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Backyard Barbeque Cook-Off

Fire Up The Coals - BBQ, Blues, Beer, Bags

Grill up your best BBQ Ribs and/or Best Dish

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Crescent Blvd/Glenwood Ave parking lot
Downtown Glen Ellyn

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off will welcome BBQ chefs who want to put their grilling skills to the test in the 7th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off.  More than 60 teams participate in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois, and more than 1,800 attendees enjoyed the event each year. All proceeds from the event benefited the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

Information for the 2015 event is now available on Please contact BBQ Competition Organizer Bob Solak at

Competitors Need to Bring:

  • Uncooked and Unseasoned Pork Ribs (spares or baby backs)
  • Uncooked and Unseasoned Ingredients for Best Dish
  • Cooking equipment and supplies
  • Food and Favorite Beverage for You and Your Team
  • Canopy Tent (no larger than 10'x10') and decorations to participate in Spirit Award competition

All dishes must be cooked on-site.  Contestants must provide all their own equipment.  Charcoal and gas grills/smokers are welcome.  You may not use electric grill or smoker or open pit.  Ribs and ingredients for Best Dish must be raw and unseasoned.  Each category must be able to accomodate 3 judges.  Garnish for Ribs is optional and is limited to green leaf lettuce and green parsley.

Contact us with questions regarding the competition or sponsorship opportunities


Amateur BBQ Contest

  • Famous Dave's

Piglet Playland

  • Farmer's Insurance


  • Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation
  • SportsMed
  • The Johanneson Family

Choice Cut

  • Busy Bee Barber Shop
  • Elinor Friedemann
  • Eric Friedemann
  • Glen Ellyn Dentistry
  • Glen Ellyn Lions Club
  • Magnificent Mutts Rescue
  • Packy Foley
  • PJ's Camera and Photo
  • Tony DeRiggi/Compass Mortgage
A One Night survey conducted on January 26, 2013 indicated that 636 persons in DuPage County were homeless that night.  This includes 120 family units.