Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off coming to Sparks

Whether you’re the type of rib-eater who’s all about quality, or the type who’s all about quantity, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off delivers with the world’s best cookers lined up to fill festivalgoers bellies and compete for bragging rights.

The 21st running of the event takes place Sept. 2-7 (Labor Day weekend) at Victorian Square in Reno’s sister city of Sparks, where nearly 500,000 visitors will converge to consume 100 tons of ribs, while many of the world’s most celebrated and talented rib cookers compete for a cash purse in the thousands and the title of, “Best of the West,” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.

Eat to win

Watch professional eaters, including three-time defending champion Joey Chestnut, participate in the 4th Annual World Rib Eating Competition, planned for Sept. 2. Last year the legendary world No.1-ranked eater consumed 9.8 pounds of rib meat in 12 minutes to set a new world record.


This year’s entertainment lineup includes the Saddle Tramps, Hot Club of Cowtown, Restless Heart, The Fixx, Jonny Lang and the Iguanas, and many other bands over the six-day festival.

View more event information online.

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