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The Steel Yard

27 Sims Avenue

Providence, RI 02909

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The 2nd Annual Ocean State BBQ FESTIVAL is here!

Tickets $15 each in advance ($20 at the door)

Friday, 5pm–10pm 
and Saturday, 12noon–10pm
Rain or Shine


A ticket to the BBQ Fest gains you entry, food vendor samples, and a complimentary beer, soda or water. Additional eats and libations available separately.

Best Of Smoke-Off competition, Kansas City BBQ Society rules (or mighty damned close!) – Tons of live music – Lots to wash it down: Revival Brewery, Shiner Bock, Farmer Willie's Ginger Beer, Little Bitte Artisinal Cocktails, Yacht Club Soda, Granny Squibb Iced Tea, New Harvest Coffee – Chicken Bingo – RI's best BBQ all at a great spot benefitting The Steel Yard!

Four categories of Team competition: Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Chicken.

FYI: Competitors in the smoke-off required in all categories to smoke on-site overnight.

While the great state of RI is known for fantastic seafood worldwide, our BBQ... not exactly. We’re hoping to change that. Help us celebrate local smoking BBQ efforts at the Ocean State BBQ Festival highlighting R.I. based BBQ joints, restaurants, enthusiasts, and backyarders! Emphasis on Local smokers, Local brews, Local music!

Children under 12 FREE

Handicapped parking available on Sims Ave. near main entrance. Please contact us in advance if handicapped parking is needed.

Sponsorship opportunities, Smoke-Off Rules & Regulations, and any questions, let us know thru this page (Contact button below by the map) or our Facebook page or at: Ocean State BBQ Festival P.O. Box 242 Providence, R.I. 02901

Partial proceeds from ticket sales go to The Steel Yard educational scholarship fund.

Who’s food vending at the festival?

We're happy to have Binge BBQ, El Rancho Grande, Gotta-Q BBQ, and Great Northern BBQ Co. there serving up fantastic food for all you smoked food lovers.

Will BBQ vendors be offering samples? 

Licensed food vendors, YES! There will be plenty of eats off their curated menus; Competing BBQ teams: NO, they're not permitted to sell food.

Is the public judging who has the best bbq?

The competing teams will be making food squarely for the judges, we’re dialing it up as close as possible to KCBS sanctioned rules, so no, the public at large will not be judging the BBQ, except with their wallets.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? 

Children under 12 are free, ages 12–20 ticketed not permitted to drink alcohol, ages 21+ can drink with positive ID of course.

What are my parking options at the event? 

There’s no designated lot, but there is plenty of on-street parking all along Sims Ave. and around the corner on Kinsley Ave. near the Steelyard. There will be handicapped parking near the front entrance as well, please contact us prior to set up a designated handicapped spot.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, as pre-festival online ticket sales end at noon Friday 6/9, we'll have a list at the Check-In table, beyond that it's cash & credit card swiping on-site.

Are dogs allowed?

We love dogs, but unfortunately, no dogs allowed– we’re keeping the Dept. of Health happy with this one.

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