2023 Smoke On The
River BBQ Fest

May 12-14, 2023

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May 12-14

   Picture this: It’s a beautiful May day and the sun is shining bright. There’s live music in the background, ice-cold beer, specialty bourbon cocktails, and delectable bacon dishes. You’d think you’re in heaven… but you’re actually in Newport! Join the area's best food vendors, breweries, and distilleries at Newport Festival Park on the banks of the Ohio River May 12-14, 2023 at the Braxton Bacon, Bourbon, and Brew festival presented by T-Mobile!


   Head on down for a weekend packed with continuous live entertainment, cold beer, delicious bourbon cocktails, and the mouthwatering food that Greater Cincinnati has become so famous for.

Admission is FREE!



Friday, May 12th: 5-11pm

Saturday, May 13th: 12-11pm

Sunday, May 14th: 12-9pm

Unique activities include bourbon tastings and trivia in our deluxe Bourbon Experience tent as well as rides and games and performances from some of the city's top bands. The festival is a great activity for the whole family!


More info at ThingsToDoCincinnati.com 


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2022 Entertainment Lineup 

Friday, May 13:

5-7:30pm- Vinyl Countdown

8-11pm- Dog House


Saturday, May 14:

12-3:15pm- Elementree Livity Project

3:45-7:15- SWAN

7:45-11- Marsha Brady


Sunday, May 15:

12-2:30pm- Joey Said No

3-5:30pm: Model Behavior

6-9pm: 3 Day Rule

      STAY TUNED        for 2023 Lineup   


Guns Up BBQ

- BBQ Pineapple Boat

- Loaded Nacho/Taco Bar

- Funnel Cakes

- Loaded Ribbon Fries 

- Cotton Candy

- Pig roasted all day, served beginning at 5:00pm Saturday

Quad Que BBQ

- Cherrywood Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich

- Cherrywood Smoked Sliced Brisket Sandwich

- Cherrywood Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwich

- Cherrywood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

- "The Nap": Pulled pork, mac & cheese, brisket, BBQ sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla

Wild Side Experience

-Pulled Pork Sandwich

-All beef Hot Dog

-"Dirty Dog": all beef hot dog, bacon crumbles, beer cheese, bourbon BBQ sauce, coleslaw

-"Grippo Sundae:" BBQ Grippos, seasoned pork, beer cheese, BBQ sauce, coleslaw

Smokin' Dews

Meals (include cornbread/choice of pork or chicken):

-Just Sliders Meal

-Sliders + 1 side

-Sliders + 2 sides

-"Piggy Pile Up": mac & cheese w/ beans, meat, BBQ sauce

-"Piggy Wrap": mac & cheese, beans, coleslaw, meat slathered in BBQ sauce, wrapped in flour tortilla

Sides: Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

Turkey's R Us

-BBQ Smoked Turkey Legs/Ribs

-BBQ Pork Ribs 

-Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork

-Smoked BBQ Pulled Chicken

Sides: Mac, Corn, Fries, Collards, Coleslaw, Okra

Dada Smokes BBQ

-Pulled Pork Sandwich

-Brisket Sandwich

-Chicken Sandwich

-Mac & Cheese

-Baked Beans

House of Brisket

-"Big Chubby": Pork brisket on a baked potato with butter, sour cream, topped with coleslaw

-Brisket + Pork Sandwich

-Pork Belly Burnt Ends

-BBQ Chicken

-Brisket + Pork Mac & Cheese

Sweets & Meats BBQ

sandwiches come with 2 sides

-Pulled Pork Sandwich 

-Pulled Chicken Sandwich

-"BBQ 4-Way":  mac & cheese topped w/ choice of meat, BBQ sauce, coleslaw

-Homemade Sides: mac & cheese, baked beans, loaded potato salad, sweet cornbread, coleslaw

Sweet Jazz Treats

- Smoked Peach Cobbler

- Kentucky Bourbon Cake

- Bourbon Cupcake

- Lemon Cupcake

- Oreo Cupcake

- Vanilla Cupcake

- Red Velvet Cupcake

- Lemon Bars

- Triple Chocolate Brownie

- S'Mores Brownie

- S'Mores Cookie

- Dessert Jars

- Variety Cheesecake Bites


- Chip Wheelie Ice Cream Sandwich

- Cup Or Cone with choice of 10 flavors including vegan sorbet

- Sundae: Hot fudge or butterscotch with toppings

For sponsor, food, or other vendor information please email Mario@coldironeventrentals.com

2023 Official Sponsors:

Covington Plaza

144 Madison Ave.

Covington, KY 41011



Parking lot at Rivercenter and Madison

Marriott parking off of Madison

Rivercenter parking off of Madison


Festival Entrances: Madison Ave and Greenup Ave at the Ohio River

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