The 11th Annual Hartford Rib Off


**NEW DATE** October 23rd & October 24th, 2020

Tickets On Sale NOW

Beer Fest

Congratulations to the Grand Champions of the 1st Annual Hartford Rib Off Beer Festival, a KCBS Grill Contest – Twinning BBQ!

Friday June 15, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest presented by Two Roads



Top 10 Reasons you should buy a ticket to the Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest

  1. Each ticket sold provides an all inclusive pass:
  2. Unparalleled access to 18 local and nationally known craft breweries (listed below), each pouring 3 specialty beers, including but not limited to
    • Two Roads Brewing Company Two Juicy
    • Grey Sail Brewing Captain’s Daughter
    • Broad Brook Jiggawatts Double IPA
    • Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin
    • Ithaca Pulp Addiction New England IPA
    • Connecticut Valley Trailblazer
    • Stubborn Beauty Barrel Aged Conqueror
    • New Belgium Hemperor IPA
    • Captain Lawrence Powder Dreams
  3. A gourmet New England Style Surf and Turf dinner prepared on site by local celebrity Chef Van Hurd (of Hell’s Kitchen fame) and his team from Taino Smokehouse.  Dinner includes:
    • Steak
    • Shrimp
    • an elevated baked potato bar
    • mexican street corn
    • sides
    • dessert
  4. Ability to watch some of the premier competition BBQ pitmasters compete in a KCBS Grill Contest AND to participate in a People’s Choice Contest and sample 18 Pit Masters’ offerings.
  5. Live entertainment by The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music and their guests Among the Acres.
  6. A keepsake 6 oz sampling glass, entitling you to unlimited pours from the 18 breweries.
  7. Specialty drinks mixed with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Regatta Ginger Beer
  8. Limited to 500 total tickets sold, $75 each.
  9. 16,000 square feet of tents – “just in case”. Rain or shine.  Event location:  Riverside Park, 20 Liebert Road, Hartford
  10. 100% of the proceeds of the event will be donated to several local charitable organizations.



Introducing the 1st Annual Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest: A New England style Surf and Turf dinner and beer festival, taking place at Riverside Park – 20 Liebert Road, Hartford

  • In an intimate setting of 500 people max, the 1st Annual Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest presents a KCBS Grill event where some of the best Pit Masters from the East Coast will come to compete for the title of best steak and shrimp. This contest is independently evaluated by a panel of judges, most of whom are KCBS Certified.
  • Attendees vote for their favorite BBQ sauce in our people’s choice contest, so be sure to visit every cook team and cast your vote.
  • Representatives from 18 different breweries, listed below, will be on site giving unlimited samples of some of the best beer they have to offer. You will also enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka inspired drinks as part of our all inclusive offering. Don’t forget the delicious surf and turf dinner prepared onsite by . Live entertainment and free parking is also included in your ticket price.
  • Doors open at 6pm.  Event ends at 9pm.



6:00pm  Doors Open; People’s Choice Contest offerings available

6:30pm POSSM takes the stage

8:00pm End of People’s Choice Contest

8:30pm  KCBS awards announced, People’s Choice Contest announced, 50/50 Raffle Winner announced.

9:00pm Event ends



Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music – The POSSM are Renaissance Men. We are teachers, coaches, entrepreneurs, surfers, students, athletes, family men and sometimes musicians. We are lucky to have great neighbors, fans, friends and collaborators who have helped make our short career a fantastic ride! We are having an awesome time playing music that we love (everything from Bob Marley and Johnny Cash to Sublime and Mumford and Sons) and feel very fortunate for the opportunities we’ve had. Our ever expanding group of originals feature the ukulele and the guitar and are influenced by Reggae and many versions of Rock. We have completed our first EP/demo, and were honored and excited to be voted 1st runner up for best local band/musician in the 2016 Hartford Magazines readers poll and voted best local band in the Best of 2017 Hartford Magazine readers poll.

Thank you to our friends at for generously setting up a special rate for the Hartford Rib Off!
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For information about the Hartford Rib Off on Saturday, June 16, 2018, click here

The Hartford Rib Off is a 501(c)(3) and 100% of proceeds benefit local charities. Come have fun with us so we can collectively change our world together through the money we raise. Must be 21 or older to participate.

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The Hartford Rib Off is a fully sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society Contest