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Food Festival Barbecue

It might be February but the Windy City Smokeout is back. The three day festival will return to Chicago (560 W. Grand Ave) for its sixth year on July 13-15.  Tickets are now available to purchase online here.

The pitmaster lineup will feature top talent from Chicago and around the country including many returning favorites like 17th Street, Rodney Scott and The Salt Lick, and new additions such as Hometown from Brooklyn, Leroy & Lewis from Austin and Home Team from Charleston. This year’s music lineup brings a group of award-winning country music stars and up-and-coming talent. The headliners include: CMA “New Artist of the Year” nominee Brett Young (Friday), ACM nominated Brett Eldredge (Saturday) and Grammy nominated Brothers Osborne (Sunday).

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Windy City Smokeout offers a number of curated add-on events. Friday kicks off with the Biggest
Happy Hour of the Summer from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., with other happenings to follow throughout the
weekend, including a once-in-a-lifetime cooking class with the world’s best BBQ legends Mike
Mills, Wayne Mueller and Myron Mixon; a mixology class with Casamigos Tequila and a Sunday
night crawfish boil. These ticketed events do not include admission to the festival; a single-day or
three-day pass is required for entry.

2018 BBQ Lineup:

  • Bub City – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmasters: Doug Psaltis, Christian Eckmann
  • 17th Street Barbecue – Murphysboro, IL
    • Pitmasters: Mike Mills, Amy Mills
  • Against the Grain – Louisville, KY
    • Pitmaster: Andrew Ott
  • Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, GA
    • Pitmasters: Jonathan Fox, Justin Fox
  • Hogapalooza – Wynne, AR
    • Pitmaster: Kelly Dallas
  • Home Team BBQ – Charleston, SC
    • Pitmasters: Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan
  • Hometown Bar-B-Que – Brooklyn, NY
    • Pitmaster: Billy Durney
  • LeRoy & Lewis BBQ – Austin, TX
    • Pitmaster: Evan Leroy
  • Lillie’s Q – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmasters: Charlie McKenna, Quito McKenna
  • Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, AZ
    • Pitmaster: Scott Holmes
  • Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – Nashville, TN
    • Pitmaster: Patrick Martin
  • Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis, MO
    • Pitmaster: Skip Steele
  • Peg Leg Porker – Nashville, TN
    • Pitmaster: Carey Bringle
  • Rodney Scott BBQ – Charleston, SC
    • Pitmaster: Rodney Scott
  • Sam Jones BBQ – Winterville, NC
    • Pitmaster: Samuel Jones
  • Smoque BBQ – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmaster: Barry Sorkin
  • The Salt Lick – Driftwood, TX
    • Pitmaster: Scott Roberts
  • Ubons – Yazoo City, MS
    • Pitmaster: Leslie Roark Stark
  • Plus Special Guests:
    • Myron Mixon, four-time world BBQ champion – Unadilla, GA
    • Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, TX


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