Welcome to
Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown

We are sorry to announce that the Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown cannot hold their annual event at the Peoria Riverfront. But that does not mean you won’t be able to cook/compete that weekend! A one-time event in the area will be held in Eureka, IL (just 20 minutes away). CIBBQ Red Devil Edition will be held at Eureka College, July 17-19, 2020. Registration will be available at kcbs.us. Sorry for the inconvenience and we will see you next year!

Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront
JULY 15TH, 16TH, & 17TH, 2021

A Little About Us

This event was started in 2011 for two reasons:

1. to bring the thrill of professional KCBS BBQ to Central Illinois; and

2. to raise money for very worthy local charities.

Since then the event has grown each year. This growth can be attributed to the hard work of our organizational committee and our volunteers and the support of our great community! In 2016 our event moved to Festival Park at the Peoria Riverfront. Our event features the following: A KCBS professional BBQ competition featuring some of the country’s best touring teams. A backyard competition for local BBQ enthusiasts to show off their skills. 2 days of amazing bands on our entertainment stage. Several top notch food.

All proceeds from our event go to local charities. To date we have donated over $70,000.00 to those charities. We hope to keep increasing that number each year!

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