Twenty-four of America’s most decorated and talented rib cookers are at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, to compete for the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive barbecue. In addition to bragging rights, the cookers compete for a total cash purse of $14,500 at America’s biggest rib cook-off, held every extended Labor Day weekend. More than 500,000 visitors and 233,400 pounds of ribs were served in 2012 at the six-day event.
The 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, 2013 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort. This must-attend culinary, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!
The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off brings in top-notch entertainment, rides and a carnival area, and, of course, the best BBQ in the country. The rib cook-off draws thousands of people to Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada every extended Labor Day weekend.
In 2012, Chicago BBQ Company, from Burr Ridge, IL, took home the title of “Best in the West,” their first time winning the grand prize after 24 years at the invitation-only event. Second place went to Sweet Baby Ray’s; Famous Dave’s took third place; Porky ‘N’ Beans took fourth place; Checkered Pig took fifth place. Another top honor – the 2012 People’s Choice Award was given to Back Forty Texas Barbecue.
The winners of 2013’s competition will be announced on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the West End Stage.
2013 Rib Cookers:
Armadillo Willy’s – Los Altos, CA
Aussom Aussie – Pittsburgh, PA
Back Forty Texas Barbecue – Pleasant Hill, CA
BJ’s Barbeque – Sparks, NV
Bone Daddy’s BBQ – Midland, MI
Bourbon Q – Westport, KY
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ – Mt. Laurel, NJ
Carson City BBQ – Carson City, NV
Checkered Pig BBQ – Martinsville, VA
Chicago BBQ Company – Burr Ridge, IL
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co. – Hinckley, OH
Famous Dave’s BBQ – Plymouth, MN
Joey’s Texas Thunder – Euless, TX
Johnson’s Bar-B-Que – Chesapeake, VA
Just North of Memphis – Annandale, MN
Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. – Concord, CA
Memphis Championship Barbecue, Las Vegas, NV
Porky ‘N’ Beans BBQ – Port St. Lucie, FL
Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. – Plymouth, IN
Smokehouse Specialties – Dos Palos, CA
Sweet Baby Ray’s – Chicago, IL
Texas Outlaw Barbecue – Elizabethtown, KY
The Barbecue Company Inc. – Phoenix, AZ
Uncle Bub’s – Westmount, IL