Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown


EffingHAM-JAM is back for 2021!

Circle Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 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. Thanks to the City of Effingham, participants will be able to move around the event area with beverages purchased at the Beer Tent.

Friday evening’s Hometown Throwdown local BBQ competition sets the stage for a weekend of great BBQ, music, food, and fun! Your team of amateur BBQ enthusiasts can compete for category trophies and $250 cash prize for the Grand Champion team! Loose Lips (formerly known as Fish On) featuring Effingham’s own Myles Baker, will perform from 7-10:30 pm.

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 the EffingHAM-JAM Open Mic.

Barbecue tasting tickets (Friday) and drink tickets (Friday & Saturday) will be available for purchase at the info booth... CASH ONLY! A variety of food & non-food vendors will also be set up both days for your chance to support local businesses.

Competitor and vendor information/applications are now available here and spaces are available at a low price of $100 per booth for the whole weekend. (Food vendor pricing is also available.)

Interested in sponsoring? There are still great opportunities available.

Information about HAM-JAM sponsorships can be found here or on the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce website.

(all subject to change/cancellation)


  • hometown throwdown & corporate challenge

    Information for the 2021 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


  • KCBS professional competition

    Information for the 2021 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

Friday, July 23rd

Food & Non-Food Vendors
5:00 - 10:00 PM

Hometown Throwdown Corporate Challenge
Judging & Tasting begin at 5:30 PM

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Loose Lips
7:00 - 10:30 PM

Saturday, July 24th

Farmers Market
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pancakes & Coffee
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Compliments of Continental Mills &
Fox Holler Coffee (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Courthouse Museum
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

EffingHAM JAM Open Mic
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Food & Non-Food Vendors
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Official KCBS Competition
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Awards at 4:00 PM




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

Ham-Jam sponsors

Our 2021 Sponsors

  • Koerner Distributor Inc.
  • Lakeside EMS
  • Visiting Angels
  • Martin’s Save A Lot
  • John Boos & Co.
  • Imagine This! Marketing Group
  • Wabash Communications/IL Fiber Connect/Montrose Mutual Telephone Co.
  • City of Effingham
  • Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Land of Lincoln Credit Union
  • Leisure Times Pools & Spas Ltd.
  • AKRA Builders, Inc.
  • Crossroads Bank
  • Law Group of Illinois LTD
  • SDS Technology
  • Sherwin Williams Company
  • Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Corrie Appraisal & Consulting
  • Country Financial-Tammy Douthit
  • Effingham Prompt Care
  • First Mid Bank & Trust
  • Jansen’s Heating & Air
  • RE/MAX Key Advantage-Jeff Speer & Alexis Speer
  • Siner Auto Detailing
  • Southtown Car Wash
  • The New York Blower Company
  • Wortman Printing Company
  • Agracel, Inc.
  • First National Bank of Waterloo
  • SIR Investigations, LLC
  • Smoky's House BBQ
  • Stillwater Enterprises, Inc.
  • The Marxman Group
  • Weis Insurance Agency, LLC
  • Heartland Towing & Recovery
  • LaQuinta Inn & Suites
  • Sanitation Service, Inc.
  • Teutopolis Banquet Hall

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



If you are interested in volunteering for the EffingHAM-JAM, please contact the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at (217) 342-4147.

Your help with assist the Chamber in hosting a premier event for both the cooking teams and the general public.

Click here to sign up

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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