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Grand/Reserve Champion--Up in Smoke on the Square

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2018 Grand Champion:
Mark Rasmussen of The Smokin’ Aces/The BBQ Super Store (Spring Lake, MI)


Here's why you should join us in competition:

• Second largest Illinois purse ($15,000 in prize money)
• Large paved cook sites with electricity and easily accessible water

• Helpful support staff ready to lend a hand
• Outstanding Friday night Cooks Meals catered by Guzzardo's Italian Villa
• Fully stocked grocery store within walking distance
• Cozy and hospitable downtown atmosphere
• Comfortable cook sites (most are shaded at some point during the day)

On January 1, 2019, we'll start accepting applications for 2019 Up in Smoke on the Square competition

To be held on the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2019, we're expecting a competitive turnout of nearly 50 championship teams. Attracting thousands, Up in Smoke on the Square will once again be teaming with the Pigs and Swigs Festival. 

Up in Smoke on the Square is the second highest Illinois payout with a total purse of $15,000 awarded as such:

• $3,000 awarded to the Grand Champion
• $1,500 to the Reserve Grand Champion
• $1500 to the top 10 teams in each category—Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribs

***Click HERE for a way to win an additional $750!***

Submit your team's registration for all four KCBS categories—judged by 100% Certified KCBS Judges—by completing and returning your application form today.

BONUS: Registering for the competition will also gain you admittance to the Friday night Cooks Dinner catered by Guzzardos. (Just the meal on Friday night makes it worth attending!)

2019 Complete Schedule of Events
2019 Secure Competitors Application
2019 KCBS Rules and Regulations
2019 Food & Vendor Application (This is for vendors not competing.)

Submit completed applications to:

Up in Smoke on the Square
C/O Logan County Tourism Bureau
101 N. Chicago St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Make Checks payable to:
Up in Smoke on the Square

Pigs & Swigs Sponsor

Destination LC

Kids' Que Sponsor

Woods & Bates Attys at Law
Royal Oak Charcoal
Lincoln Dare

Backyard BBQ Sponsor

Royal Oak Charcoal

Trophy Sponsors

Collision Concepts
Harris Hodnett Agency

Refreshment Sponsors

AAA Windows and Siding

Friday Night Steak Cookoff

Millan/Petro Organization

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Lincoln Rotary Club
Schneider Chiropractic
Peasley Funeral Homes
Pacesetter Financial

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Hampton of Lincoln

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Lincoln Daily News
Lincoln Courier

Questions about the upcoming 2019 competition? Contact Us