Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown


EffingHAM-Jam is scheduled* for Friday, July 23 & Saturday, July 24, 2021!

(*Subject to change/cancellation)


  • hometown throwdown & corporate challenge

    Information for the 2020 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 2020 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



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 to Last Year's Sponsors

  • Koerner Distributor, Inc.
  • Teutopolis Banquet Hall
  • Stang Arts
  • John Boos
  • Martin's IGA
  • AKRA Builders
  • Effingham Prompt Care
  • Dairy Queen
  • Law Group of Illinois, LTD
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Imagine This! Marketing Group
  • Siemer Milling Company
  • Rotary International
  • Continental Mills
  • Agracel, Inc.
  • Southtown Car Wash
  • Everclean Car Wash
  • Land of Lincoln Credit Union
  • Beck's
  • HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital
  • Consolidated Communications
  • WCIA News
  • SIRS
  • Marxmann Group
  • Smokey's House BBQ
  • Stillwater Enterprises

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?

View Sponsorship Opportunities

Email the Chamber


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.

  • like us on facebook!

    Learn more & visit all the memories from previous "HamJams!"

volunteer at EffingHam-Jam

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

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Join us at the EffingHAM-JAM this July!

Circle July 23 and 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. 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 a 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.