To experience the delicious madness that IS competitive BBQ, the Backyard Competition is your chance!

Sponsored by Royal Oak Charcoal and hosted by Lifepoint Church, the 8th annual Lincoln Backyard Competition will be held on June 6, 2020 (Saturday).

Event Detail

Limited to 40 teams (amateurs ONLY) with only a $50 entry fee, you must enter both Pork Ribs and Chicken (any part of the chicken) to participate. 

With a grand prize of $200, the best combined scores of these two categories determines the champ.

Backyard application must be submitted separate from The Steak Cookoff.

Submit Backyard completed applications to:
Lifepointe Church of God
601 Pulaski Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

For questions, email the guys in charge:
Shane –
Josh –

The People’s Choice Award (for the Public)

If you’d like to sample ribs for our Backyard cooks, here’s how:

  • Lifepoint Church will be selling Wristbands to the general public for $15.00.
  • You will receive 10 tickets that will allow you to sample ribs from different Backyard teams.
  • Once you find your favorite, you’ll have another single “voting ticket” to vote for The Lincoln Backyard People’s Choice Rib.
  • Wrist Bands will be for sale starting Friday morning at the Vendor Area at Up in Smoke on the Square.
  • Rib Tasting will be from 2:30 to 3:30 Saturday June 6th with The People’s Choice Rib being named at 5:00 PM that same day.
  • Voting tickets will be tabulated and the backyard team with the most voting tickets will be named 2020 Backyard People’s Choice winner!

***Limited wrist bands will be sold…Don’t wait till the last minute on this one!***

 The People’s Choice Award (for the Cooks)

To claim bragging rights for one year as Logan County’s Rib Champion, you have two options:

1. Register to compete cooking two meats—Pork Ribs and Chicken.

2. If you are cooking ribs and chicken in The Lincoln Backyard, you can also compete in our “People’s Choice Ribs.” The ribs for “People’s Choice” will be supplied to you at no charge and there is no additional entry fee for “People Choice.” (It’s optional so you can elect to cook The Lincoln Backyard without cooking in People’s Choice Ribs.)

To compete for The People’s Choice Award, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Cook a minimum for four racks of ribs that will be made available to the general public. (Ribs for Peoples Choice will be provided to you at no cost to you by Lifepoint Church.)
  • Serve ribs to contest attendees who have purchased wrist bands from 2:30 until 3:30 PM, June 6th (Sat).
  • Engage those attendees regarding your cooking process and preparation of the ribs.
  • Maintain a clean and well organized cooking area.
  • Accept tickets in the voting bins provided.

This fun, BYO everything competition—except for the free bag of charcoal provided to each team by Royal Oak—allows you to get a taste of the full competition experience without the added stress. 

In what has become more of a block party cookout than a competition, join us on Saturday June 6th at 6:00AM in Downtown Lincoln to exchange a few tips and ideas while attempting to go home with some cold, hard cash!

All proceeds from the Backyard event benefit community programs at Lifepoint Church in Lincoln. A big thanks to Royal Oak Charcoal for their contribution to help fund this event!


 Backyard OverallBackyard ChickenBackyard Pork Ribs
1Twisted SmokeTwisted SmokeBack Draft
2Back DraftBig Fern’s BBQTwisted Smoke
3Firehouse 51Blowin Smoque BBQPitty QUE
4Pitty QUECarrol Lou’sWood & Steel
5Carrol Lou’sSugar Creek BBQ9-11 Q


 Backyard OverallBackyard ChickenBackyard Pork Ribs
1 Sugar Creek BBQBackdraft BBQ
2 Big Foot BBQDouble D’ Rack Shack
3 JTA BBQ12-24 BBQ
4 Backdraft BBQOld Tyme BBQ
5 Firehouse BBQDoc’s Rib Shack


 Backyard OverallBackyard ChickenBackyard Pork Ribs
1Get Sauced BBQBig Foot BBQGet Sauced BBQ
2JTA BBQDouble D’s Rack ShackBlue Bear’s BBQ
3Doc’s Rib ShackJTA BBQ9-11 Q
4OLD TYME BBQDoc’s Rib ShackPack-n-a-Charge BBQ
5Smoke Shack Jack12-24 BBQJTA BBQ


 Backyard ChickenBackyard Pork Ribs
1Double D’s Rack ShackChannabilly BBQ
2Channabilly BBQBurnt Knuckles BBQ
3Tbone’s BBQ EmporiumBlue Bear’s BBQ
4Backdraft BBQ CrewGet Sauced BBQ
59-11 QDoc’s Rib Shack

Complete 2019 Schedule of Events (Coming soon!)
Friday Night Steak Cookoff (Coming soon!)
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