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Chef Series #9 will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Heydlauff’s Appliances New Living Showroom. The Chef Series features local chefs on the third Saturday of each month.

Chef Series #9 will spotlight Phil Tolliver of Smokehouse 52 BBQ. Space is limited; contact or call 734-475-1221.

Phil Tolliver’s passion for BBQ has been lifelong. He will tell you that he has had a passion for BBQ for as long as he can remember. Phil and Jenn Tolliver opened Smokehouse 52 BBQ in downtown Chelsea, Michigan, in February 2013.

As his passion for BBQ continued, Phil reached out to the best: Mike “The Legend” Mills of the 17th St. BBQ. Phil traveled south to work alongside Mike and learn his secrets and techniques for creating championship BBQ. When he returned home, Phil started to build Smokehouse 52 BBQ on Main Street in Chelsea, combining his lessons from the farm with those he learned from Mills.

“Exceeding expectations each day, we commit ourselves to the relentless pursuit of doing the right things – not the easy things. We provide our guests with the best service and experience, always striving to exceed their expectations. This is what makes Smokehouse 52 BBQ the place to be,” shared Tolliver.

man smiling with a cutting board of cooked ribs and other meat

Phil Tolliver. Courtesy of Phil Tolliver


Join Phil at Heydlauff’s Chef Series on May 18, 2024, from 11 am to 1 pm. He will be featuring Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Compound Butter.

To learn more about Smokehouse 52 BBQ and their menu, go to

Mark your calendars for the third Saturday of every month, 11 am – 1 pm.

For more information about Heydlauff’s Appliances and the upcoming Chef Series, please email or call 734-475-1221.

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