Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown



  • hometown throwdown & corporate challenge

    Information for the 2018 Hometown Throwdown Amateur competition is now available! The application is below for teams interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application


    contest flyer

  • KCBS professional competition

    Information for the 2018 KCBS competition is now available! Applications are below for both KCBS competition teams and certified judges interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the sanctioned contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

    judging application

Schedule of Events

live music

Save the date and come smell the BBQ downtown! Contact the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County for complete details and how you can get involved! All proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund.

Friday night's musical performances will be Quick & Bradley from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Kilborn Alley Blues from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and Evolver from 9:00 to 10:30 pm.

Quick & Bradley - 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Kilborn Alley Blues - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Evolver - 9:00 to 10:30 pm

Saturday afternoon's musical performance will be The Experienced. They are an aptly named trio with over a century of musical experiences combined. They play soft FM rock with minimal instrumentation and a focus. The Experienced will be performing from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 

Live Music Bookings, Stage Sound and Coordination by:

open mic

Check out Open Mic at The Office Pub on Saturday, July 28th

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extra activities

Taking place in downtown Effingham, IL the weekend of July 27 - 28, 2018 along with live music, family fun, craft beer & beverages, pancake breakfast, Dilly Bar eating contest, and much more!!!


If you are interested in being a vendor, please download one of the applications below. For more information or questions regarding vendors, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147.

non-food vendor

food vendor


Just wanted to let you all know you did a great job with the BBQ contest etc. We were there Friday, Saturday, then left for home Sunday morning. I loved that the shops were open, the farmer’s market, the pancake breakfast etc. I think this is one of the best ones we’ve ever been to! And everyone in Effingham is sooooo nice!!!! Loved it.

Kat Thorson

"High On The Hawg from Fayetteville, Tennessee has been a fan of Effingham Jam for the last 5 years. In 2013 we took Reserve Grand along with multiple top 10 calls every year after. We are still pursuing that Effingham Jam Grand! The folks of Effingham, all the volunteers, coordinators and everyone there make sure all is top notch for the cook teams and their guests. If you haven't ever been to Effingham to compete or even visit it's definitely a great place to check in to."

Buck and Lou Buchanan
High On The Hawg Award Winning BBQ Team
Fayetteville, TN.

Ham-Jam sponsors

thank you!

The EffingHAM-JAM State BBQ Championship would not be possible without the support of many area businesses and organizations.

It is because of these pro-community efforts that result in events such as this to our area. Be sure to show your appreciation to this year's event sponsors! Interested in sponsoring? We welcome both financial and in-kind sponsorships to best fit your investment!

want to be a sponsor?

Email the Chamber


Presenting Sponsor

Coors Light

in association with Koerner Distributor

KCBS Competition Sponsor

Hometown Throwdown Sponsors

  • State Sponsor

  • Judging Headquarters

    Stang Arts
  • Trophy Sponsor

    John Boos
  • hometown throwdown & corporate challenge

    Martin's IGA
  • Dilly Bar Eating Contest Sponsor

    Effingham Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
  • T-Shirt Sponsor

  • Marketing Sponsor

  • Pigs & Pancakes Sponsors


  • Schottman's Sweet Corn Sponsors

    Everclean Car Wash


  • Family Fun Sponsor

    The Equity
  • Banner Sponsor

  • Friends of the Ham Jam

    HSHS SAMH Hospice
    Midwest Aerial
    The Zone 24 Hour Fitness
    Big Brothers / Big Sisters
    The Marxmann Group
    First National Bank of Waterloo
    Doehring, Winders & Co.
    Effingham Express Car Wash
    Sarah Bush Lincoln - Bonutti Clinic

  • Information Sponsor

About Ham-Jam

  • event coordination

    Chamber Foundation of Effingham County
    (217) 342-4147
    Email the Chamber

  • hotel accomodations

    Visit the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau website to learn more about lodging in the Effingham area. La Quinta Inn & Suites will be offering a 20% discount for Ham-Jam attendees.

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Join us at the EffingHAM-JAM this July!

Circle July 27 and 28 on your calendar and join us in downtown Effingham, IL for the EffingHAM-JAM and Kansas City BBQ Society State BBQ Championship, sponsored by Coors Light in cooperation with Koerner Distributor. Friday evening’s Hometown Throwdown local BBQ competition sets the stage for a great weekend of great BBQ, music, food and fun! Your team of amateur BBQ enthusiasts can compete for category trophies, a Taste for Ticket award and the Grand Champion team will take home the $250 cash prize, sponsored by Martin’s IGA! We’ll also have great music, food and beverages. Thanks to the City of Effingham, participants will be able to move around the event area with beverages purchased at the Beer and Wine Tent. Friday night we are bringing back the popular Kilborn Alley Blues band from Champaign Quick and Bradley as well as EVOLVER (formerly ESP)! Saturday is the official KCBS State Championship Competition, but there will be plenty of other things to enjoy, starting the day off with the popular Effingham Farmer’s Market along with live music by The Experienced. Competitor and vendor information/applications are now available online at www.effinghamjam.com and spaces are available at the low price of $100 per booth for the whole weekend. (Food vendor pricing is also available.) There are still great sponsorship opportunities available. We thank the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, our marketing sponsor; John Boos & Company, our trophy sponsor and StangARTS Studio & Gallery, our judging headquarters sponsor. Information about Ham-Jam sponsorships is available on the Chamber website.