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2018 1st Place Winner: 
Adam Heagle of Tim’s Full Belly Deli (Oshkosh, WI)


Thanks to the sponsorship of Millan/Petro Organization, the Friday Night Steak Cookoff offers anyone—whether or not you're a KCBS competitor the chance to participate in this fun challenge. 

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Steak Cookoff registration is now active! Growing every year, this fun and challenging event is now a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) santioned contest. Please check back regularly for details.

For an entry fee of $125, the contestant will be provided two 16 oz. prime rib eye steaks, a 9” X 9” turn in box, and a chance to win part of a purse more than $2,000. Contestants will be required to cook on-site in downtown Lincoln using only charcoal and required to turn in at a predetermined time (announced at the cook meeting Friday evening May 31st).

Steaks will be distributed at the Steak Cooks meeting at 5:45 PM on Friday, May 31st. The meeting will 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 winner of The Friday Night Steak Cookoff will be awarded an entry into the World Food Championships. More info to be posted soon.

Our purse will pay the following (based on 20 participants):

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $300
4th Place $200
5th Place $100

Friday Night Steak Cookoff Rules 2019

Friday Night Steak Cookoff Registration ***We are currently filled to capacity and no longer accepting competitors***

Complete 2019 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
2017 Friday Night Steak Cookoff Winners

  Steak Cookoff
1 Pork Paradise
2 Sauced n Smoked
3 Back Draft
4 Carrol Lou's Smokehouse
5 Outsiders BBQ

Congratulations to the
2016 Friday Night Steak Cookoff Winners

Steak Cookoff
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Yellow River BBQ
DandDy BBQ
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Friday Night Steak Cookoff

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Questions about the upcoming 2019 competition? Contact Us