River Grill Event Activities


Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), Cincinnati Parks’ “River Grill before the Big Chill,” welcomes 52 professional and 28 amateur contestants to Sawyer Point for a chance to win over twenty thousand dollars in prizes. A regional marquee event for the fall of 2014, 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 at http://www.kcbs.us/pdf/2013_rules.pdf

Limited to the first 29 local teams, contestants of the Backyard Competition will be rated by local celebrity judges and have the chance to win one thousand dollars by contending in both the Pork Ribs and Wings 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, by local celebrities, will be open to the public to watch as they judge wings.  Check out the music line-up below to see the spectacular Friday night entertainment featured on 2 stages!


Gates 5pm - 11pm Main Gateway
Kid's Zone 5pm - 8pm East of P&G stage
DV8 5:30pm - 8:30pm P&G Stage
LeRoy Ellington & the E-Funk Band 5:30pm - 8:30pm Yeatman's Cove Stage
Backyard Competition Judging by Celebrities 8pm  Middle Tunnel
Rusty Griwswolds 8:30pm - 11pm P&G Stage
Soul Pocket 8:30pm - 11pm Yeatman's Cove Stage


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.

The Backyard (local) Competition judging is open to the public and judged by local celebrities.

The Professional Competition is strictly closed judging by KCBS certified judges.


Gates 12pm - 11pm Main Gateway
Joainie Whittaker 12pm - 1pm P&G Stage
Kid's Zone 12pm - 8pm East of P&G stage
The Blue Birds 12pm - 3pm Yeatman's Cove Stage
Demo Cooking by Midwest Culinary & Kroger 1pm - 2pm Yeatman's Cove 
Zak Morgan 1pm - 2pm P&G Stage
Backyard Competition Judging by Celebrities 2pm Middle Tunnel
Turkeys 2:15pm - 3:15pm P&G Stage
Chat with a Champion 2:30pm - 3pm Middle Tunnel
BBQ Competition Awards & Smoker Give-Away 3:30pm - 4:30pm P&G Stage
Sonny Morman Band 5pm - 6:30pm P&G Stage
Midnight Special 7pm - 9pm P&G Stage
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas 9:30pm - 11pm P&G Stage

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!  Sign up to win one of Bubba Grills' smokers on the River Grill Facebook page. Don't forget to add your first and last name, and please make sure you are present when the the winner is announced. You must be present to win!



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. 


Friday - October 10 5:30 - 8:30 PM DV8 Leroy and the E-Funk Band
  8:30 - 11 PM Rusty Griswold's Soul Pocket
Saturday - October 11  12 - 1 PM  Joanie Wittaker  
  12 - 3 PM   Blue Birds
  1 - 2 PM Zak Morgan  
  2:15 - 3:15 PM Turkeys  
  3:30 - 4:30 PM BBQ Awards Ceremony  
  5 - 6:30 PM Sonny Morman Band  
  7 - 9 PM Midnight Special  
  9:30 - 11 PM Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas  

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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