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The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off announces new rib cooker

By ThisIsReno


Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the rib-cooking creations of this year’s new addition to The Best In the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sweet Baby Ray’s. The Chicago-based cooker is well-known for delicious, award-winning barbecue sauce.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Chef Larry says he perfected his family’s sauce recipe back in 1985, creating a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce that beat out more than 700 other sauces at a national cook-off.

After their success, they started selling the sauce door-to-door, at small mom-and-pop shops, eventually growing their business across the country. Now, they sell about 500,000 bottles a year!

The name, Sweet Baby Ray’s, comes from the nickname of Chef Larry’s younger brother, David, who got the nickname shooting hoops on Chicago’s West Side.

Sweet Baby Ray’s will compete against 23 of the nation’s top rib cookers, each vying for the highly coveted first place trophy, cash prizes, and the People’s Choice Award.

This year, The Nugget anticipates at least 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers will consume the more than 100 tons of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend.

The event runs from Wednesday, August 29th – Monday, September 3rd.

 John Ascuaga’s Nugget is one of the few family-owned casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination.

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