Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown



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. Information for the 2017 live music is currently unavailable. Please check back soon!

extra activities

Taking place in downtown Effingham, IL the weekend of July 28 - 29, 2017 along with Live Music, Family Fun, Craft Beer & Wine Tasting, Kids Q contest, Ice Cream eating contest, and much more!!!

full schedule

Information for the 2017 schedule is currently unavailable. Please check back soon!


Information for the 2017 vendors is currently unavailable. Please check back soon!

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 Sponsors

Hometown Throwdown Sponsors

  • Hometown Throwdown Sponsor

    Martin's I G A
  • Trophy Sponsor

    John Boos

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.

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


Join us at the EffingHAM-JAM this July!

Circle July 28 and 29 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 People's Choice award and the Grand Champion team will take home the $250 cach 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. 

Saturday is the official KCBS State Championship Competition, but there will be plenty of other things to enjoy, starting with the popular Effingham Farmers Market. We've heard you and there will be BBQ tastings offered by the professional KCBS teams this year. Plus, we've added a new Kids Q BBQ competition for budding grillers and more great music! 

There are still great sponsorship opportunities available. We thank the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, our marketing sponsor; John Boos & Company, our trophy sponsor and Effingham County Board, our judging headquarters sponsor. Information about Ham-Jam sponsorships is available on the Chamber website.