Executive Sponsor
Amenity Sponsor
Grand/Reserve Champion
Category Sponsor
BBQ Bucks Sponsors
Woods & Bates Attys at Law
    Bill Bates & Blinn Bates

Back Yard BBQ Sponsors
Royal Oak Charcoal

Trophy Sponsors
Collision Concepts
Peasley Funeral Homes
Kevin & Judy Smith

Ribbon Sponsors
Lane Insurance
Paul Bottrell
Doug Demay
Lincoln Dare
Lincoln Rotary
Joe Ryan Country Insurance
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
   Funeral Home
Pork Producers
Schneider Chiropractic


We are just about full with only a few spots remaining before reaching our capacity of 54 teams! We also still have room in our “Backyard Competition” sponsored by Royal Oak Charcoal.

Please see our “Competition” page for more information on “Backyard” or to signup for a last few remaining spots!

Join us for the 4th Annual Up In Smoke on the Square Barbecue competion being held in Lincoln, Illinois on August 22nd & 23rd during the 41st Annual Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival. With nearly 50 teams competing for an overall purse of $15,000, this year's competition looks to once again provide some of the best competition around drawing in teams from all over the nation.

2014 Up In Smoke on the Square Timeline

Congratulations to A Boy & His BBQ for earning the
2013 Grand Champion title in the the 3rd Annual

"Up in Smoke on the Square"

during the 40th Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival. With 44 teams competing for the second highest
paying purse in Illinois, we once again enjoyed a fun weekend with everyone

And YES ... we enjoyed giving out $15,000 in cash and prizes!

Be sure to check out the Results page for this year's winners in each of the individual categories.
Also be sure to check back here often as we post more pictures and results from this year's event.


 

 
Mark DeCarlo

With the cooperation of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, the 4th Annual Up In Smoke on the Square welcomes Mark Decarlo to Lincoln as Host and MC for many of this year's competitions and events.

As the 2011 & 2012 Emmy Award Winner as a Comic Contributor for ABC's Windy City LIVE radio program, and former host to the hit food show "Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo" which ran on the Travel Channel for 5 years, Mark has also authored his fast-selling book, "A Fork on the Road: 400 Cities, OneStomach".

These successes have catapulted Mark into the top tier of in-demand Celebrity Chefs and The Lincoln BBQ Committee, Logan County Tourism Bureau, and the City of Lincoln are all looking forward to the opportunity to welcome Mark to this year's event.