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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 13th
Crescent Blvd/Glenwood Ave parking lot
Downtown Glen Ellyn

Click here for a schedule of events

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off welcomes BBQ chefs who want to put their grilling skills to the test in the 6th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off.   60 teams will participate in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois. All proceeds from the event benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

You can be a part of the fun!

Join us on September 13th!  You are guaranteed delicious food, cold drinks and fantastic blues. 

The event is open to the entire family with a Piglet Playland run by the Bridge Builders from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Enjoy a Full Menu of BBQ favorites from:

Cape May Crabcakes
Real Urban BBQ
Smokin' Wills 
Husky Hog BBQ 

Along with delicious desserts from Giavia Sweets (serving cupcakes and macaroons)

A Full Day of Blues Entertainment

  • Buzz Kilman
  • Chainsaw Dupont
  • Mud Morganfield
  • The Steepwater Band

Backyard BBQ Cornhole Bags Tournament

Tournament check-in time is 11:00 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.

Contact us with questions regarding the competition or sponsorship opportunities