June 1 - 2, 2018!
Judging is full! Backyard
BBQ registration is open, see links on the left. Team registration is open.
From now until April 15th, get the Early Bird rate of $250 for all
four categories. After that, the regular rate applies.
Fareway Food Stores is renewing the Backyard Fareway Challenge. Fareway is putting
up Challenge money if you purchased your meat or ingredients at
Fareway. This is on top of Smokin in Steele payouts!
Payouts are: Chicken: $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd, and $50
for 3rd. Ribs: $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd.
Secret category: $100 to winner. Reserve Grand Champ :
$100, Grand Champ : $200.
Remember your points from
Minnesota In May BBQ Contest (Backyard) will be added to Smokin' in Steele Backyard for the brand new
Backyard Team of the Year sponsored by
Minnesota Barbeque Society.
Thanks to the generous support of
Smithfield, we are adding a new category -
Anything Goes Pork Loin with a $1,000 purse! Entry is free,
and you will be supplied a loin that you can cook any way you
like - open garnish, open heat source. Sign up on the Contest Form link above.
Wonderful news! Smokin' in Steele was
one of the select few contests in America to be awarded a
Smokin with Smithfield Grant.
This will translate directly into more prize money in more teams
pockets this year!
also brought back the optional Steak Cook Off Competition on Friday
Night. Entry fee is $75 for registered BBQ Teams ($125 for amateur
competitors). We provide the meat, you provide the cooking magic!
$2,000 total prize payout! See the
Steak Cook Off Association rules.
Sign up on the Contest Form link above.
Click here to view our
2017 photos. Don't forget,
we want your photos from this year's Smokin' In Steele.
Please email them to
and we will post them on the site.
Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award
A big thanks to our major sponsors:
Listen to our 2018 ad
On The Couch.
the "Play" button to hear some blues!
Comfort Inn (507)
Oakdale Motel (507)
Back for 2018 -
Bicycle Cruise! See information and registration links at
Annual Antique Tractor and Semi Truck Show: Saturday June 2nd from
9am-2pm, with a parade at 11am! Contact Mike Schaffner at BMWood@Q.com
or call 451-2818 (cell 213-1692) for details.
Annual Smokin' In Steele 5K run/walk: For 2018 - race chip timing with
disposable chip in bib, course certification, and special family
price for children 10 and under. See the link on the left for
details and registration.
Blues for Kids harmonica class...
Que barbecue contest...
...and back this year,
See links at the left for details and
information on how to enter your car.
MN BBQ society article.
information or to register for the contest, please check out the links
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For additional info contact Joe
Elbert at (507) 279-4015 or (507) 455-1428.
Our forms are NEW - You can fill them out on your computer and Print
You can also save them as a new PDF - See 'PDF Help' at the left for assistance.
Smokin' in Steele is a state championship barbeque contest as proclaimed by Governor Dayton.
The contest will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, MN on
June 1st through June 2nd, 2018.
Smokin' in Steele is
sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
It is part of the 16th annual
fund-raising event where we have raised thousands of dollars
for very deserving groups.
Our main beneficiary this year
is the Special Olympics.
Read what was said about our event.