Cincinnati has always known how to barbeque but now we're proving it Kansas City style!

The River Grill before the Big Chill

Cincinnati, Ohio's annual State Championship KCBS sanctioned contest

with over $20,000 in cash prizes!

October 9th, 5 - 11pm & October 10th, 12 - 9pm



Children 12 and under are FREE

The River Grill before the Big Chill is a KCBS culinary competition and 2-day food and music festival celebrating barbecue, local brews, cooking and music.


River Grill Event Explanation and Rules

The competitors know what it's all about - but how about you? The Kansas City Barbeque Society has very strict rules regarding their competitions and we want you to know what to expect before you arrive.
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Proceeds from River Grill to benefit the Waterfront Parks

The Waterfront Parks system consist of three major parks: Theodore M. Berry International Park, Sawyer Point & Yeatman's Cove and the new Smale Riverfront Park! Each park has unique features for the public to explore, and hosts several large events throughout the year. These parks are the new "Front yard of Cincinnati."
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Win a Bubba Grills Smoker

In 2015, you will have the chance to win a smoker from the 2014 Cincinnati River Grill Champion, Bubba Grills! Bubba makes custom smokers, and the 2015 Cincinnati River Grill Before the Big Chill event will be your next chance to win a $2,900 smoker from a champion. Stay tuned for details!













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