This year the Windy City BBQ Classic will invite 40 teams to compete in the categories of ribs, brisket, pork, and chicken.
The WCBC will take place in the historic Soldier Field parking lot directly on Chicago's beautiful lakefront. This year's event will be October 10th&11th .
Teams load in on October 10th, we have a big opening party/dinner, then ya’lll cook overnight for turn-in on the 11th.
As a state championship, the WCBC stands as a qualifier for the Jack Daniel's Invitational.
First place winners from each category will receive a $1000 cash prize.
2nd place - $500.
3rd place- $250
4th place- $100
5th place - $50.
A Grand Champion purse of $2500 will be awarded to the team with the highest composite score from all 4 categories: therefore, to win Grand Champion-you must submit all categories.
Reserve Grand Champion gets $1500, and 3rd Place GC gets $1000. This Year we’re handing out cold hard cash from the stage, no checks – just take it and spend it!
All proceeds go to benefit Operation BBQ Relief!
When & Where
The Windy City BBQ Classic
Jared Leonard, Pitmaster & Pit Professor,
Owner Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse
Jared Leonard has a life-long passion for cooking and entertaining, with the past decade being focused on authentic wood-fired BBQ. His culinary career began as a caterer, turned street festival vendor. After a few years on the festival and vending circuit, he decided to set his roots down in Chicago and open Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse. Rub's has evolved since opening 4 years ago from being just a restaurant, to being a BBQ Destination for food, education, and passion. Jared started sharing his passion for BBQ by teaching others in a class format in 2010. To date, he has conducted over 300 BBQ Classes – with over 5,000 attendees. He hosts classes 4-6 times a week in Rub’s Pit Room – adjacent to the restaurant. Jared focuses on providing a true “Backcountry Smokehouse” experience to BBQ lovers - he's one of the few pitmasters in Chicago cooking BBQ the old fashioned way, using only hardwood logs for fuel. His passion has fueled the desire to co-found the Windy City BBQ Classic – Chicago’s premier BBQ Pitmaster competition; WCBC is a state-championship BBQ event that hosts teams from around the country in an old fashioned pitmaster competition. “My goal is to continue to share my love for BBQ with as many people as will listen. Teaching people about the history of BBQ, the many styles of BBQ, and watching them get just as excited as I got when I first got into this - that’s what keeps me going. Spreading my passion only makes it grow. This is what I was put on earth to do – cook great BBQ for the people.”
Gary Wiviott, Pitmaster & Barbecue Life Coach
Gary Wiviott is a pitmaster’s pitmaster – a barbecue man who has found the sweet spot between talking the talk and walking the walk in teaching the art of barbecue. Since the release of Low & Slow in 2009, Wiviott has cemented his reputation as a respected barbecue authority – as the pitmaster of Barn & Company in Chicago, as a go-to expert for print, radio and television features about barbecue, as a barbecue escort for a taping of Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods”, as the creative force and emcee behind the sell-out monthly Pitmaster Dinner Series at Barn & Company, and as a barbecue consultant teaching private classes for home cooks, diehard barbecue enthusiasts and restaurants. Gary is co-founder of LTHForum.com, the Chicago-based Culinary chat site, co-founder of the Windy City BBQ Classic, and on the board of directors of Purple Asparagus and the Illinois BBQ Alliance.