September 20, 21 & 22, 2019

Memorial Park

6th Annual BBQ on the Hill


2018 BBQ on the Hill KCBS Cook-Off

Official Results:

Pork Ribs

1st Place Pork Ribs: Bad Axe BBQ
2nd Place Pork Ribs: HurriQ
3rd Place Pork Ribs: Fire Craft BBQ


1st Place Chicken: Rusty Pig BBQ
2nd Place Chicken: Lilies BBQ
3rd Place Chicken: Pigout BBQ


Bad Axe BBQ

People’s Choice Award

Smoke of the Irish

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Register for the 5th annual KCBS Sanctioned Cook-off

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Trained tastebuds wanted. Judge a KCBS Cook-off

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About KCBS

THE KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE SOCIETY (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 20,000 members worldwide.

KCBS sanctions over 500 barbeque contests worldwide. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.


Visit to learn more about upcoming sanctioned events.

BBQ on the Hill is celebrating 6 years of BBQ goodness!

South Chicagoland’s favorite Cook-off and festival returns for another year of entertainment and mouth-watering goodness.  Fest-goers can enjoy 3 days of music, live entertainment, hot delicious food, a beer garden serving locally brewed beer and domestic favorites, and activities for the whole family.

This and so much more available with no admission fee. It’s no wonder that BBQ on the Hill remains one of the city’s best summer attractions.

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Friday – September 20th

5 pm to 10  pm



Saturday – September 21st

Noon to 10  pm


KCBS Cook-Off: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Rib Tasting Tickets on Sale: 2:00 pm

Rib Tasting Hour (Sampling): 4:00 pm

Cook-Off Award Ceremony: 5:00 pm

Sunday – September 22nd

Noon to 10  pm


Firework Show: 9:10 pm

Free Show

September 22


Enjoy a fireworks show presented by the Blue Island Park District in honor of the 5th annual BBQ on the Hill Festival. Spectators may enjoy the fireworks display from hill-side lawn seating, stadium bleachers, or from anywhere within the festival grounds. 

  • Get comfortable! Guests may pack a blanket or chair and enjoy the show from the hillside
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited outside of the designated area (beer garden)
  • No outside alcohol is allowed
  • Must be 21 years or over to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

Blue Island’s Top Dog

A Culinary Competition for Children


September 20

6 pm

Hey Kids!

Are you Blue Island’s Top Dog?
Now you can prove it by taking part in the BBQ on the Hill “Top Dog” Kids Competition on Friday, September 20th. Children ages 6-12 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.

How it works

Each participant will be given 3 pre-cooked hot dogs and their choice of up to 6 ingredients from a “Smörgåsbord” of ingredients. After ingredients are selected, contestants will be given a limited time to create their version of the “best hot dog in town”. Each hotdog will be judged based on Creativity, Presentation, and Taste by a panel of judges. Gift cards will be awarded to the contestants with the highest scores.

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  • Participation is free and open to the public.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Open to children ages 6 to 12 years of age
  • Each participant must register separately.
  • No team registration
  • Participant must be accompanied by an adult
  • No supplies required.
  • Limit 20 participants
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Live Music

September 20

 8 pm to 10 pm

September 21

5 pm to 7 pm

September 22

8 pm to 10 pm

Public Tasting Hour


September 21

4 pm

In addition to the wide selection of food vendors, BBQ on the Hill will host a Public Rib Tasting featuring ribs prepared by contestants of the 6th annual BBQ on the Hill Cook-Off.

How it works

During the Rib Tasting Hour (or Public Sampling), Cook-off contestants will provide rib samples to the public in exchange for Rib Tokens. Each Rib Token can be redeemed one (1) rib bone at any of the participating BBQ on the Hill Cook-off competitors. You may sample from as many competitors as you have tokens. After sampling, you may cast your vote(s) for the whom in your opinion served up the Best Tasting Ribs. award. The competitor with the most votes will win the 2018 “People Choice” award.

Special attention should be taken by anyone wishing to participate.

  • The Public Tasting Hour is open to the public
  • Ribs can only be purchased with Rib Tokens
  • Rib Tokens will be available for purchase on Sept. 22nd starting at 2 pm
  • Rib tokens are sold in sets of 4 and include 1 “People’s Choice” Ballot ($5)
  • Hungry guests are encouraged to purchase more than one set of tokens
  • One (1) Token may be redeemed for one (1) pork rib bone
  • Rib tokens are sold on a first come, first-served basis
  • Arrive early and act fast! Rib samples sell out quickly


In addition to Saturday’s Rib Sampling Hour, Guests of BBQ on the Hill can get their fill from any of our taste-bud approved food options, all event long.