Event Info

24-27, 2019



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How to get to Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off

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History and mission of Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off

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A Note of Thanks

Thank you, Northeast Ohio, and beyond for making the 2018 Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off part of your Memorial Day Holiday Weekend plans. We know you have many things (Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, Family Outings, Graduation Parties, Weddings and other festivals) to choose from and we appreciate that we were one of your stops.

The Berea City Club’s “Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off” is our signature event and we are 20 years strong this year because of you. The Volunteer Groups donating their time over the long holiday weekend benefit from their participation with our donating back to their organization following the event.

We are incredibly proud of all “walks of life” that came out and feel welcomed at our festival. We saw a lot of familiar faces from over the years to some new faces that let us know they were happy to have found out about our festival. Be sure to click on 2018 Gallery to see this year’s photo album.

It’s never goodbye, but so long for now – we look forward seeing you again in 2019 (Mark your calendar for Friday, May 24th thru Monday, May 27th)

The Berea City Club


Congrats to This Year’s Winners


  • 1st Place Best RibsMojo’s Rib Shack
  • 2nd Place Best RibsBlazin’ Bronco BBQ Co.
  • 3rd Place Best RibsPig Foot BBQ
  • Best SaucePorky Chicks
  • People’s ChoiceSmokin’ T’s
  • Pick of the PigBlazin’ Bronco BBQ Co.
  • Click here to view photos from the Rib Judging & Awards


2018 Little Miss Berea Winners

  • Miss BereaManpriet Thomas
  • Miss Berea TeenMadison Thomas
  • Miss Berea Pre-TeenMadison Shannon
  • Miss Junior BereaAva Batson
  • PrincessCallie Paxton
  • Little PrincessMandy Roth
  • Littlest PrincessAddisyn Dotson
  • Click here to view photos from the Little Miss Berea Pageant


Come One – Come All!

The Best Value in Town

Welcome to the home of Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off, recently named one of 15 Can’t Miss Food Events in Cleveland. Year to year, some things never change about the Cook-Off. From face-painting to a rock climbing wall, Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off makes a special effort to create family friendly environment with a picnic style atmosphere. Our Festival offers FREE PARKING ALL WEEKEND LONG, FREE ADMISSION for kids under 12, and FREE ADMISSION FRIDAY BEFORE 5PM & ONLY $5 AFTER 5PM AND JUST $5 ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY). MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT is FREE all weekend long with your paid cook-off admission.

Best Ribs! Best Sauce! People’s Choice! Boasting more award winning ribbers than any Cleveland area rib fest, Berea Rib is a can’t miss event for those who love barbecue. After all, what better way to celebrate a great American holiday than with great American food (and what could be more American than barbecue?) So if you’re looking for fun in Cleveland Memorial Day Weekend, Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off is the place to be (get directions).

We look forward to seeing you all out at the fairgrounds, May 24-27, 2019, for next year’s Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off, so mark your calendars!

Call for Artists & Crafters

Arts & Crafts ShowBerea’s National Rib Cook-Off is seeking handmade crafters to display and sell their work at the cook-off. If you are interested, please contact Marie Pochatek by email at Gristhree@hotmail.com or by phone at 440-234-5181.

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