The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the biggest barbecue festival in the country! The long-running and highly popular barbecue event has been featured in numerous national and international shows and publications, including TMZ, The Travel Channel, The Today Show and USA Today. Don’t take our word for it, check out the reviews and news coverage below.

Featured Coverage:

Reno News & Review
Best of Northern Nevada – 2022 Best Special Event in Downtown Sparks

Best Festivals Recognition
January 27, 2020 | By MSN

Best in Nevada 2017

Nevada Magazine names Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off the
2017 Best Food Festival in Northern Nevada!

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off 2016 Winners featured on YouTube!

All Media:
Travel Channel: Ribs Paradise
By Erica Walsh

The Today Show: Today’s Top Spot
September 1, 2013

Smarter Travel: Foods You Must Have in the Summer
August 15, 2013 | By Christine Sarkis 10 Summer Food Festivals Worth the Pit Stop
June 10, 2013 | By Salon Staff

Sacramento Bee: Escapes: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Gets Smokin’
August 31 2015 | Allen Pierleoni

MSNBC: The List: Delicious Food Festivals
June 12, 2013 | By MSNBC Staff

Bloomberg: Summer Festivals From Spam to Lebowski
May 23, 2012 | By Bloomberg Rankings

TUMS: The #TUMSworthy Tour Visits Reno
Oct. 27, 2015 | TUMS

SF Gate: 101 Tons of Ribs Vanish
September 7, 2012 | By Spud Hilton

SF Gate: Burning Question: Man vs. Meat?
August 30, 2012 | By Spud Hilton

NY Daily News: Barbecue cook-offs serve up heaping portions of fun
October 20, 2009 | By David Latt

New York Times: Barbecue’s Main Events
August 17, 2007 | By Austin Considine

San Francisco Examiner: Where’s the beef? At the Nugget Rib Cook-Off
August 2000 | By Staff


“RIBS.  Wish it was all day, everyday!” – Connie C. from Sacramento, CA

“There’s a reason everyone loves this event and looks forward to it every year: mounds of delicious ribs.  You can get nearly every version of this mouthwatering treat each summer at the rib cook-off held in downtown Sparks.” – Amanda M. from Reno, NV

“I’ve been a fan of this rib cook-off for years and is one of my favorite festivals for the long Labor Day weekend.”  – Janelle S. from  Gilroy, CA

“This was a great experience that I’ll never forget!” – Jessica G. from Reno, NV

“This event is preceding and culminating over Labor weekend and is one of the best barbecue gatherings on the West Coast.  There are around thirty different competitors and barbecue restaurants, which means a great opportunity to sample or eat at so many different restaurants all in one place.” – Jason G. from Ventura, CA

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