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 a very worthy local charity,
The Illinois CancerCare Foundation.
Since then the event has grown exponentially
each year. This growth can be attributed to the hard work of our organizational
committee and our volunteers also the support of our great community!
Our event features the following:
A KCBS professional BBQ competition featuring some of the countries best touring teams.
A backyard competition for local BBQ enthusiasts to show off their skills.
2 days of amazing local bands on our entertainment stage.
A covered beer garden.
Several top notch food vendors featuring BBQ, pizza, burgers, kettle corn and much more.
A large craft/vendor fair with 50+ vendors.
Several kids activities including; Inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo and much more!
There is something for everyone in the family.
All proceeds from our event go to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. This local charity funds
clinical trials and research right her in Central Illinois. They have 100+
clinical trials at any given time. All money donated stays local and is used on
the patients or for research. To date we have donated over $47,000.00 to the
Illinois CancerCare Foundation. We hope to keep increasing that number each year!
color changing cup $3.00
Insulated Solo Cup $5.00
Can Koozie $3.00
Bottle Koozie $4.oo
BBQ Throwdown Decal $3.oo
Keep Calm shirt $15.00 $18.00 for xxl
These items can be purchased at
the Morton Tourism office located at
375 W Birchwood Morton IL
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Champaign/Urbana