95 F

Ready or Not, It’s Time for Ribs


Ready or not, the 30th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off is almost here. Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and going through Monday, Sept. 3 it’s ribs and concerts all day long.

This year there will be three new outfits serving up ribs for a total of 23 mouth-watering rib cookers.

And the 2018 rib cookers are:

  1. Blazin’ Bronco BBQ (new)
  2. Paleo Nicks BBQ (new)
  3. Porky Chicks BBQ (new)
  4. Aussie Aussie BBQ
  5. Austin’s Texas Lighting BBQ
  6. Back Forty Texas BBQ
  7. BJ’s BBQ
  8. Bourbon Q
  9. Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ
  10. Carson City BBQ
  11. Checkered Pig BBQ
  12. Chicago BBQ Co. (2017 winner)
  13. Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.
  14. Famous Dave’s BBQ
  15. Hole In The Wall BBQ
  16. Joey’s Texas Thunder BBQ
  17. Just North Of Memphis BBQ
  18. Montana Q Bar-B-Que House
  19. Porky-N-Beans BBQ
  20. Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc.
  21. Texas Outlaw Barbecue
  22. The Barbecue Company Inc.
  23. Uncle Bub’s

To me, the best way to enjoy the rib cook-off is to get a seat in Rib Village. It’s all-you-can-eat ribs, all-you-can-drink beer and wine, plus ice cream, fruits, salads, and all the fixins. I have not had one rib since last year’s event I ate so many ribs in Rib Village.

rib-cook-off-20-200x300-6844926-1853324A table of 10 in Rib Village is $800 plus fees and a single seat is $100 plus fees. That may sound like a lot of money, but really it’s not if you think about it. There’s no standing in a long line at the cookers or paying $8 or more for three or four ribs. A hundred bucks gets you ribs from all 23 cookers plus all the extras. Really, it’s a no-brainer.

Rib Village hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. There’s a brunch each day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The Ribster Lunch is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Monday.

Besides all the ribs, there’s my favorite part of the whole thing: free concerts. This year there are some really great bands playing on two stages every day. The headliners play on the ZYN main stage from 7 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and they are:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29: Colt Ford
  • Thursday, Aug. 30: Mark McGrath
  • Friday, Aug. 31: Joe Diffie
  • Sat. Sept. 1: 10,000 Maniacs
  • Sunday, Sept. 2: Jana Cramer
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Blind Melon (3 to 5 p.m.)

Playing on the Floor & Decor Stage are:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29: Greg Golden Band (2 to 5 p.m.), Buddy Emmer Band (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Aug. 30: Musicole (2 to 5 p.m.), John Dawson Band (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, Aug. 31: Whiskey Preachers (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Kingfinger (2 to 5 p.m.), Audio Sky (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Sept. 1: Rick Hammond Band (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Decoy (2 to 5 p.m.), Garage Boys (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 2: Treedom Band (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Milton Mer;os (2 to 5 p.m.), Jake’s Garage Band (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Delta Cat (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Rib Cook Off Awards (2 p.m.)

This is the year’s most popular events and it’s hot, so expect a huge crowd every day. Take it easy and stay cool, but remember to eat lots of ribs while listening to great music. See you there! For more information and tickets visit: https://nuggetribcookoff.com/

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.




PHOTOS: It’s not just ribs at the annual Nugget Rib Cookoff

Cookers from as far away as Florida and New Jersey are in Sparks this week for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff, which continues through Monday, Sept. 5.