Best in the West Rib Cook Off

This year is the 27th annual Best in the West Rib Cook Off hosted by The Nugget Casino. If you haven’t gotten a chance to make it down to it yet, you have until Monday, September 7th. The Rib Cook Off is located in Victorian Square, Sparks, Nevada on Victorian Avenue, between 14th Street & Pyramid Way. The event runs from 11am to 9pm until Sunday, then on Monday it only goes 11am to 5pm.


This years Rib Cook Off is hosting 24 Rib Cookers from all over the world, all hoping to win the cash prize of $14,500 and the title “Best in the West”, which many consider to be the ultimate title in high volume, competitive barbecue. Last year, the title went to Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company from Hinckley, Ohio, second place went to Bone Daddy’s BBQ from Midland, Michigan and Famous Dave’s competitive barbecue team from Minnetonka, Minnesota won 3rd place.

Three new competitors will join this years line-up of Rib Cookers, including:

  • Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ from Burr Ridge, Illinois
  • Montana Q Bar-B-Que House from Frenchtown, Montana
  • Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue from Mansfield, Ohio

The 21 other Rib Cookers returning to this years Rib Cook-Off are:

  • Aussom Aussie BBQ Company (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Back Forty Texas Barbecue (Pleasant Hill, CA)
  • The Barbecue Company (Phoenix, AZ); BJ’s Barbecue (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 Company (Hinckley, OH)
  • Famous Dave’s BBQ (Minnetonka, MN and Reno, NV)
  • Hole in the Wall BBQ (Eugene, OR)
  • Johnson’s Bar-B-Que (Chesapeake, VA)
  • Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. (Concord, CA)
  • Porky ‘N Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
  • Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. (Rochester, IN)
  • Texas Outlaw Barbecue (Elizabethtown, KY)
  • Texas Thunder BBQ (Borger, TX)
  • Uncle Bub’s (Westmont, IL)

The event brings a large crowd every year, hitting up to about 500,000 people in attendance over the course of the event. It is a great event for the Reno/Sparks area, and it’s great for your appetite too! So if you haven’t gotten the chance to go, then grab a few friends or take your family, and go chow down on the delicious ribs at this years Best in the West Rib Cook Off!