Smoke On The River BBQ Challenge Is September 17, Deadline To Register Is Thursday

PONCA – From pork, poultry, beef and an ‘other’ category, this year’s Smoke on the River BBQ Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 17 during the Missouri River Outdoor Expo.

From Ponca State Park, the challenge is part of the Sinful BBQ Cup and has openings for competitors with no entry fee along with some amazing prizes being awarded.

The ‘other’ category of wild game is optional but does count towards your overall points and will be supplied by the Expo Advisory Board.

Prizes will be awarded in each division for the top three of either pork, poultry, beef and ‘other’ wild game. A Grand Champion will also be chosen.

First place in each category will earn a one night stay in a Ponca State Park 4-bedroom mini lodge (valued at $350.00) while the Grand Champion prize will be announced during the event.

The Smoke on the River BBQ Challenge is open to twelve teams. Competitors interested in more detail, can contact Tyler Uthof at 402-369-2530 or email The deadline to signup is Thursday, September 15.

No electricity will be available at the site location and a state park vehicle permit is required.

Visit for more details on the 17th annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park.