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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Glen Ellyn's 5th Annual Backyard BBQ Cook-Off is Now Full!


Our Backyard BBQ Cook-Off is now full with 60 teams competing for trophies, ribbons and braggin' rights. Any BBQ Cook-Off applications received will be wait listed.  We can't begin to thank you enough for your ovewhelming support making us the largest non-sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off in the State of Illinois.

P.S. We are still in need of sponsors and business vendors. We are also still accepting applications for our bags tourney!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

People's Choice Best Sauce Category is now Full!

With 129 days to go until the "Pig Day," we are still accepting entries for Best Dish and Best Ribs. However, our People's Choice Best Sauce category is NOW FULL and we are longer accepting entries for it.  Get em in folks, I expect that after Westmont's Red, White and BBQ we will fill up quickly!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 GE Backyard BBQ Competitor's List

GE BBQ Competitors - 2013  (as of June 25th)

▪ The Smoke Kings - Glen Ellyn
▪ Hot-Diggity-Hog - Wheaton
▪ Smokin J's BBQ Crew - Glendale Heights
▪ Running With The Boars - Hanover Park
▪ The Wolf Pack - Lombard 
▪ Illinois This Butt's For 'Que - Aurora
▪ In Hog Heaven - Bolingbrook
▪ Wild Bill's BBQ Il. - Willowbrook
▪ Lill St. BBQ - Glen Ellyn
▪ Chasing Smoke - Glen Ellyn
▪ HONE-E's - Downers Grove
▪ Porky Joe's BBQ - Elk Grove Village
▪ BB Krewe - Glen Ellyn
▪ Team Highlife - Lombard
▪ The Swine Crew - Chicago
▪ Porknography - Villa Park
▪ One Love Bar-B-Que - Plainfield
▪ Hoggy Style - Glen Ellyn
▪ "U" Bacon Me Crazy - Naperville
▪ Jack The Ribbers - Plainfield
▪ JT's BBQ - Downers Grove
▪ Pork A Palooza - Glenview
▪ Pigs in Paradise - Streamwood
▪ Fine Swine & Dine - DeKalb
▪ Porkus Uninterruptus - Glen Ellyn
▪ Harry Z Q - Bartlett
▪ Grillers Anonymous - Carol Stream
▪Team Patriot - Glen Ellyn
▪ The Irish Pig - Wheaton
▪ Ace of Diamonds BBQ - Lake in the Hills
▪ Bawlin Hawg BBQ - McCook
▪ 312 BBQ - Merrionette Park
▪ Big Daddy Dan - Streamwood
▪ CB's Finest BBQ - Glen Ellyn
▪ Smokin' Daddies - Glen Ellyn
▪ RW&B BBQ Team - Downers Grove
▪ Full Slabs - New Lenox
Mile High BBQ - Normal
▪ Ribbed & Saucey BBQ - Glen Ellyn
▪ Off Da Bone - Glen Ellyn
▪ Lord of the Ribs - Aurora
▪ The Munsons - Glen Ellyn
▪ Birdmans BBQ- Morris
 Riley Q - Carol Stream
 Parallel Porking - Glen Ellyn
▪ Night Owl Smoker - Bolingbrook
▪ Adam's Smokin' BBQ - Coal City
▪ Hawthorne Street Brewhouse - Glen Ellyn
▪ Porch Club - Glen Ellyn
▪ Uncle Booker's Bar-B-Kew - Bolingbrook
▪ Slab Happy - Glen Ellyn
▪ Cat Daddy's BBQ - North Aurora
▪ Shae Hog BBQ - Glendale Heights
▪ Tig's Brew 'N' Que - Berkley
▪ Heat'n Meat- Carol Stream
 Smokin' Tasty - Huntley
 Watchoo Smokin'? - Glen Ellyn
 Sei-Q - Wheaton
 Cadillac Jacks -West Chicago
 Gonzo BBQ - Wheaton
 Papa Sean's BBQ - Algonquin

Glen Ellyn's 5th Year Anniversary Backyard BBQ Cook-Off!

A great time was had by all last year... so this fall we’re going to do it again!

We are once more seeking certified rib judges, volunteer helpers, sponsors... and cooks who want to put their grilling skills to the test in the 5th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Competition.

Categories are Ribs, Best Dish and People's Choice BBQ Sauce. Best dish can be anything at all from grilled bacon wrapped stuffed hot dogs... to grilled pineapple cakes... to soft tacos with red snapper and tomatillo-avocado salsa. Best dish is all about your best dish on the grill.
This tasty experience is for ALL teams, regardless of experience. This is a non-sanctioned contest.
As been the case since 2009, this community event is a great launch pad for “local” and “new teams” to cook in a fantastic learning environment for honing experience and skills. It’s also a great place for “seasoned” teams to try out new recipes and techniques.
The event will be held in the Glenwood Ave. parking lot - Downtown Glen Ellyn [MAP] on September 14, 2013.
Entries in the Ribs and Best Dish categories must be able to accommodate six judges. Best BBQ Sauce must be homemade and will be people's choice. Prizes will be determined by the number of competitors; there is a small entry fee.
Teams should bring uncooked and unseasoned pork ribs (spares or baby backs), and/or uncooked and unseasoned ingredients for Best Dish. All dishes must be cooked on site (with exception of people's choice bbq sauce) and the protein portion of each dish must start raw. Contestants must provide their own equipment; charcoal and gas grills/smokers are welcome, electric grills/smokers and open pits are not.
A 9x9 Styrofoam “Clamshell” will be provided for each category. Garnish is completely optional.

Teams may arrive as early as 8:00 AM and begin cooking once their coolers have been inspected.

Judging for best dish will be at 2:30pm and judging for best pork ribs will be at 4:30pm (these times may be subject to change).  There will be a 5 minute window on either side of turn in times. (See Rules found in application for further details).

Interested in participating? Great! Here are the See 2013 FINAL COOK AND SAUCE RULES!

** Please make checks payable to Bridge Communities, Inc. and send snail mail to my attention at: 744 Willis St. Glen Ellyn, Il. 60137**

Be sure to check back here this summer for any changes or updates to this contest. And mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2013!
— Pig Daddy (630-890-0465)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Relive the Memories...

Here 'tis!

Images from the 4th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off extravaganza are now available...

Just click on the little thumbnail slideshow in the left-hand navigation column for the full-screen extravaganza!

And hang tight as plans for our 5th Year Anniversary Cook-Off are now in the works.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Winners!

Congratulations and thanks to all the participants for making this a record year, and thanks with a bit of jealousy goes out to the judges!

I can hardly wait until next year!

2012 Best Ribs

1st Big Daddy Dan’s BBQ - Streamwood
2nd Hot-Diggity-Hog - Wheaton
3rd Uncle Jimz Ribz - Wheaton
4th Team High Life - Lombard
5th Smokin Tasty - Huntley
6th Bawling Hawg BBQ - McCook
7th Moose’s Barbecue - Salem
8th Grillers Anonymous - Batavia
9th Porky Joe’s BBQ - Des Plaines
10th Head’s Red BBQ - Roselle

2012 Best Dish

1st Smokin Tasty - Huntley
2nd Team High Life - Lombard
3rd Lill St. BBQ – Glen Ellyn
4th Porknography - Woodale
5th Parallel Porking – Glen Ellyn
6th Hot-Diggity-Hog - Wheaton
7th Bawling Hawg BBQ - McCook
8th Chasing Smoke – Glen Ellyn
9th Running With The Boars – Hanover Park
10th 3 Little Pigs - Lombard

2012 Best Sauce (Peoples Choice)

1st The Irish Pig - Winfield
2nd 3 Little Pigs - Lombard
3rd Night Owl Smoker - Bolingbrook
4th Smokin J’s BBQ Crew - Glendale Heights
5th In Hog Heaven - Lisle

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