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KCBS will be accepting judging applications later this month. Please check back for updates.


We have several opportunities for you to judge during our competition weekend including:

  • • KCBS Plus...
  • • Friday Night Steak Cookoff
  • • Lincoln Backyard Cookoff
  • • Kids' Que

Please submit your application to be added to our list for these events as well as KCBS.

You will be notified prior to the contest date where you'll be judging. With the number of events we'll host May 31 - June 1, we'll make every effort to allow you to judge at least one event.

We would strongly recommend coming to Lincoln both days to be on “STAND BY”. We usually have either no shows or last minute cancellations that are unavoidable.

We do also need judges for the The Friday Night Steak Cook Off, Backyard and Kids “Q” on Saturday. Bring the family, stay the weekend, and see what else is going on in Lincoln that weekend.

To be placed on the Judges list, complete and return the information online.

2013 BBQJudges logo 200If online signup isn't an option for you, please contact Tub at 217.737.0671 or Steve at 217.871.7766.

For any questions or additional information regarding Judging the 8th Annual Up In Smoke on the Square in Lincoln, IL, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Certified Barbeque Judge's Oath
I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each Barbeque meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate. I accept my duty to be an Official KCBS Certified Judge, so that truth, justice, excellence in Barbeque and the American Way of Life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

2019 KCBS Rules and Regulations

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