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Steele County Fairgrounds

Owatonna, Minnesota

May 29 - May 30, 2015

Volunteers! Want to help at Smokin' In Steele?  Click the SignUpGenius link in the left column for activities and times.


Judge, Backyard BBQ, BBQ Team, 5K Run/Walk, Bike Cruise, and Car Show forms are open. Check out the updated Event Poster on the left.

Back this year!  "Fareway Foods Challenge" - winners from each category in the KCBS sanctioned contest receive an extra $500 in cash and prizes from Fareway Foods IF using meat purchased from Fareway Foods. Click the logo for directions. Call Owatonna Fareway Meat department for questions/orders at 507-451-0017.

Just a few blocks away. Follow Elm St North out of Fairgrounds to KC Hall, turn left 1 block.OR follow Oak St. North to Fareway sign.

For teams entered in both Central Iowa BBQ Brew and Cruise and Smokin' in Steele: Take your top Boone score plus Smokin' in Steele score. Highest cumulative points = FREE entry in one day at Boone and Smokin' in Steele for 2016. See the Boone website at www.iowabbqchampionship.com.



Presented by

Knights of Columbus

Council 945


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2014 was our biggest year yet with 67 teams.  Click here for results.  Click here for photos.


Listen to our 2015 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





New for 2015 - Bicycle Cruise!
  See information and registration links at left.







4rd Annual Antique Tractor and Semi Truck Show: Saturday May 30th from 9am-2pm, with a parade at 11am!  Contact Mike Schaffner at BMWood@Q.Net or call 451-2818 (cell 213-1692) for details.





4th Annual Smokin' In Steele 5K run/walk: For 2015 - 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 new 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.


Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award

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 29th through May 30th,  2015.

Smokin' in Steele is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

It is part of the 13th 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 2015

Advance Tickets


Event Poster

2015 Band Bios/Links

Judges/Camping Map

Camping Information and Registration

Volunteer at

5K online registration at

5K Run Info and Mail-in Registration

Kidz Que
Info and Registration

Backyard BBQ Rules & Registration

Car Show Details &

Bike Cruise online info & registration at

Bike Cruise info & Mail-in Registration

Blues for Kids Registration

Sponsorship Info

Sponsor Form

KCBS Rules & Regulations

2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Results






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