“What started in 2009 as a small, block-party-
Both amateur and seasoned barbecuers are taking their backyard talents to downtown Glen Ellyn in hopes of winning bragging rights. Forty six teams will be competing in this year’s BBQ competition. Judging is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Competition categories are Best Ribs, Best Dish, and – new this year – People’s Choice Award for Best Sauce.
While grilled and smoked meats will take the spotlight, there is much more to the event than just BBQ. Food vendors include Smokin' Wills, Brand BBQ Market, Tap House Grill, and Dippin' Dots.
Tom Koprowski, a Glen Ellyn resident and barbecue enthusiast and co-founder of the BBQ who goes by the nickname “Pig Daddy,” adds, “This year’s music lineup is fantastic. We’ve got Amy Kelly with the Bill Ande Band returning, along with Buzz Kilman and the Blues Rocket Scientists and Cadillac Dave and His Chicago Red Hots also performing. It’s going to be great!”
Another competition takes place at the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off: the Bags Tournament. In its second year, the Bags Tournament welcomes two-person teams for a double elimination format competition. The Tournament begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends with the final four at approximately 4:00 p.m. The 1st Place team wins a trophy and a set of Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ cornhole boards. The 2nd place team will receive a trophy. Winners will be announced on the main stage along with the BBQ competition winners. The entry donation is $30 per team minimum (more is always appreciated!)
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To enter the either the barbecue or bags competitions, participants must submit a form and a fee. Applications for the contests and more information can be found at http://www.glenellynbackyardbbq.com.
Sponsors include Glen Ellyn Bank and Trust, Advanced Healthcare Associates, WDCB Radio College of DuPage, Pirate 50 Trophies, Glancer Magazine, Stubbs, Bryall YMCA, Abbey Resort, House of Graphics, 360 Digital, Professional Paving and Concrete Company, Inc. and Euclid Beverage.
Greg Bane, member of the BBQ planning committee, says, “After participating for the first time last year, WDCB is so happy with our event that Marketing Director Ken Scott indicates WDCB will double its support from last year!”
The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ is an unofficial community gathering run by neighborhood volunteers and is not affiliated with any organization other than its sponsors and not-for-profit beneficiary, Bridge Communities. Entrants and guests participate at their own risk. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.