More than 100-thousand pounds of ribs havebeen ordered for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, which began today in Sparks and continues through Labor Day.
Defending champion Butch Lupinetti, from Mount Laurel, New
Jersey, says he's been riding a whirlwind of popularity since his
Butch's Smack Your Lips B-B-Q took home the blue ribbon last
He says the mechanics even knew him in the repair shop in
Chicago where he stopped to get his truck fixed last week en route
to the 18th annual Nugget Rib Cook-off.
Twenty-three other rib-cooking enterprises will try to knock him
off the top of the culinary mountain this year - and grab a portion
of the 16-thousand-500 dollars in prize money.