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Steele County Fairgrounds

Owatonna, Minnesota
June 3 - 4, 2016


Presented by

Knights of Columbus

Council 945


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Attention! 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! 

There will be a drawing Friday night for all the teams that are registered for both Smokin' in Steele and the Mankato Cookout June 10 - 12. Mankato is Minnesota’s first back-to-back contest. Any team who is entered in both contests by June 3 is eligible to win. The winner gets a free entry to both Smokin' in Steele and Mankato Cookout for 2017. Some lucky team is going to win, it might as well be you. So get busy and register for both contests today! 

In addition, any team wishing to just park their rig for the week between Smokin' in Steele and the Mankato Cookout, we will have a spot for you. It is just a week and we are just 30 miles apart. Let us know if you wish to do this. Just another way that Minnesota organizers help each other out.

5K Walk/Run and Family Bike Cruise registration is open. See links at the left.

Great news! The Backyard BBQ is now part of the Fareway Foods Challenge. Backyard cooks using Fareway meat can win extra cash prizes in the Chicken/Ribs categories (keep your receipt or packaging for proof): 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50; also the Surprise Category $100, Grand Champ $200, and Reserve Grand champ $100.

More great news for the Kidz Que! Thanks to the generosity of Quetopia, Dipstix, and Vaughn Wood there will be cash prizes -
$100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third place in each for hamburger and steak. Goodie bags will also be provided to all contestants.

KCBS 250,000 Meals

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Smokin' in Steele participation in this program is cancelled.                                


New 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). Fareway Foods has generously donated the steaks.

In the News: Steele County Special Olympics Receives Award



Listen to our 2016 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 2016 - Bicycle Cruise!
  See information and registration links at left.







5th Annual Antique Tractor and Semi Truck Show: Saturday June 4th from 9am-2pm, with a parade at 11am!  Contact Mike Schaffner at BMWood@Q.Net or call 451-2818 (cell 213-1692) for details.





5th Annual Smokin' In Steele 5K run/walk: For 2016 - 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 3rd through June 4th, 2016.

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

It is part of the 14th 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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5K Run Info and Mail-in Registration

Kidz Que
and Registration

Backyard BBQ Rules & Registration

Car Show Details &

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Bike Cruise info & Mail-in Registration

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2015 Results
2015 Kidz Q

2014 Results
2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2009 Results






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