Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown


EffingHAM-JAM 2022!

You're invited to put some pork on your fork at the EffingHAM-JAM and Kansas City BBQ Society State (KCBS) BBQ Championship July 22-23 in Downtown Effingham. This event is sponsored by Miller Lite/Coors Light/Blue Moon Light Sky/Topo Chico/Leinenkugel’s in cooperation with Koerner Distributor, Inc.

The weekend activities get underway on Friday evening at 5:30pm with judging & tastings* of the Hometown Throwdown Corporate Challenge where teams of amateur BBQ enthusiasts will compete for category trophies and a $250 cash price for the Grand Champion. This sets the stage for a weekend of great BBQ, music, food & beverage, and fun for the entire family.

Local band, The Troubadours, and one of Nashville's finest rock and roll bands, Loose Lips, featuring Effingham's own Myles Baker, are back for 2022 and will be on stage all evening for your entertainment pleasure.

Start your Saturday off by perusing the Effingham Farmers Market, indulging in a complimentary pancake breakfast sponsored by Continental Mills, and supporting our local food and non-food vendors.

We are delighted to bring back the Children’s Activity area sponsored by C.E.F.S. where all ages can enjoy face painting, an obstacle course, bean bag toss, crafts, Noah’s Ark petting zoo, and more fun-filled games. We are excited for the children to explore an Effingham Fire Department fire truck and Effingham Police Department police car.

The KCBS Professional Competition will get underway at 12pm with teams competing in a variety of delicious categories. Judging concludes at 2pm with the official KCBS awards ceremony wrapping up the day at 4pm.

We are actively accepting Hometown Throwdown teams, food and non-food vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. Please contact Nicole Morrison at the Effingham County Chamber at (217) 342-4147 if interested or click on the appropriate links below.

All information can be found online here at EffingHAMJAM.com, EffinghamCountyChamber.com/Events, or the HAM-JAM Facebook page @EffingHamJam.

Proceeds of the HAM-JAM go to the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County Scholarship Program. There are many ways to support HAM-JAM and the Chamber Foundation by being a sponsor or volunteer. Questions can be directed to Nicole Morrison, Director of Marketing & Communications, at the Chamber office at 217-342-4147 or NMorrison@EffinghamCountyChamber.com.

*while supplies last – no refunds will be issued
**all subject to change/cancellation


  • hometown throwdown & corporate challenge

    Information for the 2022 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 at 217-342-4147.


    competitor application


  • KCBS professional competition

    Information for the 2022 KCBS competition is now available! The applications are below for KCBS competition teams interested in participating in the event. For more information or questions regarding the sanctioned contest, please contact the Effingham County Chamber at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 22nd

Food Trucks | Vendors | Beer Tent
5:00 - 10:30 PM

Hometown Throwdown Amateur BBQ Challenge
5:30pm – until sold out*

The Troubadours
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Loose Lips
7:00 - 10:30 PM

*While tasting samples last – no refunds

Saturday, July 23rd

Farmers Market
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pancakes | Sausage | Coffee
Sponsored by Continental Mills & Fox Holler Coffee
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Children’s Activities
sponsored by C.E.F.S
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
for all ages: face painting, obstacle course, bean bag toss, photo booth, crafts, sensory tables, City of Effingham fire truck & police car, Noah's Ark petting zoo, U of I Take & Make Snacks + more activities & games

Food Trucks | Vendors | Beer Tent
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Official KCBS Competition
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Awards at 3:00 PM



If you are interested in being a vendor, please fill out the application below. For more information or questions regarding vendors, please contact the Effingham County Chamber at 217-342-4147.

vendor application

Sweet: Homewood Grill | Side Hustle | Smokehouse Kettle Corn
Savory: All American BBQ | All American Gril | Pierogi Rig | Slow Spark BBQ | The Wurst Wiener
Beverages: Over the Top Concessions | Rosie Jean’s Sweet Tea & Jesus | SweeTeaz Traveling Tea
+ More: Culligan Water | Cricket Wireless | Effingham Army Recruiting | Penny’s Crafts | Stanfield Chiropractic

Ham-Jam sponsors

Our 2022 Sponsors

Presenting | Koerner Distributor, Inc.

Trophy | John Boos & Co.

T-Shirt | Lakeside EMS

Hometown Throwdown | Big Papa's; HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital; Patterson Technology

Marketing | Imagine This! Marketing Group

Blue Smoke | City of Effingham-Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau; Land of Lincoln Credit Union; Premier Broadcasting; Sarah Bush Lincoln

Burnt Ends | AKRA Builders, Inc.;Midland States Bank; Sherwin Williams Company; Visiting Angels

Texas Crunch | Agracel, Inc.; Brookstone Estates; Cornerstone Church; Effingham Army Recruiting Station; First Mid Bank & Trust; Jansen’s Heating & Air; Law Group, LTD; SDS Technology; The New York Blower Company

Friend | First National Bank of Waterloo; Southtown Car Wash; Wortman Printing Company

In Kind | C.E.F.S.; Continental Mills; Effingham Asphalt Co.; Effingham Park District; Effingham Public Library; Fox Holler Coffee; Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois; Heartland Towing & Recovery; Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe; Sanitation Service, Inc.; Siemer Milling Company; Stang Arts; 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!

want to be a sponsor?

Interested in sponsoring? We welcome both financial and in-kind sponsorships to best fit your investment!

View Sponsorship Opportunities

Email the Chamber



We are recruiting volunteers for a variety of shifts on Friday and Saturday covering the Beer Tent, Hometown Throwdown, Info Booth, Tear Down/Clean Up and Floaters.

This is a fun opportunity to bring your friends & family and volunteer as a group or rack up those service/community project hours for work or school. All volunteers will receive a complimentary 2022 HAM-JAM t-shirt.

This event relies heavily on volunteers to help us host a premier event for both the cooking teams and our community. We would love and appreciate your support!

Click here to view the different volunteer shifts and register online.

About Ham-Jam

Proceeds of the HAM-JAM go to the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County Community Scholarship Program. The Chamber Foundation provides educational opportunities for youth and the workforce to build and strengthen personal and business capacity and foster a commitment to leadership and community development. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Scholarship Program has awarded $238,000 to 201 recipients.

  • event coordination

    Effingham County Chamber
    (217) 342-4147
    Email the Chamber

  • hotel accomodations

    Call LaQuinta Inn & Suites at 217-540-1111 to receive a 20% discount on your room rate. Mention EffingHAM-JAM when reserving.

    Visit the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau website to learn more about lodging in the Effingham area. 

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