Route 66 Smoke Out

Thank you for a wonderful 2022 competition!  We’ll see everyone back here on May 5 & 6, 2023.


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Sanctioned by KCBS

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with over 19,000 members worldwide.

The Route 66 Smoke Out Competition is one of only 450 contests sanctioned by KCBS around the world and is an Illinois State Championship competition.


Backdraft BBQ (Denver, CO)

Bigdaddyoowee Smokin Bones BBQ (Chicago, IL)

Birdman’s BBQ (Morris, IL)

Blue Island BBQ Company (Blue Island, IL)

Carrol Lou’s Smokehouse (Decatur, IL)

Chasin Chicken Barbeque (Edinburg, IL)

The Chilly Water Smokers (Lincoln, IL)

DB BBQ (Fairbury, IL)

Heavy Smoke BBQ (St. Louis, MO)

Hefty Lefty BBQ (Jacksonville, IL)

IBQ’n (Lowell, MI)

Jabs BBQ (Dieterich, IL)

Janky Leg BBQ

Kaleta’s Kitchen

Kronk’s BBQ (Chicago, IL)

Monsters of the Ribway (Rockford, IL)

Moon King BBQ (Metamora, IL)

Papa Jim’s BBQ (Worden, IL)

Pitbull BBQ USA (Providence, IN)

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Risky Brisket (Oswego, IL)

Rub Runners BBQ (Dunlap, IL)

Rusty Pig BBQ (Decatur, IL)

Smoke, Eat, Repeat (Bensenville, IL)

Smoking and the Bandits

SmokinGhost BBQ (Chillicothe, IL)

Smokin’ Wet BBQ (Mahomet, IL)

The Real Smokin Aces (Spring Lake, MI)

Three Stooges bbq (IL)

Triple H BBQ (Gillespie, IL)

Twisted Smoke ADC (Charleston, IL)

Up from the Pits BBQ (Washington, IL)

We Will Rock ‘Que (Schaumburg, IL)




We are expecting a sold out competition this year and are limiting our entries to the first 49.  Don’t miss out.  Sign up now!!

Entry Fee – $205
Your entry fee includes a 20′ x 20′ space and close proximity to water.

Space Upgrade (20′ x 30′) – $20
For an additional $20, you may upgrade your space to a length of 30 feet.

Space Upgrade (20′ x 50′) – $50
For an additional $50, you may upgrade your space to a length of 50 feet.

Electrical Upgrade (20 Amps) – $30
Limited availability.

Larger Sizes
If you need a space larger than 20′ x 50′, we may be able to accommodate your needs.  Please call us for details.

Late Application Fee
Applications should be postmarked by April 1, 2022.  Applications postmarked after April 1 will be subject to a $30 Late Application Fee.

Prefer to pay online?  Pay for your spot and complete your registration online here.


For assistance, please contact:

Rodney Connor
Contest Organizer
(815) 374-0364



SCA Steak Competiton Logo

Do you cook the best steak in your neighborhood?  Are you the king of your cul-de-sac? Bring your backyard skills to an SCA sanctioned cookoff and compete for cash, trophies, prizes at a one day event. This SCA steak cookoff features a $1000 first place prize and will pay the top ten places in the steak category!  We will provide all the steaks, to ensure a level playing field. Our double blind judging process adds to the integrity and the best cook wins. If you have a passion for grilling and the great outdoors sign up today. You will meet a great group of people that soon become friends and you too will use #SCAFAMILY.


Entry Fee – $125
Your entry fee includes a 15′ x 15′ space, two steaks,  and close proximity to water.

Official rules can be found here.


  • 1st Place – $1,000
  • 2nd Place- $400
  • 3rd Place – $250
  • 4th Place – $150
  • 5th Place – $75
  • 6-10th Place $25


Friday, May 6, 2022

  • 4:30pm Cooks Meeting
  • 6:30pm Judges Meeting
  • 7:30 – 8pm Steak Turn In
  • 9pm Awards

Register Your Team

To register, download the registration form and mail it in with your check.

Judge Links

Use the link below to register with KCBS to judge.


A downloadable copy of the competition schedule (and special events) will be available closer to the date of the competition.

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