pigs and swigs lincoln il

Welcome to Pigs & Swigs 2020!

Up in Smoke on the Square draws pitmasters from across the U.S. to compete and showcase their legendary BBQ. Held on June 5th & 6th, in historical downtown Lincoln, Pigs & Swigs Festival was created to make sure the public got a piece of this longstanding finger lickin’ tradition. With local live bands, a list of craft beer events, the traditional craft fair in Scully Park, this year’s festival has something for every member of your family. Plus, we’re gearing up to host the entertaining canine athletes — DockDogs. Details about each event are listed below (updates added periodically). Bring the whole family to downtown Lincoln, IL and enjoy the 2020 Pigs & Swigs Festival!

For more things to do in Lincoln, check out: Things To Do
In the meantime, here is what’s happening this year…

 BBQ Events in Downtown Lincoln

Even though the competing pitmasters will be hard at work on their BBQ and other meats, you won’t go hungry. There will be a little something for everyone when it comes to food choices at the 2020 Pigs & Swigs Festival. There’s no doubt that with all the events, you’re sure to work up a hefty appetite. Although we invite you to come to the Pigs & Swigs Festival VERY hungry, you won’t be leaving that way! Check out the vendors and their menus below. 

2020 Pigs & Swigs Vendors & Menus

Culler’s: Fries
Wood Fire Pizza: Pulled pork pizza, Italian beef, meatball sandwich

Lincolnland Catering: Walleye fish sandwiches, walleye fish nuggets, lemonade shake-ups, iced tea, sweet tea

Pauly’S BBQ: Pulled pork, Piggy Mac: smoked mac and cheese with pulled pork on top, Hough Trough: bed of potatoes, peppers, onions, pulled pork, cheese, sour cream, ribs, sausage, pulled pork nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, hand breaded mushrooms and pickles, funnel cake fries

Nuthatch Hill BBQ Co.: Fresh pork rinds, ribeye steak sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoked chicken wings, hot dogs, strawberry lemonade

Country Fryer: Turkey legs, fried turkey sandwiches, BBQ pork chop sandwiches, ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, turkey corn dogs, lemonade shake-ups

Gramma Nana’s Kitchen: Cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, Gramma’s original, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin), edible cookie dough, ice cream sundae

 Up in Smoke on the Square Competition

Friday & Saturday, June 5th – 6th, 2020

Up to 50 Championship teams will be competing 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!

Up in Smoke on the Square: Schedule of Events 2020 (Coming soon!)

→ Steak Cook Off
Offering another activity that allows a bigger variety of teams to participate, The Lincoln BBQ Committee has added a SCA sanctioned Steak Cookoff to the line-up on Friday, June 5th, 2020. This event will allow any individual, not just those participating in the KCBS cookoff, to participate. Are you up for this challenging and fun cook off? Click HERE for details.

→ Kids ‘Que
Enjoy your day helping your young chef get started in competitive cooking with our Up in Smoke on the Square Kids’ Que competition on Saturday, June 6th. In a fun competition making ground beef patties, this year’s competition provides two age groups: 7-11 year-olds and 12-15 year-olds. Click HERE for details.

→ Backyard
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the delicious madness that is a BBQ competition, now is your chance! At only $50 per team to enter, the Backyard BBQ competition on Saturday, June 6th offers the opportunity for amateurs to showcase their BBQ talents. With more than $500 in cash prizes up for grabs, don’t miss your chance! Click HERE for more details

Craft Beer and Wine Events

Homebrew Competition
For Homebrew Competition Rules, click here: 2019 Homebrew Competition Rules (2020 rules coming soon!)
The categories for competition include: 
• Stout/Porter 
• Brown/Amber
• Wheat
• Pilsner
• Miscellaneous 

Breweries and Wineries

→Bags Tournament

Live Music


The fastest growing sport on four legs, dock jumping is a dog sport that welcomes any breed, mix, or size of dog. In dock jumping, dogs compete by jumping for either distance, height, or speed from a dock. Usually to retrieve a toy their handler tossed, these athletic pooches make a big splash by jumping right into a body of water.

To register your dog for the 2020 DockDogs Competition held at the Pigs & Swigs Festival, click here: DockDogs Registration 2020 (Coming soon!)

Crafts, Vendors, and Family Fun Day in the Park

Saturday – June 6th, 2020, 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Just a short walk from the BBQ events, the 2020 craft fair has something for everyone. Even the kids will find something to take home with 40+ vendors—handmade crafts, woodworking, direct sale, etc.