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DougDemayWe regret to inform you that Doug Demay of Lincoln, IL passed Friday December 16th, 2016. Doug was involved numerous public service organizations and enjoyed everything involving BBQ. Doug had recently became a KCBS Master Judge and judged at Up in Smoke on the Square all 6 years. Doug loved being around people and enjoyed the BBQ community and the way in which it brought people together.

Doug Demay

Judging applications are now being accepted on a stand by basis...
We encourage you to submit your application with the understanding our final numbers can change as the contest approaches. We will still need judges for Backyard and Kids "Q" on Saturday June 3rd.

Your understanding in how these numbers will fluctuate is greatly appreciated.

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 June 2/3, we'll make every effort to allow you to judge at least one event.

We would strongly recommend coming to Lincoln June 2nd and 3rd 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 7th 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.

2016 KCBS Rules and Regulations

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Backyard BBQ Sponsor

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Refreshment Sponsors

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Ribbon Sponsors

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Honorary Sponsors

Doug Demay

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Lincoln Daily News
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