The first change that will be implemented at this year’s contest
will be the addition of a sanctioned Friday night Steak Cook-off to
be held Friday evening June 3rd.
The Steak Cook-off is being made possible through the generosity of
Cresco Labs that started business operation in Lincoln in early
2016. Cresco Labs' sponsorship will allow for a cash purse to those
finishing 1st through 5th. For a 75$ entry fee, the contestant will
be provided 2 - 16 oz prime rib eye steaks, a 9-inch by 9-inch
turn-in box and a chance to win part of the $1,250 purse.
Contestants will be required to cook on site in downtown Lincoln
using only charcoal and turn their entries in at a predetermined
time announce at the cooks meeting Friday evening June 3rd. Steaks
will be score by certified KCBS judges in three categories:
appearance, taste, and tenderness.
Awards for The Friday Night Steak Cook-off will be distributed
during the KCBS Awards Saturday, June 4th at 5 p.m. The steak
cook-off category is being added to allow more local chefs to
participate in our event.
The second change or addition this year will be a People’s Choice
Award for the backyard category. Cooks in the backyard category will
be able to vie for bragging rights and a ribbon for “People Choice
The general public will be able to purchase a wristband and tickets
that will allow them to sample competition ribs from participating
backyard teams and choose their "people’s choice" winner. A limited
number of wristbands will be available for purchase from Life Point
Church. Wristbands will also available for sale Friday and Saturday
at the AAA Siding and Windows refreshment center at the intersection
of Kickapoo and Pulaski streets starting at 3 p.m. Friday. Sampling
and judging take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June
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The People’s Choice award will be announced during KCBS awards Saturday, June
4th at 5 p.m. Please visit
http://www.lincolnbbq.com/index. php/backyard or call Lifepoint Church
at 217-732-8989 for more information.
The 6th annual Up in Smoke on the Square sponsored by State Bank of Lincoln will
be held during the Pigs and Swigs Festival in historic downtown Lincoln June 3rd
and 4th. The contest has attracted some of the biggest names in competitive BBQ
to Lincoln and pays one of the highest combined purses in Illinois.
Up in Smoke on the Square will consist of a Backyard BBQ division that allows
local cooks to participate at a more modest level, Kids Q for kids 7 to 15 year
of age, KCBS professional BBQ division, and Friday night Steak Cook-off. All of
the prize money paid is sponsored by local businesses and helps bring additional
people and tourism dollars to Lincoln and Logan County. Additional information
on all BBQ related activities can be found at
www.lincolnbbq.com or email us at
[Chris Graue, Up In Smoke BBQ