Some people may joke that Illinoisans know summer is here, or almost here, when their favorite ice cream shops open for the season, but to me, a sure sign that warmer days are coming is when I see announcements like this...

Better get your taste buds ready now, because one of the Stateline area's favorite BBQ joints is opening for its 2023 season on Thursday,  April 6th! You guys, that is just one week away!!!

Now, I may be extremely partial to Smokin' Coop BBQ Pit in Belvidere, Illinois because of all they do for St. Jude kids, but seriously, their pulled pork is to die for! (No joke, I had a dream recently where I was at a party eating it, so obviously, I'm excited Smokin' Coop is opening soon).

If you've never been to Smokin' Coop BBQ Pit before, first off, how dare you?

Secondly, I'm pretty sure I could get you hooked by just looking at their menu...

Not only is Smokin Coop's food finger-licking delicious, but there's just something so special about enjoying a pulled pork sandwich, (that someone else perfectly made), outdoors on a beautiful afternoon or evening.

Since the dining atmosphere at Smokin Coop is so laid back, I've got to believe it's a pretty cool place to work too. If you know someone looking for a seasonal gig or a fun way to make some extra cash, Smokin' Coop is currently hiring for full and part-time help.

Now that I've got you primed for some great BBQ, don't forget to order a Klondike bar or Root Beer Float every time you stop by Smokin' Coop BBQ Pit this season, because they donate the proceeds from those 2 items to St. Jude kids each year during our radiothon! How awesome, (and delicious), is that?!?

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See you soon, Smokin' Coop...we can't wait!

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