SPARKS, NV -- Organizers of the 2014 Best in the West Rib Cook Off could have not have been happier with this years event as it’s good business for the casinos but also the community.
1st Place Winner Desparados courtesy Nugget staff
“They did an economic study back in 2011,” said Lisa Jansen with the Nugget Hotel and Casino. “They think the economic impact is about $25 million (locally). “We have a lot charities here volunteering and we pay them to volunteer and the money goes to their local charity."
For the vendors on Labor Day it was the anticipation of who was going to to take home the top prize.
“It gets a little nerve wracking. Then we get over to the stage and my butterflies are surely churning,” said Jon Bigalk, pitmaster for Just North of Memphis BBQ.
Winning first place can mean more than just bragging rights.
"(Vendors) get to make a ton of money,” said Jansen. “Because what happens is at two o'clock they announce the winner. Everybody runs from the stage and goes to that winner and tries to buy ribs because they want to taste the best."
The best this year was Desperado's BBQ from Ohio. They took home a big trophy and a $7,500 check.
Desperado's was followed by Bone Daddy's, Famous Dave's, Butch's Smack Your Lips Barbecue and The Checkered Pig. The People's Choice Award went to Back Forty Texas Barbecue. Porky-n-Beans took home the award for best sauce.