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Posted on: September 17, 2022

Riverside Smoke Off

information on the 2023 Smoke Off Event

4th Annual Riverside Smoke Off

Riverside Park 

March 31st and April 1st 

Fire up your pits and grills for some friendly competition at the 4th annual Riverside Smoke Off! Staying true to the native cuisine of Texas participants will prepare a wide range of BBQ staples – brisket, pork ribs, chicken, beans, chef’s choice and Dutch Oven – Sweet. Kids ages 5 – 17 years old are not left out in this competition – they can participate in ribeye steak and pork ribs. Riverside Smoke Off is where you can have a big time BBQing and hanging out, a little enjoyable rivalry between teams while having the chance to kick back, relax and enjoy the outdoors.  

$3,000 Guaranteed Total Pay Outs for 1st place winners!

Cookers can enter 9 categories:  Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chef’s Choice, Chicken, Beans, Dutch Oven Sweet and Best Decorated Booth.  Three new categories this year: Boiled Crawfish, Crawfish – Other and Crawfish – People’s Choice.  

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories except Best Decorated Booth.  

The kid’s cook categories are returning again this year – watch out teams they are good competition - Kid’s Cook Ribeye Steak (ages 5 – 8 years and 9 – 12 years) - $25 entry fee (steak is provided) and ribs category (13 – 17 years) – entry fee is $25.  First place in each age category will win a prize and trophy.  

You have two options for camping and Brisket entry (must enter brisket category): Colorado Cove (water, sewer & electric) - $200 (price includes camp site, 1 RV/Camper and 1 car) or the Wilderness Area (water & electric) - $150 (price includes camp site, 1 RV/Camper and 1 car); Pork Ribs, Chef’s Choice, Beans, Dutch Oven Sweet, Boiled Crawfish and Crawfish – Other are $25 each category; additional vehicles/day use vehicles are $10/car.  If you want to enter an additional brisket the entry fee is $100.  You can enter each category multiple times.  You can enter the Best Decorated Booth and Crawfish – People’s Choice at no charge.  Additional camp sites can be reserved.

How to Register:         

  1. In person at Bay City Parks Administration, 1209 10th Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  2. In person at Riverside Park, 7330 FM 2668, Monday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  3. Register on-line at https://www.cityofbaycity.org/190/Parks-Recreation.  Click on the Events and Programs button. 
  4. Call Parks and Recreation at 979-323-1660 or Riverside Park at 979-245-0340.

Want more information on this event or other Parks and Recreation’s programs, events, facilities or parks?  Check out the city’s webpage at https://www.cityofbaycity.org/190/Parks-Recreation; or follow us on Facebook: @BCPAR; Instagram: @BCPARD or Twitter: @baycity_parks.  

Whatever it is that you want to do – Get Your Play On in Bay City!

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