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Glen Ellyn Backyard Barbeque Cook-Off

Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Crescent Blvd/Glenwood Ave parking lot
Downtown Glen Ellyn

Thanks for joining us at the 11th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off! This event welcomes more than 60 teams each year in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois. All proceeds from the event benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. 

Click here for the 2019 Entry Form

Click here to sign up to volunteer

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For more details on next year's event, please contact BBQ Competition Organizer Jeremy Johnson 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
  • Homemade sauce to compete in Best Sauce Award (first 20 entries allowed)
  • 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 accommodate 5 judges.  Garnish for Ribs is optional and is limited to green leaf lettuce and green parsley.

E-mail with questions regarding the competition or sponsorship opportunities


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"By providing housing to a family in need, Bridge allows us to save the money we need for the future.  My wonderful case manager and mentors taught me how to see my future and make better decisions in a way that I had never done before. I am now, on my own, able to continue my life down a path that was started by their guidance."