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Steele County Fairgrounds

Owatonna, Minnesota
Our 10th Anniversary, June 2 - 3, 2017!


Presented by

Knights of Columbus

Council 945


Latest Owatonna, Minnesota, weather

Attention! Once again we want your photos, so at this year's Smokin' In Steele, please take pictures and email them to photos@smokininsteele.com, and we will post them on the site.

Team, Kids Q, and Backyard registration is open, along with the 5K Walk/Run and Family Bike Cruise. See links at the left.

Great news! The Backyard BBQ is again part of the Fareway Foods Challenge for 2017!  If you are competing with Fareway products, you will need to provide either the Fareway receipt or have it in the original Fareway wrapper at the time of inspection (7:00 am on Saturday). There are additional prizes being given away through this challenge.

Back this year - Friday night Steak Cook Off! Pro and amateur teams are welcome. Click the SCA Logo to register, or click the 'Contest Entry Form' button above then select the Steak Cook Off (Pro team fee $75, amateur team fee $125).

In the News: Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award



Listen to our 2017 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 2017 - Bicycle Cruise!
  See information and registration links at left.







6th Annual Antique Tractor and Semi Truck Show: Saturday June 3rd from 9am-2pm, with a parade at 11am!  Contact Mike Schaffner at BMWood@Q.com or call 451-2818 (cell 213-1692) for details.





6th Annual Smokin' In Steele 5K run/walk: For 2017 - 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 2nd through June 3rd, 2017.

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

It is part of the 15th 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 2017

Advance Tickets
online at


Event Poster

Band Bios

Judges/Camping Map

Camping Information and Registration

Volunteer at

5K online registration at

5K Run Info and Mail-in Registration

Kidz Que
and Registration

Backyard BBQ Rules and Registration

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

2016 Results
2015 Results
2015 Kidz Q

2014 Results
2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Results


2016 Photos





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