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May 10-12, 2024

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May 10-12, 2024

Get ready to indulge in the finger-licking goodness of the best BBQ in the tristate area at the Smoke on the River BBQ Fest! Located at Covington Plaza along the scenic Ohio River, this festival boasts picturesque views of the Cincinnati skyline. The festival's focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients is evident in the mouthwatering BBQ offerings available from the area's top pitmasters. From juicy ribs that melt in your mouth to succulent chicken and tender brisket, there is something for every BBQ lover. Cold drinks reign supreme, complementing the flavors to create a truly memorable culinary experience. Free live music all weekend long featuring Cincinnati's top local bands.
Admission is free, and visitors can find more details about the festival at
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to indulge in the best BBQ, enjoy free live music, and soak up the stunning views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline - all at the Smoke on the River BBQ Fest!


Admission is FREE!


Friday 5pm-11pm

Saturday 12pm-11pm

Sunday 12pm-9pm




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2023 Entertainment Lineup 

Friday, May 12:

5:00 pm- Vinyl Countdown

8:00 pm- Dog House


Saturday, May 13:

12:00 pm- Sweet Lady

3:45 pm - Dat Band

7:45 pm- Michelle Robinson Band


Sunday, May 14:

12:00 pm- What She Said

3:00 pm: Road Trip

6:00 pm: Britney's Lipstick

2024 Line Up Coming Soon


Sweets & Meats BBQ:

Pulled Pork Sandwich w/ 2 sides

Pulled Chicken Sandwich w/ 2 sides

Pork Rib Tips w/ 2 sides

Sliced Brisket w/ 2 sides

Chicken Wings w/ 2 sides

Sides: Mac & Cheese, Slaw, Cornbread, Baked Beans, Loaded Potato Salad

Hog Roast


Quad Que BBQ:

Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich

Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Sliced Brisket Sandwich

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

“The Nap”: Pulled pork & Mac in a wrap

Smoked Baby Back Ribs


Fat Boy Q:
Full Slab Smoked Spare Ribs

Half Rack Smoked Spare Ribs

2 Meat Plate (choice of two meats, w/ a side of mac)

Beef Brisket Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Traditional Wings

Q Fries (Tossed w/ dry rub)


Kentucky Smoked Brisket:

Brisket Loaded Tots

Brisket Loaded Mac

Brisket Sandwich

Brisket Plate (w/ 2 sides)

Cincity Sausage

Loaded Tots

Mac & Cheese


Wild Side Experience:

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Chicken Sandwich

“Big Smokey” Dog (smoked sausage, bacon crumbles, queso, cole slaw, BBQ Sauce)

Grippo Sundae (Choice of meat w/ queso, cole slaw, BBQ Sauce, Grippo BBQ Chips)

Grilled Smoked Sausage

Grilled Hot Dog

Various Sides

House of Brisket:

“Big Chubby”: Potato w/ brisket or pork

Brisket Platter

Pork Platter

Half Chicken

Pork Belly Burnt Ends


Guns Up BBQ:

BBQ Taco/Nacho Bar

BBQ Pineapple Boat

Hog Roast

Loaded Ribbon Fries

Funnel Cakes

Cotton Candy


MADD Mark’s:

Giant Cowboy Quesadilla: Yucatan smoked pork shoulder, Bourbon BBQ, Caramelized Onion, Shredded Jack Cheese

Double Bacon Cheeseburger

Falafel w/ Chimichurri

Loaded French Fries

Big G's BBQ:

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Smoked Brisket Sandwich

Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich

Smoked Shrimp Tacos w/ Asian slaw

Coca-Cola Baked Beans

Mac & Cheese

Curbside Sweet Shop:

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake (On-A-Stick)

Apple Crisp Ice Cream Cone

Banana Split Nachos (On Waffle Cone Chips)

Hot Fudge Cake

Ice Cream in Waffle Cone

Turtle Nachos

Sunday Mother’s Day Special: The Flower Pot

  • Cake baked in clay pot w/ ice cream and crushed cookies w/ artificial flower

For sponsor, food, or other vendor information please email

Dat Band
Model Behavior
Michelle Robinson Band
Britney's Lipstick
what she said
road trip

2023 Official Sponsors:

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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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