You never know where you'll find some good pulled-pork barbecue. The other day, my sister Margaret took us to the mall. The mall? Yep, the Northwoods Mall in Peoria, Illinois is home to the Smo-king Pit Restaurant, and we found of some of the best 'cue north of the Mason-Dixon line. That's Mike Citchens, the owner, standing next to my wife Anne. He and his wife own the Smo-king Pit, where mall shoppers can lay their bags down and have some ribs and potato salad before they go home.
Mike is first of all a Christian, as evidenced by the open Bible on the counter. He's originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi and has operated the restaurant for several years with his wife, daughter and youngest son all at work. His oldest son is serving our country in Afghanistan.
Mike is my eleventh Stranger and you can see more about his restaurant here.
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