Event Explanation and Rules

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), Cincinnati Parks’ “River Grill before the Big Chill,” welcomes 54 professional and 24 amateur contestants to Sawyer Point for a chance to win over twenty thousand dollars in prizes.

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

Limited to the first 24 local teams, contestants of the Backyard Competition will be rated by KCBS judges and have the chance to win over $1,000 by contending in chicken, pork ribs and pulled pork butt categories.