Effingham IL Illinois State KCBS BBQ Barbeque, Hometown Throwdown

 

EffingHAM-JAM 2022!

Put some pork on your fork at EffingHAM-JAM July 22-23 in Downtown Effingham.

Mark Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 on your calendar to join us in downtown Effingham, IL for the EffingHAM-JAM and Kansas City BBQ Society State BBQ Championship, sponsored by Koerner Distributor, Inc. 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, Top Hog, or the Grand Champion team! Local band, The Troubadours, will start the evening at 5:30pm opening for Loose Lips (formerly known as Fish On) featuring Effingham’s own Myles Baker, performing from 7-10:30 pm.

Saturday is the official KCBS State Championship Competition, but there will be plenty of other things for families to enjoy, starting off with the popular Effingham Farmer’s Market.

Information & applications for competitors & vendors are now available. Spaces for food & non-food vendors are available for $125-$175 per booth for the entire weekend.

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.

*all subject to change/cancellation

Contests

  • 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

    rules

  • KCBS professional competition

    Information for the 2022 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 at 217-342-4147.

    competitor application

    judge application

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 22nd

Food & Non-Food Vendors
5:00 - 10:00 PM

Hometown Throwdown Corporate Challenge
Judging & Tasting begin at 5:30 PM

The Troubadours
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Loose Lips
7:00 - 10:30 PM

Saturday, July 23rd

Farmers Market
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Food & Non-Food Vendors
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Official KCBS Competition
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Awards at 4:00 PM

 

Vendors

vendors

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

Ham-Jam sponsors

Our 2022 Sponsors

  • Koerner Distributor Inc.
  • John Boos & Co.
  • Imagine This! Marketing Group

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

 


volunteer

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

Your help will assist the Chamber in hosting a premier event for both the cooking teams and the general public.

Click here to sign up

About Ham-Jam

Proceeds of the HAM-JAM go to the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County Scholarship Program.

  • event coordination

    Effingham County Chamber
    (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!"