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Steele County Fairgrounds

Owatonna, Minnesota
May 31 - June 1, 2019!


Presented by

Knights of Columbus

Council 945


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Another great event!  2018 photos are in and can be viewed here.  A big thank you to all of the teams, sponors, guests, and volunteers who make this event successful!   Here are the team results.   Here are the Kids Que results.



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!

We 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 photos@smokininsteele.com, and we will post them on the site.

In the News 2018: Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award



Listen to our 2018 ad at Music On The Couch.


Click the "Play" button to hear some blues!

'Barbecue and Beans' by Don Ray

Comfort Inn (507) 444-0818


Oakdale Motel (507) 451-5480





Back for 2018 - Bicycle Cruise!
  See information and registration links at left.







7th 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.





7th 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. 


Happy Color Harp Kids Harmonica



Free Blues for Kids harmonica class...




Kidz Que barbecue contest...








...and back this year, Classic Cars!
See links at the left for details and
information on how to enter your car.




See our MN BBQ society article.


For more information or to register for the contest, please check out the links below:

General information (sends email to info@smokininsteele.com)
Registration information (sends email to registration@smokininsteele.com)
Email the webmaster (sends email to webmaster@smokininsteele.com)

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 them.

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.




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Schedule for 2018

Band Schedule

Band Bios

Advance Tickets
online at


Event Poster


Judges and Camping Map

Camping Information and Registration

Camping online registration at

Volunteer at

5K online registration at

5K Run Info and Mail-in Registration

Kidz Que
and Registration

Backyard BBQ Rules


Car Show Details and

Bike Cruise online info & registration at

Bike Cruise info & Mail-in Registration

Blues for Kids Registration

Sponsorship Info

Sponsor Form

KCBS Rules & Regulations

2017 Results

2017 Kidz Q
2016 Results
2015 Results
2015 Kidz Q

2014 Results
2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Results


2016 Photos
2015 Photos
2014 Photos

2013 Photos

2012 Photos
2009 Photos
2008 Photos



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