adam Rossetter to reopen BubbaChucks to satisfy our insatiable love for quality 'que! WE WANT YOU BABY BACK BABY BACK BABY BACK!
Petition to Illinois State House
Pass House Resolution 0207
State Representative Terri Bryant and Mayor Will Stephens of Murphysboro Illinois are petitioning the Illinois Legislature to declare Murphysboro the BBQ Capitol of Illinois. Acclaimed BBQ Pit Masters Mike Mills and Pat Burke reside in Murphysboro. Murphysboro is the home of the annual Praise The Lard BBQ Cook Off that is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and the Memphis Barbecue Network. The Travel Channel named Murphysboro as one of 8 "BBQ Paradise" locations in the United States. In the world of barbecue, champion pitmaster Mike Mills is affectionately known as “The Legend.” He presides over the pits at his five nationally acclaimed barbecue restaurants - three 17th Street Bar & Grill restaurants in Southern Illinois and two Memphis Championship Barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas. In the early 1990s, he was co-captain of the Apple City Barbecue team, one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the 1992 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and he won the Jack Daniel’s Sauce Contest that year as well. Pat Burke was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014. He has competed in over 255 BBQ contests and has taken home 185 grand championships, more than any living person. Murphysboro is the home of Cairo BBQ sauce, and formerly home to Brown's BBQ, Whitt's BBQ, and many others. In 1993 Former President Bill Clinton ate 17th Street BBQ while aboard Air Force one. For these reasons and more those signing this petition urge the members of the General Assembly to support House Resolution 0207 and declare Murphysboro the BBQ Capitol of Illinois.