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, a Taste for Ticket award, 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.

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. We thank our sponsors to date: Koerner Distributor, Inc. (presenting), Imagine This! Marketing Group (marketing); John Boos & Company (trophy); Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau; SDS Technology; Law Group of Illinois, LTD; & Smoky’s House of BBQ.

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

Hog Jog 5K Walk/Run
6:00 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

Courthouse Museum
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

EffingHAM JAM Open Mic
11:00 AM - 3:00 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.
  • John Boos & Co.
  • Law Group of Illinois, LTD
  • SDS Technology
  • Imagine This! Marketing Group
  • Smoky's House BBQ
  • Lakeside EMS
  • Visiting Angels
  • Leisure Times
  • Effingham Prompt Care
  • Sanitation Service, Inc.

Thank You to Our 2019 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.

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    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.
Link to volunteer coming soon!

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