4 Rivers Expands Product Offerings With Debut of New Jerky Line

4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky is available in five delicious flavors

Winter Park, Fla. – Mar. 5, 2019 – Award-winning barbecue brand 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which operates 14 restaurants in Florida and Georgia, has expanded its offerings with the debut of an all-new line of jerky products. Now available at each of its Smokehouse locations as well as at THE COOP and 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck, the 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky comes in five delicious flavors – Original Beef, Red Pepper Beef, Pork & Beef, Venison & Pork and Turkey.

Crafted with the same pride and passion that has earned the acclaimed barbecue brand some of the culinary world’s highest accolades, 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky is 100 percent hardwood-smoked, high in protein and has no added nitrates. 

“The launch of our new jerky line is an excellent opportunity to have more people than ever experience the 4 Rivers brand, with some great on-the-go options,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “Each variety of the jerky is handcrafted using the highest quality ingredients and we anticipate them becoming a best-of-category product.”

The brand’s line of signature 4R products has also recently expanded with national delivery now available through Amazon, which lets barbecue lovers from across the country have Smoked Brisket, Sauces, Rubs and more shipped directly to their homes. Multipacks of the new 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky will also be available for purchase on Amazon later this month. Throughout 2019 the jerky product line will also become available at select retailers throughout the southeast.


Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service, and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning the state of Florida and recently opened their first location in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted in and around the Central Florida area with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle. Also part of the 4R family is The Coop, a neighborhood restaurant celebrating the home-style fare of the South serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Winter Park.

All Smokehouse locations are open Monday through Saturday and closed every Sunday to give team members a day for family and worship. 4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast, and its award-winning brisket and signature products are also available in-store and online via Amazon.  

For additional information about 4 Rivers Smokehouse or to inquire about catering opportunities, please call 407.4RIVERS or visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.

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4 Rivers Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with
Smokehouse Specials, Expands Offerings at Walt Disney World Resort

Two new 4 Rivers outposts now open at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Winter Park, Fla. – Jan. 22, 2019 – In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, 4R Restaurant Group has announced a variety of monthly specials at each of its 4 Rivers Smokehouses. The award-winning barbecue brand has also expanded its Walt Disney World Resort culinary offerings with the opening of two new eateries at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO, began smoking meats in his garage as a labor of love to support local philanthropic causes. He eventually parlayed his passion into his profession with the opening of the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park in 2009, followed by 13 additional Smokehouses in Florida and Georgia as well as The Coop, also located in Winter Park. To celebrate such a delicious decade, each 4 Rivers Smokehouse will offer a variety of limited-time-only specials throughout the year, including:

January: John’s Brisket Chili
February: Spud Love (baked potato served with your choice of meat and topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, green onions, sour cream and 4R Signature Sauce)
March: Destroyer Madness (expanded variety of the classic Texas Destroyer)
April: Backyard Chicken Sandwich (flame-grilled chicken breast, Alabama White Sauce, melted provolone, bacon, lettuce and tomato)
May: Brisket Sliders with new signature sauces
Summer Specials: Freedom Dog, Baby Back Ribs, New Summer Salads, 10-Year Anniversary Sauce
September: Brisket Burger
October: Special pricing on All-Time Favorites Menu, anniversary celebration event at Winter Park 4 Rivers Smokehouse
November: The Pilgrim (smoked turkey sandwich sacked with savory stuffing, warm gravy and tart cranberry chutney)
December: Porklet (crispy-fried pork tenderloin loaded with chipotle aioli, pickles, and fresh arugula)

To commemorate its 10-year anniversary, 4 Rivers will also collaborate with local artists in each market on original creations at select Smokehouses that personify the company culture, local community and various milestones over the past decade. A complete list of participating artists and Smokehouses will be released when all project details have been finalized.

“First and foremost, the entire 4 Rivers family sincerely thanks everyone for the continued support over the past decade. It’s been an honor to break bread, or better yet, brisket, with so many friends since opening the original Smokehouse in 2009,” said Rivers. “We look forward to growing our barbecue ministry for many years to come while staying true to our core values of serving the highest quality food and supporting causes that build better communities.”

Among 4R Restaurant Group’s immediate growth plans are the opening of two new concessions venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located in Walt Disney World Resort, which attracts nearly two million athletes, coaches and fans annually for world-class competitions.

Both eateries – a walk-up version of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and a walk-up version of 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa, the popular Mexican-inspired concept that debuted at Disney Springs last year – are now open in The Arena, a 300,000-square-foot facility. Each 4 Rivers outpost serves a variety of signature dishes, including Smoked Brisket and Feisty Chicken Sandwich (a favorite from The Coop available for the first time at 4 Rivers) at the Smokehouse concession, and the beloved Taco Cone filled with choice of meats at the 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa concession. Both locations will operate only during events being held in The Arena.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to make our culinary offerings more widely available at Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of two new 4 Rivers eateries in The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex,” added Rivers. “As a sports destination, athletes from more than 60 countries visit the Complex annually and we’re proud to offer them authentic local cuisine from 4 Rivers Smokehouse and 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa.”

The new ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex concessions follow in the footsteps of the brand’s recent debut at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, which now offers signature 4 Rivers dishes during all events at the venue.

The brand’s line of signature 4R products has also recently expanded with national delivery now available through Amazon, which lets barbecue lovers from across the country have Smoked Brisket, Sauces, Rubs and more shipped directly to their homes.

A variety of philanthropic endeavors will also be established by The 4R Foundation in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary, including a special edition of the brand’s signature charity event, Cows ‘n Cabs, which takes place in Winter Park each Fall. In 2018, The 4R Foundation helped more than 950 local schools, churches and charitable organizations.


ESPN Wide World of Sports, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is the premier site for amateur sports in the nation.  The complex hosts more than 100 entertainment and sporting events each year and has accommodated 70 different sports featuring athletes from 70 different countries.  Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with experiences synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 220-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, 9,500-seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, three field houses for basketball, volleyball, other indoor sports, a track & field facility, a cross country course and a tennis complex with 10 courts. In January 2018, the complex opened The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, an 8,000-seat facility specifically designed for cheerleading and dance competitions and other indoor sports.  ESPN Wide World of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of unique sports solutions, such as special travel packages, fresh ready-made meal options, photography services, customized event merchandise and post-game celebrations in the Disney ParksThe sports complex also contains a state-of-the-art production center which produces content for the Disney family of networks and distributes programming globally through its extensive fiber network. The production center is a 3,200-square-foot next-generation facility with three control rooms, three replay rooms, eight edit suites and a full broadcast studio with 42 channels of replay. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex production team is capable of capturing and producing events in HD, 4K and immersive 8K.  For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos and videos.  Follow us on Twitter at @ESPNWWOS and at Facebook at ESPNWWOS.

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