Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown



  • hometown throwdown amateur competition

    Ready for some local, fun and friendly BBQ competition? Show your skills at this year's Hometown Throwdown! Round up your team of friends, co-workers, family, or weekend grill-buddies and enter for a chance to win Cash, Trophies and Braggin' Rights all year!

    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 cash prize, sponsored by Martin's IGA.

    Don't miss this great event in downtown Effingham for a weekend of fun that's all about BBQ!!

    competitor application

    additional info


  • KCBS professional competition

    The EffingHAM-JAM BBQ State Championship is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event and judging will be done by KCBS rules and regulations.

    We have 100% KCBS certified judges at our contest and competitors will be competing for a $6,000 cash prize purse along with custom John Boos butcher block trophies!

    Come meet BBQ pros that compete all across the country chasing their passion for BBQ and their love of camaraderie.

    The KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 15,000 members worldwide and sanctions over 400 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America every year! From lavish cooking rigs to simple backyard smokers, come see how the pros do it on the road all season!

    Grand Prize: $1,200;
    Reserve Grand Prize: $700

    The 4 categories, (chicken, ribs, pork & beef brisket) will each pay to their first 5 places:

    1st: $450; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150; 4th: $100; 5th: $75

    competitor application

    judging application

  • Kids Q competition

    We are looking for the most talented kid griller in Ham Land!

    Does your child barbeque like a professional? Are they a grilling expert?

    For the first time, a special kid-friendly contest will be featured at this family-friendly event. Kids will have a chance to display their own BBQ culinary skills on Saturday, July 23rd and become a part of the EffingHAM-JAM experience.

    The Kids Q is a BBQ contest targeted at Kids age 8 to 13.

    So, come on out and fire up your grills and show us what you got!

    Grillers will be judges on the following:
    Appearance, Tenderness, Flavor, and Overall Impression


    1st – $60 - 1st place Kids Q Champion Apron
    2nd – $40 - 2nd place Kids Q Champion Apron
    3rd – $20 - 3rd place Kids Q Champion Apron

    competitor 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.

extra activities

Taking place in downtown Effingham, IL the weekend of July 22 - 23, 2016 along with Live Music, Family Fun, Craft Beer & Wine Tasting, Kids Q contest, Ice Cream eating contest, and much more!!!


Spaces are available at the low price of $100 per booth for the whole weekend.

Interested in becoming a vendor at the EffingHAM-JAM?

Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application

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

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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Join us at the EffingHAM-JAM this July!

Circle July 22 and 23 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. We are bringing back the popular Kilborn Alley Blues band from Champaign and the Blind Rebel southern rock group from Bedford, IN.

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.