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Glen Ellyn Backyard Barbeque Cook-Off

Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crescent Blvd/Glenwood Ave parking lot
Downtown Glen Ellyn

Join us at the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off! On Saturday, September 9! This event will welcome BBQ chefs who'll put their grilling skills to the test, as more than 60 teams will participated in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois. All proceeds from the event benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. 

Information on the 2017 event is now available on

2016 BBQ Champs

2017 BBQ Teams

Sign up to compete! For Official Rules and Entry Form, click here

Volunteer at the BBQ! Click here for volunteer opportunities

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click here

For more details, 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
  • 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 accomodate 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

A One Night survey conducted on January 28, 2015 indicated that 642 persons in DuPage County were homeless that night.  This includes 131 family units.