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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, September 14th
Crescent Blvd/Glenwood Ave parking lot
Downtown Glen Ellyn (view map)

Open to the public from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. 
Food and drinks will be sold from 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Blues bands will play from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off welcomes BBQ chefs who want to put their grilling skills to the test in the 5th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off.   60 teams will participate in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois.   

You can be a part of the fun!

Join us on September 14th!  You are guaranteed delicious food, cold drinks and fantastic blues. 

The event is open to the entire family with a Piglet Playland sponsored by the BR Ryall YMCA from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Enjoy a Full Menu of BBQ favorites from:

Brand of the Run BBQ
Smokin' Wills - serving baby-back and spare ribs
Husky Hog BBQ - serving pulled pork, pulled chicken, baked beans, slaw and mac-n-cheese
Tap House Grill - serving slider mini-hamburgers, hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob and Italian pasta salad
Skuddlebutt's - serving baby-back ribs, pull pork, hamburgers and hotdogs

Along with delicious desserts from Giavia Sweets (serving cupcakes and macaroons) and Dippin' Dots (serving ice cream).

A Full Day of Blues Entertainment

Backyard BBQ Cornhole Bags Tournament

Tournament check-in time is 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Tournament begins at 12:45 pm. Trophies and prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners.  A complete list of rules and application are available at

Contact BBQ Competition Organizer:

Tom "Piggy Daddy" Koprowski 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.

Review all Glen Ellyn Backyard Barbeque Cook-off event details.

Review a complete list of rules.