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Nov 6

Saluting With Smoke – Yorkville American Legion Post 489

November 6 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0

Saluting With Smoke offers a unique and patriotic barbeque experience as a KCBS Competitor Series BBQ Contest.

Cooks compete in a four category KCBS Competitor Series Event including: Chicken, Ribs, Anything Goes – PORK, and the MRE Challenge.

Teams competing are required to have a Veteran on their team. If you don’t have a Veteran, or would like to host another Veteran, Mission Zero Hundred Hours will provide Veterans to join teams.

If you have a Veteran on your team, your Veteran must register using the form below in order to attend.

  • Competition Categories: Chicken, Ribs, Anything Goes – PORK, The MRE Challenge.
  • Chicken: We will follow KCBS Master Series rules for the Chicken entry.
  • Ribs: ​We will follow KCBS Master Series rules for the Ribs entry.
  • Anything Goes – PORK: Thanks to our generous Smokin with Smithfield Grant this category now must include pork in your entry. Garnish is open and you may present your entry in any way you like.
  • The MRE Challenge: MRE’s are provided, and will be selected on Saturday morning. Each team will draw two MRE’s and must use 3 ingredients from each MRE pack. You may add any other ingredients you wish. Condiments do not count as main ingredients. Teams will be provided a recipe card and must turn it in with your entry. Entries not using the required minimum ingredients will be disqualified. garnish is open and you may present your entry in any way you like.

Registration: price includes entry into all four categories, plus two provided MRE’s. Teams must fit in your assigned cooksite. If you select a cooksite smaller than your needs, you may not be able to compete in the contest

    • Cooksite sizes available
      • 20 x 20 $250
      • 20 x 30 $275
      • 20 x 40 $300
      • 20 x 50 $325

Tentative Prize Purse: $3,000 with payout through 10th place! The prize purse may increase based on sponsor participation.

Trophies: awarded – 1-10 place.

No hook-ups for water or electric. Generators are permitted. Central water spigot.



  • 2pm – 8pm early team load in window with overnight camping permitted
  • 8pm – 11pm Bonfire – bonfire pit
  • 11pm quiet hours begin


  • 7am – 9am Meat Inspection Window
  • 7am – 9am Team Load in Window
  • 7:30am – 9:30am FREE team breakfast available
  • 9:22am – 9:22 Event Kickoff Toast
  • 9:30am Cooks Meeting – Inside Banquet Hall
  • 10:00am MRE Challenge Selection
  • 12:30pm Judges Check In
  • 1:00pm Judges Meeting
  • 2:30pm Chicken Turn in
  • 3:00pm Rib Turn in
  • 3:30pm MRE Challenge Turn in
  • 4:00pm Anything Goes turn in
  • 5:30pm Awards Ceremony – Inside Banquet Hall
  • 6pm – Bonfire – Bonfire Pit
  • 8pm – Overnight Camping Permitted.


November 6
7:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Yorkville American Legion Post 489
9054 E Veterans pkwy
Yorkville, IL 60560 United States
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