Chicago's Windy City Smokeout Combines America's Best BBQ And Country Music

Chicago's Windy City Smokeout Combines America's Best BBQ And Country Music Weekend-Long Festival Features America's Premier Pitmasters and Country Music Stars Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice, Chris Young & Chris Stapleton

CHICAGO, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Windy City Smokeout, the foremost BBQ and country music festival in the Midwest, will return to Chicago on July 10-12, 2015 for the third annual festival. More than 35,000 guests are expected to descend upon Grand Street near the Chicago River for a weekend-long event where attendees are able to taste offerings from some of the best BBQ talent around the country and hear many of country music's biggest names. Hosted by Chicago's popular BBQ destination, Bub City, Windy City Smokeout has pulled together some of the best BBQ talent in the country including:

  • Bub City - Chicago, IL 
    • Pitmasters: Doug Psaltis, Christian
  • Lillie's Q- Chicago, IL 
    • Pitmasters: Charlie McKenna,
      Quito McKenna
  • Chicago Q - Chicago, IL
    • Pitmaster: Lee Ann Whippen
  • Pappy's Smokehouse - St. Louis, MO
    • Pitmaster: Skip Steele
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Syracuse, NY 
    • Pitmaster: Leland Avellino   
  • The Salt Lick BBQ - Driftwood, TX
    • Pitmaster: Scott Roberts
  • Hogapalooza - Little Rock, AR
    • Pitmaster: Kelly Dallas
  • Smoque - Chicago, IL
    • Pitmaster: Barry Sorkin

  • Ubons - Yazoo City, MS
    • Pitmaster: Garry Roark
Windy City Smokeout will also bring an impressive lineup of award-winning country music stars and up-and-coming talent with nearly twenty acts of music including GRAMMY-award winning Kacey Musgraves and GRAMMY-nominated Pat Green on Friday, July 10, ACM Breakthrough Artist of the Year Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Will Hoge on Saturday, July 11 and ACM 'Single Record of the Year' award winning artist and producer, Lee Brice, and Chris Stapleton on Sunday, July 12. The full list of artists is as follows:
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Pat Green  
  • Chris Young
  • Lee Brice
  • Jon Pardi
  • Dan + Shay
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Turnpike
  • A Thousand Horses
  • Will Hoge
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • Shawn Lacy
  • Jukebox Mafia
  • Old Dominion
  • Drew Baldridge
  • Granger Smith ft.
    Earl Dibbles Jr.
  • The Railers
  • Cheyenne Rose
  • Sundy Best
Windy City Smokeout will also host a number of special, ticketed events throughout the weekend. On Friday and Sunday evenings, Myron Mixon, three-time barbecue World Champion, author, and judge on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters, will offer an authentic, Whole Hog Dinner. On Saturday, Revolution Brewing will pair with Myron for a Ribs & Revolution ticketed dinner. Adam Richman of Travel Channel's Man v. Food will host a BBQ brunch on Sunday, where festival-goers can experience a brunch menu comprised of original dishes from each of the participating restaurants, plus signature BBQ sides paired with Bub City's famous Bloody Mary Bar and mimosas. Tickets to special events can be purchased at
"We couldn't be more excited about the talent in our 2015 Windy City Smokeout lineup," said Doug Psaltis, of Bub City. "We have some of the very best names in BBQ coming together from all over the country for this festival. Between the finger-licking-good BBQ and some of the biggest names in country music, we hope that this will be our best year yet."
New to Windy City Smokeout this year, at-home chefs will have the opportunity to see how their homemade ribs stack up against their peers, at the festival's first ever Amateur BBQ Rib Competition. Contestants will cook their ribs for professional judges and finalists will get to use Pitmaster Q3 Smokers, a favorite of BBQ professionals everywhere, and consult with the festival's all-star pitmasters. This year Windy City Smokeout will also cater to tastes across the board with offerings from The Market at Summer House, Crave Bar, Doughnut Vault, Supreme Lobster, La Colombe, and, shortly before it opens its doors in Chicago, Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken. Not to be outdone, the Windy City Smokeout craft beer program is a force to be reckoned with, offering a beer release party on Saturday and limited time only drafts from the following breweries:
  • 18th Street
  • Against the Grain
  • Bells
  • Brooklyn
  • Central Waters
  • Founders
  • Goose Island
  • Local Option
  • Moody Tongue
  • Pipeworks
  • Shiner/Trumer
  • Sweetwater
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Virtue Cider
Tickets can be purchased at and are priced as follows:
  • Day pass for Friday, 7/10:
  • Day pass for Saturday, 7/11:
  • Day pass for Sunday, 7/12:
  • Three Day Pass:
  • VIP Three Day Pass:
$40* $40*$40*$99.50*$400**
*Tickets do not include food or beverage**VIP Three Day Pass includes access to elevated area next to stage, private cash bar, exclusive VIP restrooms, $50 fest food bucks, and re-entry to the festival grounds
The hours for Windy City Smokeout are: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 10, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit and be sure to follow all the action with #WCSmokeout.


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