The 29th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off happens every Labor Day weekend in Sparks, Nevada. Many culinary experts claim that this is the biggest and best BBQ event in the world!
Over a half-a-million people descend on this small Northern Nevada suburb of Reno each year to take in the delicacies. The event is free to the public to attend and this year 24 rib cookers showed off their best! Along with ribs, they’ve got just about every other kind of BBQ known to man, and a few ‘off the grid’ items too (ever had Bison ribs?). Plus, about 100+ arts and craft vendors sell everything from toe rings and tapestries to cigars and fine Italian licorice! They’ve even got a fun midway for the kids and free live musical entertainment…and we’re not just talking no-name local bands either. This year saw amazing performances from bands like Night Ranger, The Gin Blossoms and A Flock Of Seagulls!
Competition for this event is fierce as the winner not only takes home cash, but also bragging rights as being the BEST which equals big lines at their booth in subsequent years! This year, Chicago BBQ Company took the top honors among a crowded field. Check out our video below from the regional fave Carson City BBQ Company for some inside tips and tricks to compete with the top dogs. Carson City BBQ took 5th place (out of 24) in this years competition!