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Look what can happen if you Cook steak in Lincoln, IL

Kari and Bryan had to be convinced to cook steak in Lincoln. By winning the steak category in Lincoln, they earned an automatic entry or Golden Ticket that allows them to compete at the World Food Championships for 2016.

Kari and Bryan Luke of "It's Five O'clock Somewhere" were crowned World Food Champions by winning The Steak Round this past November at the World Food Championships in Alabama winning $10,000 for their effort.

Yes, they won the Superbowl of food competitions!


2017 Friday night Steak Cookoff


Many thanks to Millan/Petro Organizationfor their partnering with our committee to bring the Friday Night Steak Cookoff to Up in Smoke on the Square for 2017!



In an effort to offer an other activity and allow more types of teams to participate, The Lincoln BBQ Committee has added a Steak Cook Off Friday June 2nd, 2017 that will allow any individual, not just those participating in the KCBS cookoff, to participate in this challenging and fun event.

For a 75$ entry fee, the contestant will be provided 2 - 16 oz prime rib eye steaks, a 9” X 9” turn in box and a chance to win part of a $1,250 purse. Contestants will be required to cook on site in downtown Lincoln using only charcoal and turn in at a predetermined time announce at the cook meeting Friday evening June 2nd. Steaks will be score by certified KCBS judges on 3 categories: appearance, taste, and tenderness. The steak cook off category is being added to allow more local chefs to participate in our event.

Steaks will be distributed at the Steak Cooks meeting at 5:45 PM Friday June 2nd to be held at our event tent on Kickapoo Street immediately following the KCBS Cooks Dinner and meeting. Tentative turn in time will be at 7:30 PM that same night.

The Friday Night Steak Cook Off will be scored according to KCBS rules and be supervised by our onsite KCBS Reps.

The winner of The Friday Night Steak Cook off will be awarded an entry into the World Food Championships. More info to be posted soon.

Our purse will pay the following:

1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200
4th Place $150
5th Place $100

Click here for a listing of KCBS Steak Cook Off Rules KCBS Steak Cook Off Rules

Registration for the Steak Cook Off can be accessed here: Friday night Steak Cook off registration

Complete 2017 Schedule of Events


We'd like to thank Grill Grate for their generous contribution to support our contest. Great steak starts with Grill Grates! The World Champion in steak cooking has been won with Grill Grates the past 5 years running!

Congratulations to the
2016 Friday Night Steak Cookoff

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Questions about the upcoming 2017 competition? Contact Us

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