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2013 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

The Sparks NV (Reno) rib cook-off is the place to be for BBQ lovers. 2013 marked the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Hosted by John Ascuga’s Nugget, the Labor Day weekend event on Victorian Square featured lots of BBQ and related food along with a craft fair plus free admission, entertainment and parking.
Cookers from near and far —as far as Sydney, Australia — come each year to compete for cash prizes and to be declared the years best provider of ribs and/or sauce.
In 2013 barbeque smoke from 20+ competitors overpowered lingering odors of the smoke drifting into the area from California forest fires.
Families large and small enjoyed a slightly less crowded event, redesigned for better foot traffic. There also seemed to be more seating than past years with picnic tables in multiple locations.

Best in the West Rib Cook-Off Photos

BBQ ribs are the main attraction.

Rib planks, dripping with sauce, being turned on a grill

The smell of pork ribs, often slathered with sauce, cooking on open grills permeates the air at the cook-off.

 

Onions added to coals under slabs of ribs

Each cooker strives to provide a unique flavor that will make their ribs stand out.
At Rasta Joe’s onion ends are added to the coals to flavor the smoke.

 

Rasta Joe's BBQ booth and Nugget casino, hotel

Large displays for each cooker above multiple customer lines extol the products available and highlight past awards.

 

Here is a brief sampling of this year’s stands from near to far:

close up of Carson City BBQ booth at 2013 Best in the West Rib Cook-Off

 

Back Forty Texas BBQ stand with Burbon Square Casino in background

 

Chicago BBQ Company

 

Aussom Aussie and Checkerd Pig stands at Victorian Square in Sparks NV

 

Families enjoying BBQ in front of the Johnson's Hickory Smoked Bar-B Que stand

 

People at a picnic bench

 

There were plenty of other dishes available to supplement the ribs:

Men Wielding Fire stand selling fire roasted corn

 

Big plates piled with fried curled potatoes

 

Booth selling onion rings, zucchini and mushrooms all batter dipped and deep fried

 

All this food plus a large craft fair were happening in Sparks:

Craft fair booths and City of Sparks sign

 

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