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  • Route 66 Smoke Out

    ***In an effort to comply with CDC guidance regarding avoiding gatherings of more than 50 people for the weeks ahead, we have had to cancel this year’s competition.  Thank you to all of the teams who have already registered – you will receive a full refund.  We look forward to seeing all of you for a good competition and a great time in 2021!***


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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.


    Awesome Rack Cookin Crew, Quincy, IL

    Blowin’ Smoke – Illinois, Mokena, IL

    Blue Island BBQ, Blue Island, IL

    Channabilly BBQ, Channahon, IL

    Chasin Chicken Barbeque, Edinburg, IL

    iBQ’n@TheBBQSuperStore.com, Lowell, MI

    Mediocre BBQ, Chicago, IL

    one2bbq, New Berlin, IL

    P.I.G., Coal City, IL

    Papa’s Bar B-Q, Monmouth, IL

    Pitty Que, Peoria, IL

    Shiggin Ain’t Easy, Westland, MI

    Smokin’ Wet BBQ, Mahomet, IL

    South Side Pit Men, Oak Forest, IL



    Entry Fee – $200
    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.

    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, 2020.  Applications postmarked after April 1 will be subject to a $30 Late Application Fee.

    Prefer to pay online?  Pay for your spot on our Square page and mail or email your registration.


    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.

    Prefer to pay online?  Pay for your spot on our Square page and mail or email your registration.

    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


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


    Backyard BBQ Competition Logo

    Not Quite Ready for the Pros?

    We’ve got you covered.  Our backyard competition is a great way to try your hand at a competition.  We’ve got some quicker categories, so if you are on a time crunch or just want to try something new, this is the competition for you.



    $50 registration fee

    20′ X 20′ space with close proximity to water.

    Turn in times:

    • Sausage – 12pm
    • Wings – 12:30pm
    • Pork – 1pm
    • Ribs -1:30pm

    First prize wins a free entry to the 2021 Professional Route 66 Smokeout


    For assistance, please contact:

    Contest Organizer
    Steve Bradley
    (815) 386-0179

    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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