November 28, 2014
A cooker from the Upper Midwest is headed back home with the first-place trophy from the biggest rib cook-off in the West.
Mike Bowar and his Famous Dave's BBQ team from Plymouth,
Minnesota, claimed the title and 75-hundred-dollars prize in just
their second year of competition at the 18th annual Best in the
West Nugget Rib Cook-off in Sparks.
Twenty-four barbecue teams from across the country served up an
estimated 200-thousand pounds of St. Louis-style pork ribs to an
estimated half (M) Million visitors at the six-day event that ended
Bowar likened it to winning pro football's Super Bowl.
Second place went to B.J's Barbeque of Sparks and third to Sweet
Meat Cooking Team of Euless, Texas.
Texas Brothers Bar-B-Que of Pottsboro, Texas finished fourth and
Bone Daddy's of Midland, Michigan was fifth.
The People's Choice Award voted on by the customers went to
Butch Lupinetti and Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ of Mount Laurel,
New Jersey. Best sauce award went to Porky 'n' Beans of Parma,