River Grill Things to Do


Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), Cincinnati Parks' "River Grill before the Big Chill," welcomes professional and amateur contestants to Sawyer Point for a chance to win over twenty thousand dollars in prizes. A regional marquee event for the fall of 2015, winning contestants of the "River Grill" could be eligible for state and national competitive placements.

Within the Pro-Division, Professional Cook Teams will compete in the following four categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork Butt, and Brisket. KCBS Certified Judges will evaluate each Barbeque meat on appearance, texture, and flavor; looking for absolute excellence in Barbeque. For a full list of Rules and Regulations for the Pro-Division, please visit the KCBS website.

Limited to the first 24 teams, contestants of the Backyard Competition will be rated by judges and have the chance to win over $1000 by contending in both the Pork Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork categories.


You will get the chance to talk to and watch teams (some you might recognize from T.V.) as they get ready to compete for one of the highest payouts in the country. All the while, some of the best barbecue restaurants around will have great food for sale. Backyard Competition judging will be open to the public to watch as they judge wings. Check out the music line-up (coming soon below) to see the spectacular Friday night entertainment featured on 2 stages!


Gates Open 5pm - 11pm Main Gateway


Saturday, cheer your favorite professional and local teams on as they race to beat the clock to turn in their barbecue. After turn in, certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judges will take and rank the professional teams' food to select the River Grill's Grand Champion and Grand Reserve along with the best in chicken, ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket.


Gates Open 12pm - 9pm Main Gateway

Demo Cooking

Coming soon!

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be your chance to see who will be named "Grand Champion" of the River Grill!


While the BBQ Masters are in the pit, attendees can enjoy a wide variety of fun filled activities including two stages of live music and local entertainment.



Food and Beverage

It is not a Barbeque competition without the BBQ, and at the River Grill you will have your choice of many local favorites. And what goes best with blues, rock, and BBQ? But of course, BEER! River Grill will have local brews available on draft to wash down all that delicious barbeque!

Market Place

Come down to the River Grill for the best in spice rubs, cutlery, grill and BBQ supplies. We will have plenty of merchandise to browse while you enjoy the sights and sounds of River Grill.

Kids Zone

Keep the kids entertained all day in the Kids Zone! From face painting and circus performers delighting the crowd, kids can enjoy FREE inflatable rides and games! Special BBQ-in on the WILD SIDE, children and families will have a unique opportunity to sample exotic types of BBQ food.











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