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Steele County Fairgrounds

Owatonna, Minnesota
May 29 - 30, 2020!


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Presented by

Knights of Columbus

Council 945

Wow, our 12th Annual Event was one of our best ever!  Thanks to all the teams, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event so great!  See the photos from this year.


Pro Team results can be found here, and Kids Q results here.


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.


For the second
year in a row,  Smokin' In Steele will receive a grant from Smithfield that will go directly into our prize purse.  So once again, we are Smokin with Smithfield!

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.  BBQ teams sign up on the Contest Form button above.  Amatuer teams sign up here.

In the News 2018:
Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award



Listen to our 2019 ad at Music On The Couch.


Click the "Play" button to hear some blues!

'Barbecue and Beans' by Don Ray



8th Annual Antique Tractor and Cruise-in Car Show: Saturday June 1st from 12pm - 4pm, dash plaques for first 50 entries.  Contact Mike Schaffner at mschaffner@gofast.am or call 507-213-1692 for details.





8th Annual Smokin' In Steele 5K run/walk: For 2019 - 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...






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 May 31st through June 1st, 2019.

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.




Use the button below to get a free PDF creator - so you can fill out our forms and send them to us electronically

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Schedule for 2019

Band Schedule


Help support Smokin' In Steele and Special Olympics

Tickets Available On Site ONLY


Event Poster


Judges and Camping Map

Camping Information and Registration

Camping online registration here

Volunteer at

5K online registration here 

5K Run Info and Mail-in Registration

Kidz Que

Kidz Que

Backyard BBQ Rules


Car Show Details and

Blues for Kids Registration

Sponsorship Info

Sponsor Form

KCBS Rules & Regulations

2018 Results

2018 Kidz Q

2017 Results

2017 Kidz Q
2016 Results
2015 Results
2015 Kidz Q

2014 Results
2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Results


2018 Photos

2017 Photos

2016 Photos
2015 Photos
2014 Photos

2013 Photos

2012 Photos
2009 Photos
2008 Photos



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