CHICAGO, IL – March 28, 2016 – Windy City Smokeout is thrilled to announce the official lineup of all-star BBQ pitmasters and competition teams, showcasing their award-winning recipes at the fourth annual festival this summer. More than 40,000 guests are expected to descend upon Grand Avenue near the Chicago River on Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 to taste offerings from some of the best BBQ talent and craft breweries from around the nation while listening to many of country music’s biggest names.

Hosted by Chicago’s BBQ destination, Bub City, and ACM award-winning Joe’s Bar, Windy City Smokeout has pulled together the best in BBQ for this year’s festival, including:

  • Bub City – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmasters: Doug Psaltis,
      Christian Eckmann
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Syracuse, NY
    • Pitmaster: Leland Avellino
  • Hogapalooza – Wynne, AR
    • Pitmaster: Kelly Dallas
  • Jack’s Old South – Braselton, GA
    • Pitmaster: Myron Mixon
  • Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis, MO
    • Pitmaster: Skip Steele
  • The Salt Lick BBQ – Driftwood, TX
    • Pitmaster: Scott Roberts
  • Smoque – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmaster: Barry Sorkin
  • Ubons – Yazoo City, MS
    • Pitmaster: Leslie Roark Scott
  • 17th Street BBQ – Murphysboro, IL
    • Pitmasters: Mike Mills, Amy Mills
  • Peg Leg Poker – Nashville, TN
    • Pitmaster: Carey Bringle
  • Memphis BBQ Company – Horn Lake, MS
    • Pitmaster: John Wheeler
  • Skylight Inn – Ayden, NC
    • Pitmaster: Sam Jones
  • Martin’s BBQ – Nashville, TN
    • Pitmaster: Patrick Martin
  • Lillie’s Q – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmasters: Charlie McKenna,
      Quito McKenna
  • Blackwood BBQ – Chicago, IL
    • Pitmaster: Dylan Lipe

In addition to the delicious BBQ, Windy City Smokeout will also cater to tastes across the board with offerings from Big Gay Ice Cream, Three Dots and a Dash, Sir Kensington’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Drago’s Seafood, and The Salsa Truck.

Windy City Smokeout brings an impressive lineup of award-winning country music stars and up-and-coming musical talent, featuring festival headliners Billy Currington, Old Dominion, Chase Rice, and Big & Rich. Additional stars include Frankie Ballard, Phil Vassar, Jessie James Decker, and Whiskey Myers. Nashville’s renowned Whiskey Jam will host their own stage with the future stars of country.

Advance-purchase single day Windy City Smokeout passes will go on sale on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 AM (CST). Festival passes can be purchased at and for a limited time only, are priced as follows:

  • Day pass for Friday, 7/15:                  $30*
  • Day pass for Saturday, 7/16:              $40*
  • Day pass for Sunday, 7/17:                $45*
  • VIP Day pass for Friday, 7/15:            $150*
  • VIP Day pass for Saturday, 7/16:        $175*
  • VIP Day pass for Sunday, 7/17:          $199*
  • Three Day Pass:                                 $110*
  • VIP Three Day Pass:                           $475**

*General admission festival passes do not include food or beverage.

**VIP festival passes include access to elevated area next to stage, riverfront private bar experience, exclusive VIP restrooms, and re-entry to the festival grounds.

The hours for Windy City Smokeout are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 15; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 16; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.  For more information and to purchase passes, please visit, and be sure to follow all the action on Twitter and Instagram at @WCSmokeout.