101 Best Restaurants in America
by The Daily Meal

Top 10 Extraordinary Ribs
by Huffington Post

50 State Dinners: Food Treks Worth Taking This Summer
by Grub Street

Top 10 BBQ in America
by Playboy

Best Ribs in the U.S.
by Bon Appétit magazine and featured on the Food Network show Bon Appétit Picks the Best.

Best Ribs in St. Louis, Food
Feuds
with Michael Symon on Food Network.

Mike was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010.

Carolyn and Gary Wells Pioneer of Barbecue award, by Jack Daniel's World Invitational Cooking Contest, October 2008.

Peace, Love, and Barbecue was nominated for a coveted James Beard award and won the National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence.

Mike was called “America's most revered pitmaster” by Restaurants & Institutions magazine. He’s the only pit master in the country who’s had security clearance to board Air Force One.

Best Barbecue in St. Louis, Riverfront Times

Spirit of Barbecue award from the National Barbecue News

Arkansas Traveler, State of Arkansas, 1992

The Apple City Barbecue team is known as the winningest team in barbecue. In its short cooking history, they racked up an impressive number of awards:

Apple City Barbecue - Team Record
December 1989 to May 1994
69 Competitions
64 First Place awards
22 Second Place awards
9 Third Place awards
32 Grand Champion awards
1 Grand Sauce award at Jack Daniel's
2 First Place awards at Jack Daniel's
Grand Champion Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest
2 Perfect Scores at Memphis in May (first time ever)
4 times World Champion at Memphis in May
3 times Grand World Champion at Memphis in May (first team to achieve this feat; record held for 13 years and tied in 2007)

Bon Appetit Top Ten Best BBQ Half Rack