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  • 2017 KCBS Grad Champions Kari and Bryan Luke of "It's Five O'clock Somewhere"

  • 2017 Reserve Grand Champion Nick Merritt of Pork Paradise

  • 2017 Friday Night Steak Cook-off Champion Nick Merritt of Pork Paradise

  • 2017 Backyard Champion Twisted Smoke

  • 1st Place KCBS Chicken Justin and Lindsey Vose of Jugs BBQ

  • 1st Place KCBS Pork Ribs Nick Merritt of Pork Paradise

  • 1st Place KCBS Pork Kari and Bryan Luke of It's Five O'clock Somewhere

  • 1st Place KCBS Brisket Nick Merritt of Pork Paradise

  • Kids "Q" Champions Marin and Malina Luckhart of Little Nuthatch

Applications for 2018 Up in Smoke on the Square

are now being accepted.

Please see the KCBS, Steak, Backyard, and Kid's Q tab for information regarding signup.

We are planning a bigger and better event for 2018, we hope you can join us.

Application are now being accepted for 2018...See you the first weekend in June.

What a great year 2017 was...

Congratulations to all of our winners in:

 The Friday
Night Steak Cookoff, Kids "Q", Backyard, Peoples Choice, and KCBS.


Congratulations to It's Fiveo'clock Somewhere  for earning top honors as the 2017 Grand Champion in the 7th Annual Up In Smoke on the Square.

 Congratulations also to Pork Paradise for earning the 2017 Reserve Grand Champion title in this year's event.

Our Steak champions for 2017 - Nick Merrit of Pork Paradise
With more than 30 teams competing for the second highest paying purse in Illinois, we once again enjoyed a fun weekend with everyone And YES ... we enjoyed giving out $15,000 in cash and prizes! Be sure to check out the Results page for past year's winners in each of the individual categories. Also be sure to check back here often as we post more pictures and results from past year's event.

Category Sponsors

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Banner Sponsor

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Kids' Que Sponsor

Woods & Bates Attys at Law
Royal Oak Charcoal
Lincoln Dare

Backyard BBQ Sponsor

Royal Oak Charcoal

Trophy Sponsors

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Harris Hodnett Agency

Refreshment Sponsors

AAA Windows and Siding

Friday Night Steak Cookoff

Millan/Petro Organization

Ribbon Sponsors

Lincoln Rotary Club
Schneider Chiropractic
Peasley Funeral Homes
Pacesetter Financial

Lodging Sponsor

Hampton of Lincoln

In Kind Advertising Sponsor

Lincoln Daily News
Lincoln Courier

Questions about the upcoming 2017 competition? Contact Us

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