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September 22 & 23, 2017

Memorial Park


4th Annual “BBQ On The Hill” Competition & Festival

Join the Blue Island Park District September 22-23, 2017 as we host the 4th annual Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned BBQ on the Hill cooking competition and festival. General admission to the event is free, which features live entertainment, craft beer, and this year – there will be sauce.

So. Much. Sauce.

BBQ on the Hill is a celebration of family, friends, fun, and BBQ. Entertainment includes bingo, games, live music, and a bounce house for the kids.

Fest guests are encouraged to come hungry! In addition to taste-testing the competition ribs, attendees will be swimming their way to Sauce Town, the festival’s BBQ food vendor village – conveniently located near Brew City, starring Blue Island Beer Company’s stellar craft beer line-up.

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Hey kids! Are you Blue Island’s Top Dog?
Now you can prove it by taking part in our first ever BBQ on the Hill “Top Dog” Kids Competition at 6 pm on Friday, September 22. Children ages 8-14 are invited to join in on the cooking competition fun, where each contestant will use provided toppings and hot dogs to create the best doggone hot dog our judges have ever tasted!

But to win, you gotta play. Pre-register for Blue Island’s Top Dog Kids Competition by calling 708-385-3304, or visiting, and receive an official BBQ on the Hill chef’s apron. Hurry – space is limited to the first 20 contestants!DESERTS

Keithen Banks
Mississippi Heat
Don’t Freak The Band

Friday – September 22nd

Pie Eating Contest: 5 pm
Free to the Public. Children ages 6 to 13 welcome.

Blue Island’s Top dog: 6 pm
Children ages 8 to 14 years are invited to participate in our first-ever hot dog creation contest, Blue Island’s Top Dog. Contestants will compete head-to-head against other junior chefs for a chance to be this year’s TOP DOG! Contestants will be provided with a smorgasbord of traditional and some not-so-traditional ingredients to be used as toppings for their best hot dog creation. Contestants will be judged on Taste, Creativity, Originality, and Presentation.

Participation is free with pre-registration. Registrations may be completed online or at our Registration Office located at Memorial Park in Blue Island.

Jump House City: 5 pm – 10 pm
$5 Wristbands allow children access to all bounce houses and obstacles for the entire night.

Animal Show: 7 pm
Experience the World of Reptiles in this free show. Arrive early to secure a front row seat!

DJ YT and his all School Revue: 5pm – 8pm

Don’t Freak the Band, Live: 8:30 pm – 10 pm

Beer Tent: 5pm – 10 pm
Must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.
On Tap: Blue Island Beer Co. Budweiser, Bud Light, Wine

BBQ Food Vendors: 5 pm – 10 pm
Robinson’s Ribs
Blowin’ Smoque BBQ
Rib Brothers

Nothing Bundt Cakes
La Dolce Bakery

Saturday – September 23rd

BBQ Rib Cook-off: 8 am – 4 pm
Competitors from all parts of the nation will converge in Blue Island, IL. for this once a year competition of BBQ goodness. Competition is open to the public. Click here to become a contestant.

Competition Rib Sampling: 3:45 pm
Sample ribs from any or all of our competing BBQ teams. Sample tokens will be available for purchase on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 2 pm while supplies last.

Bounce House City: 12 pm – 10 pm
$5 wristbands are available for purchase. Bounce houses available from Noon to 10 pm.

Free Bingo: 1 pm – 3 pm
Test your luck in our free-to-play Bingo hours. Arrive early for the best seating.

Magic Show: 3 pm
Become mesmerized with a free magic show. Arrive early for the best seating.

Live Music
Keithen Banks – 5 pm to 7 pm
Mississippi Heat –  8 pm to 10 pm

Beer Tent: 12 pm – 10 pm
A selection from Blue Island Beer Company
Wine Selections

BBQ Food Vendors: 12 pm – 10 pm
Robinson’s Ribs
Blowin’ Smoque BBQ
Rib Brothers

Nothing Bundt Cakes
La Dolce Bakery

Guest of BBQ on the Hill can find lodging at a discounted rate at:

Baymont Inn
12801 South Cicero Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: 708-597-3900

Visit Baymont Inn of Alsip HERE

Please mention “BBQ on the Hill” to receive your special rate.

Compete in our Cook-Off!

Get registered to compete in this year’s Rib Cook-off. Click on the link below for to get started.

Let's get Cooking!
Register as a Tasting Judge

Sign up to become a judge for the 2017 BBQ on the Hill Cook-off. Click the link below to get started.

Judge Sign Up
Food Vendors

We are carefully accepting food vendors. Interested vendors may apply by submitting the application below.

Food Vendor App

We are carefully accepting vendors. Interested vendors may apply by submitting the application below.

Vendor Application