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2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off winners announced

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The verdict is in and the winners of the 29th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off winners have been announced.

Top five winners for 2017:

  1. Chicago BBQ Company, Burr Ridge, IL $10,000
  2. Uncle Bub’s, Westmont, IL: $5,000
  3. Aussom Aussie, Pittsburg, PA: $2,000
  4. Carson City BBQ, Carson City, NV: $1,000
  5. Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, Burr Ridge, IL: $500

People's Choice:

Back Forty Texas Barbecue, Pleasant Hill, CA: $500

Best Sauce:

Uncle Bub's, Westmont, IL: $500


22 different rib vendors from all over the United States filled the streets of Victorian Square over Labor Day weekend.

A committee of 13 judges cast their vote to determine who makes the best ribs in the west. After being broken up into two separate groups, the judges each taste 11 different ribs. From there, the top five ribs are selected and the judges move onto the final round.

Judges are prohibited from sampling any ribs from vendors before judging takes place. The meat is provided to the vendors by Sierra Meats and Seafood, therefore, there is no disadvantage.

In 2016, Rasta Joe's from Plymouth, Indiana won first place overall. Our Reno Unfiltered crew had the chance to go behind the scenes with the barbecuing masters this year.


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