Saturday, October 11

River Grill before the Big Chill.

On this cloudy Saturday afternoon, we walked down to Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove
along the Ohio Riverfront to check out the River Grill before the Big Chill. It was a 2-day
food and music festival celebrating barbecue, local brews, home cooking and hometown
music that ran Friday night and all-day Saturday. Officially sanctioned by the Kansas City
Barbeque Society
, Cincinnati Parks’ River Grill before the Big Chill, welcomed 50 pro BBQ
teams and 29 amateur teams for a chance to win over twenty thousand dollars in prizes. It
was the marquee KCBS event of the region for the fall of 2014. And winning contestants
of the “River Grill” could be eligible for state and national competitive placements. Sounds
pretty interesting. We've never been to a competitive bbq before. And we've been waiting
for weeks to check this thing out
...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
They had all the food vendors circled around Lucius Cincinnatus...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
The lines for BBQ were kinda silly. It was downright impossible to tell where one line for
BBQ ended and where another line began...
River Grill before the Big Chill
But we found a line that wasn't unbearable. Luckily, it was for Moerlein Lager House...
River Grill before the Big Chill
We got a couple of pulled pork sliders and a beer brat. You can't beat that Lager House.
River Grill before the Big Chill
We wandered over through Yeatman's Cove to check out the Pro-Division Grilling Area.
Apparently, Professional BBQ Teams competed in four categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork
Butt, and Brisket. KCBS Certified Judges evaluated each meat on appearance, texture
and flavor; looking for "absolute excellence in Barbeque." And somehow, we managed to
miss all the competitive grilling action. But we still got to see their set-ups. They really
weren't joking around...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
Wanna get in the professional BBQ game? You can for just $4000...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
A BBQ sauce fountain?
River Grill before the Big Chill
And then back to Sawyer Point for the River Grill before the Big Chill awards presentation...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
They were about to reveal the Grand Champion....
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
The Grand Champion also was going to take home a golden ticket to the KCBS National
Championship in Las Vegas...
River Grill before the Big Chill
And the Grand Champion of the 2014 River Grill before the Big Chill is...
River Grill before the Big Chill
Bubba Grills!
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
And with that everyone left to raid the Bogey's Sizzlin' BBQ Bubba Grill trailer...
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
But then we found out they were out of ribs. And chicken. Oh, and brisket. Oh well.
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
River Grill before the Big Chill
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Evening in downtown Cincinnati as seen from Yeatman's Cove along the Ohio riverfront...
What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! We can't wait for next year's River Grill
before the Big Chill! :)