Annual Event, BBQ & Fly-in, Craft Beer, Experience

BBQ & Fly-in on the River

AUGUST 16-17, 2024
DOWNTOWN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

THE 2024 BBQ & FLY-IN ON THE RIVER HAS BEEN APPROVED BY KCBS.
TEAM REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

JUDGING REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Smoke Em’ If You Got Em’

Whether you spell it BBQ, Barbeque or Barbecue, it’s the taste of America. The BBQ & Fly-In on the River is back for year 24 in the heart of our community, DOWNTOWN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS!

Mark your calendars and join us Friday, August 16th through Saturday, August 17th while over 50 Competition BBQ Teams compete to take home the trophy! This year’s annual competition will feature some of the top pitmasters in the nation battling it out in the rugged competition, the aromas of meat filling the air, great music, food trucks, beer, and so much more! It’s promising fun for the entire family!

Schedule of Events

Friday Night
Teams Arrive
4:00 PM – Gates Open
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Beer Garden
4:30 PM – Kid’s Que Cook Meeting
5:00 PM – KCBS Cook’s Meeting
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Whiskey Walk
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – People’s Choice
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Live Music
AT DARK – FIREWORKS
Saturday
8:00 AM – Bloody Mary Contest
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – BBQ Team Scavenger Hunt
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Home Brew Contest
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM – KCBS Competition Turn Ins
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Live Music
4:00 PM – Awards Ceremony




Turkey Smoke Series

Sign up to compete in 1 of the 19 Turkey Smoke Series competitions by The National Turky Federation. No cost to you! National Turkey Federation even provides the turkey product for you to cook.

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors!

El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
Rex and Carol Baxter sponsorship
Red-tail Roofing sponsor
Pepsi Cola sponsor
Westlake Ace Hardware
The National Turkey Federation
Pete's Quick Corner
Gary Woods American Family Insurance
Turn-Key General Contracting
ALG Commercial Properties
Scooter's Coffee logo
Ray's Lunch BBQ Sponsor
Bob's Collision Repair BBQ Sponsor
Sharp Overhead Door
ConAgAuctions
Tyson Foods
Sysco logo
North Kansas City Beverage logo
Prairie Fresh logo
Black&McDonald logo
US Foods logo
Bross & Spidle Chapels logo
EZ Quick Lube logo
Flat Branch Home Loans logo
ES Family Dentistry
Rite Way Auto logo
American Family John Thomas logo
NAPA Auto
Sweet As Me Cotton Candy
Preferred Plumbing
Winland Foods logo
Star Storage

23rd Annual BBQ Results

Category

Pasta Results
Chicken Results
Pork Ribs Results
Pork Results
Brisket Results
Turkey Smoke Results
Dessert Results
Overall Results

1st Place Winner

Y-We-Q
Keep Calm & Sauce On
Machete Boys BBQ
Irwin’s Pit Crew BBQ
Love 2 Q
Damn Fine Beef & Swine
Harold’s Hot Meat Smokers
Gettin’ Basted

2023 Competition BBQ Teams

All Sauced Up
Ambition Que
American Fire BBQ
Atlas Saloon Brewery
Bears Backyard BBQ
Brisketbone BBQ
Damn Fine Beef & Swine
Fairway Smokers
Gettin’ Sauced
Grillas BBQ
Keep Calm and Sauce On Love
2Q Machete Boys BBQ
Man Meat BBQ
Parts R Smokin
Pirates of Bar B Que Bay
Score One Smokin’
Smokin’ Beaver BBQ
The Tenderizers
Three Brothers Different Mothers
Three Legged Pig BBQ
Triple H BBQ
Weekend Bum BBQ
Well Sauced BBQ
Yelton Wood Ticks