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Locals take top spot at rib cook-off

BJ’s BBQ of Sparks won the 1st place trophy at the 33rd Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

According to a Nugget spokesperson, BJ owner Jay Rathmann said: It’s been a while since we first shot it, but now we have a bookend!”

Carson City BBQ came in fourth. This year’s event was attended by his four locals out of 21 barbecue outfits, including Brothers Barbecue in Reno, Git-R-Smoked and his BJ’s Barbecue in Sparks, and Carson City Barbecue in the capital.

Two new cookware debuts this year: Armadillos Real Down Home BBQ in Naperville, IL and Mansmith’s BBQ in Lava, Idaho.

BJ’s has attended over 30 annual conventions that draw large crowds to downtown Sparks. Their last victory was in 1998.

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This is the second year in a row that a local chef has won. Git-R-Smoked has earned his 2021 highest honor.

List of winners:

  • 1st Place – BJ’s BBQ
  • 2nd Place – Porky Chicks BBQ
  • 3rd Place – Back Forty Texas Barbecue
  • No. 4 – Carson City BBQ
  • No. 5 – Checkered Pig BBQ
  • Best sauce – just north of Memphis

Next year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th through September 4th, 2023.

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