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September 21 & 22, 2018

Memorial Park


5th Annual “BBQ On The Hill” Competition & Festival

Join the Blue Island Park District September 21st and 22nd of 2018 as we host the 5th 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 21st. 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

Friday – September 21st

Food Vendors: 5 pm – 10:00pm

Bounce House City: 5 pm – 10:30 pm

DJ YT: 7 pm

Blue Island TOP DOG: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Crosstown Exotic Animal Show: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Musical Entertainment: Coax and Folks 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday – September 22nd

KCBS Cook-Off: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

DJ YT: 12:00 pm

Bounce House City: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Magic Show with magician John Measner: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rib Sampling: 4:00 pm – Until all contestants sell out (usually less than an hour)

Cook-Off Award Ceremony: 4:45 pm

Musical Entertainment “Muddcats”: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Musical Entertainment “Rico”: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Musical Entertainment

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