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Up in Smoke on the Square 
May 31 - June 1, 2019

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Applications for the 2019 Up in Smoke on the Square Competition will be accepted starting January 1, 2019.


Up in Smoke on the Square draws pitmasters from across the U.S. to compete and showcase their legendary BBQ. Nearly 50 championship teams compete in the annual Up in Smoke on the Square Competition. With categories such as Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribs, you'll want to make plans to join us this year to claim your portion of the second highest Illinois purse in competitive BBQ!

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With a fresh new SCA sanctioned Friday Night Steak Cookoff, this year's competition is turning up the heat!

Collaborating with the Pigs & Swigs Festival, historical downtown Lincoln has been known to come alive with fun-filled craft brew events, foot-stomping local bands, the traditional Scully Park's 80+ vendor craft fair, and newly added canine athletes - DockDogs.

Something for everyone, the details of this year's events will be updated periodically. So, put May 31st and June 1st (Fri & Sat) on your calendar!

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Questions about the upcoming 2019 competition? Contact Us