A city with many amazing BBQ joints already is about to get another one. Life Rule: You can never have too many BBQ options. So what's up with Mission BBQ?

Earlier this week, we got the news that a plot of prime real estate on E. State Street in Rockford was going to be re-developed into three NEW businesses. Technically speaking, it's only ONE new business for Rockford.

Mission BBQ via Facebook

The site of the new project is the old Rockford Realtors building in the 6700 block of E. State Street. Core Acquisitions is creating two different lots.

On Lot 1, they are constructing a 3 bay Valvoline Instant Oil Change. On Lot 2, the eastern lot, they are constructing a two-tenant 6,000 square-foot restaurant building.

The restaurant space will be filled by Five Guys Burgers & Fries, the other space will be the new BBQ joint.

Mission BBQ via Facebook

Mission BBQ will be making Rockford their sixth location in Illinois and they'll be right next another (relatively new) BBQ joint, Smokey Bones.

Let's take a moment to first acknowledge how good it will smell when driving this block of Rockford's E. State Street.

Once I read the news, I immediately hit up Mission BBQ online to see wha they are all about. Before I even started looking at photos of their food and menu, I got a sense that this business has a purpose beyond the food and drinks.

This is what I read when I clicked on 'Our Story'

MISSION BBQ opened its doors for business on September 11, 2011.

Ten years after our world changed forever, in some small way we wanted to change it back.

As the founders of MISSION BBQ, we strive every day to remind everyone what makes Our Country great—its heroes.

Who are we? Two friends passionate about BBQ, patriotic for Our Country, and who believe in running a business with meaning and purpose.

We believe there is nothing more American than BBQ. And nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve Our Communities and Our Country. We do what we do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders—all our loved ones in service.

We set across this great land from Texas to Kansas City, the Carolinas to St. Louis…to discover the secrets of great BBQ.

Every day we strive to serve you authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to those who’ve made Our Country great, given to us by the people who earned them. Stop by at lunchtime, and you might catch us during our daily salute to the Stars and Stripes.

We don’t do any of this because we have to. It’s because we want to.

At MISSION BBQ, we are Proudly Serving Those Who Serve. Come help us complete Our Mission.

 

Mission BBQ via Facebook

Let's see some of this Mission BBQ food

They don't do blue plate specials, they do...

Black Plate Specials, more accurately, Black Plastic Plate Specials.

Mission BBQ via Facebook
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Mission BBQ via Facebook
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Mission BBQ via Facebook
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Mission BBQ via Facebook

Ok, Mission BBQ, let's get a peek at your sauces. If their rub is good, these sauces will just be something for me to dip my fries into.

Mission BBQ via Facebook

Hurry up and get here, Mission BBQ, we're looking forward to trying you out.

Mission BBQ via Facebook

The plan is for construction to continue through the winter and for businesses to likely open in the summer 0f 2022. Keep up with Mission BBQ on Facebook.

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