Annual Ribstock MBA BBQ Festival and Lager Fest

Ribstock Announcement: Event Postponement for 2024

It is with regret that we announce the postponement of Ribstock 2024, a highly anticipated event in our community. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festivities. However, we assure our dedicated patrons and participants that Ribstock will return in 2025 even bigger and better than before.

The decision to postpone Ribstock was not made lightly, and we understand the disappointment this may cause to our loyal supporters, vendors, sponsors, and participants. The quality of the event is our top priority, and recent developments have made it impractical to proceed as planned.

Ribstock has always been a celebration of community, food, and entertainment, and we are committed to delivering an outstanding experience to our attendees. While we are disappointed that we cannot host the event this year, we are already hard at work planning for an extraordinary Ribstock in 2025.  We look forward to our continued partnership with The Granary, Bushwachers, I See It Ventures, and the Nebraska Brewers Guild.

In the meantime, we encourage our community to stay engaged with us on social media and our website for updates and announcements regarding the future of Ribstock. We are grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, vendors, and attendees, and we look forward to returning with renewed energy and excitement next year.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the understanding of our Ribstock community. We are confident that the extra time and effort invested in the planning process for next year’s event will result in an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

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About Ribstock: Ribstock is an annual celebration of community, food, and entertainment, bringing together families, friends, and food enthusiasts for a memorable experience. The event showcases a variety of delicious barbecue offerings, live music, and fun activities for all ages.

Ribstock BBQ Festival Omaha

The Ribstock Story

The story of Ribstock BBQ Festival Omaha centers on the idea of bringing people together for a love of BBQ and community. The concept of hosting a local BBQ festival started with a simple conversation between MBA members and Ribstock Co-founders, Jeff Gehring and Kenny Engelmeyer. Jeff had suggested a BBQ event based his memorable experiences in the south. Kenny loved the idea and decided to take this concept to father and son professional BBQ-ing team, Steve and Jeff Gehring. Having experience with local fundraising, and after seeing Project Wee Care’s Distribution day, Steve and Jeff were so excited by what they saw, they couldn’t help but jump on board. From there, Ribstock was born!!

Ribstock 2023 continues the themes of business, community, and BBQ, which is truly what this event is all about. There have been so many people within the community and Millard Business Association that have contributed to this event and every year it continues to grow. Ribstock has generated thousands of dollars for our designated charities and we look forward to 2023 being another amazing year.

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Lager Fest By Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild

The Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is bringing back Lager Fest for a second year, celebrating the summer’s most crushable beer, ciders, and seltzers with a focus on craft lagers. With 25+ Nebraska craft producers, there will be something for everyone! Lager Fest will be held at Venues at the Granary (indoors) and run from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Attendees of Lager Fest will receive free entry into Ribstock ($7 savings) to enjoy the 10+ BBQ vendors, activities, live music, and more!


Supported Organizations

The originating concept behind Ribstock was to bring a premiere BBQ festival to the Omaha area with the added benefit of giving back to the community. This year we will be supporting the following programs.

Teammates Mentoring


Teammates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on the middle school students, and twenty-two football players began meeting with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools. Of the 22 original mentees, 21 went on to graduate from high school while one left school early to pursue a successful Motocross career. Eighteen of the original mentees also obtained some form of post-secondary education. The program has changed quite a bit since then. We now serve thousands of boys and girls across the Midwest, and our mentors come from all walks of life. One thing, however, remains the same— our mentors just have to be there. It’s that simple.

WDC Food Basket Program


Western Douglas County Food Basket Program provides 500 food baskets to 350 families in Douglas County and surrounding areas. We assemble holiday baskets that are distributed to families with food insecurities during the holiday season and the winter break from school. The baskets are provided through the generous donations from the community and the hard work from our volunteers.


Project Wee Care is a charitable organization run by volunteers to benefit those in need in the Millard community. With the assistance of many community members and donations PWC is able to provide food, warm clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts to those in need. Since 2006 we have helped 2,800+ families; over 14,000 of our neighbors have received help. Over 140 PWC volunteers help on distribution day with over 600 volunteer hours.


Through the (efforts) of the Scholarship Fund, the MBA and MBCF recognizes the importance of education in our community. Since 2004, the Fund has distributed approximately $90,000 in scholarships to graduates from the Millard High Schools and VJ Skutt Catholic High School for academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

General Information



  • $7 Admission pre-paid, $10 at gate (Ages 21 & over. Kids free.)
  • Event open to the public
  • Lager Fest VIP hour opens
  • Velvet Crush playing


  • Lager Fest opens for general admission


  • Charm School Dropouts


  • People’s Choice Award announcement
  • Lager Fest Concludes


  • Event Concludes



Whole Hog

Full Rack

Baby Backs

Burnt Ends

Bacon Bits

Friends of Ribstock



Ribstock will feature Omaha’s premiere BBQ Vendors! You can sample from a variety of vendors.

J's Smokehouse
BBQ Brothers
Wayne's New Skoo BBQ
New Orleans Sneaux
Mighty Handz BBQ

Lager Fest Brewers

Flyover Brewery
Dry Spokes
Site-1 Brewing
Cosmic Eye Brewing
Brickway Brewery & Distillery
Empyrean Brewing Co.
Zipline Brewing Co.
Divots Brewery,
Kinkaider Brewing Co. & Sideshow Spirits
Kros Strain Brewing
Scriptown Brewing
Bottle Rocket Brewing Co.
Homebrewers Local 402
Benson Brewery
Nebraska Brewing Company
Infusion Brewing Co.
Five-0-Five Brewing
First Street Brewing
Saro Cider
Railroaders Brew Club
Lucky Bucket Brewing

People's Choice

People's Choice
Ribstock BBQ Festival Omaha, by Millard Business Association

8:00pm: People’s Choice Rib Contest

More details coming soon.


Velvet Crush Omaha

4:00pm: Velvet Crush  Dropouts 

Charm School Dropouts

7:00pm: Charm School