Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off

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Pork ribs at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off is an annual rib cook-off in Sparks, Nevada. The competition involves St. Louis-style pork ribs. The event is held at Victorian Square in Sparks and has taken place annually over the Labor Day weekend since 1989; it is sponsored by John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort.[1]

History[edit]

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off began in 1989, with six entries and a small group of casino customers. The initial event did not involve cooking the ribs on-site, but rather reheating them with cans of Sterno fuel.[2] The inaugural winner was North Main Barbecue from Euless, Texas.[2][3]

The event is the main attraction for Sparks, and is mentioned in travel guides[4][5][6] and barbecue books.[7]

Rib cook-off and other competitions[edit]

The rib cook-off takes place over six days in Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada; six blocks of Victorian Avenue are closed to traffic during the event for the cook-off competitors and other vendors to stage their booths. Aside from the actual cook-off, ribs are sold to the general public. In addition to the ribs there is a small arts and crafts fair and a few children's rides. In 2007 the event, for the first time, drew half a million visitors, and has done so every following year, serving up to 100 tons of St. Louis-style ribs and inifinite amounts of happiness.[8][9] It was calculated that the 2006 event produced "1.4 million bones' worth of pork ribs."[10]

Top prize for the judged event is $7,500. There is also a "people's choice award" and an award for best sauce.[11]

Statistics[edit]

A vendor displaying their awards
Year Attendance (estimated) Ribs cooked (lbs) Winner's home state References
1989 30,000 Texas [3][12]
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996 Texas [13]
1997 Texas [14]
1998 Nevada [15]
1999 Michigan [16]
2000 Kentucky [12]
2001 300,000* 126,000* Pennsylvania [12][17]
2002 Kentucky [18]
2003 Kentucky [18]
2004 300,000 148,000 Texas [3]
2005 300,000* 150,000* New Jersey [19][20]
2006 400,000 Minnesota [9][21]
2007 500,000* 200,000* Minnesota [9][22][23]
2008 500,000 100,000 Michigan [1][2]
2009 500,000 200,000 Ohio [24]

Note: Statistics marked with an asterisk (*) are pre-event estimates.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michigan cooker wins Best in the West rib cook-off". San Francisco Chronicle. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Greenberg, Peter. "Ribs, Ribs, and More Ribs: The Biggest Barbecue Cook-Off in the West". Peter Greenberg. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Sonner, Scott (May 31, 2005). "Sparks sets lineup for annual cook-off". Las Vegas Review-Journal (AP). Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  4. ^ Walpole, Jeanne Lauf (2007). Insiders' Guide to Reno and Lake Tahoe. Globe Pequot. pp. 179–80. ISBN 978-0-7627-4190-8. 
  5. ^ Schulte-Peevers, Andrea; Sara Benson (2006). California. Lonely Planet. p. 356. ISBN 978-1-74059-951-1. 
  6. ^ "101 Western Events". American Cowboy: 44. January–February 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  7. ^ Cumbay, Traci; Tom Schneider (2008). BBQ Sauces, Rubs & Marinades For Dummies. For Dummies. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-470-19914-5. 
  8. ^ Sooner, Scott (August 1, 2005). "Labor Day weekend means barbecue ribs in northern Nevada". USA Today (AP). Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ a b c O'Malley, Jaclyn (September 5, 2009). "Cooks give tips for making award-winning ribs at home". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ Bruder, Jessica (2007). Burning book: a visual history of Burning Man. Simon and Schuster. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4169-2824-9. 
  11. ^ "Local Company Among Rib Cookoff Winners". KOLO-TV. September 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  12. ^ a b c Gardner, Tom (August 30, 2001). "The Super Bowl of Rib Roasts". Luddington Daily News. pp. A8. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  13. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - Coyote". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - Joey's Texas Thunder". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  15. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - BJ's Barbeque". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  16. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  17. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - Awesome Aussie". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  18. ^ a b "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - Texas Outlaw Barbecue". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  19. ^ Leocha, Charles (Aug 17, 2005). "Reno lets the good times roll". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  20. ^ "Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Cooker Details - Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ". Reno Ribs. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  21. ^ Dunne, Mike (September 5, 2006). "Winning Ribs from Minnesota? Believe It". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  22. ^ Famous Dave's won both the 2006 and 2007 competitions
  23. ^ Harrington, Joe (August 29, 2007). "Plenty of Ribs to Eat in Sparks". KOLO-TV. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  24. ^ Hagar, Ray (September 8, 2009). "Desperado takes Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off trophy after rough start". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-08. [dead link]

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