As rib cookers from all over the world compete for top honors at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off, a carefully selected panel of judges will work behind-the-scenes to determine who makes the best ribs!

It’s not just bragging rights they’re competing for – $19,500 in cash is up for grabs for the cookers who impress the judges. As always, the judges are not permitted to sample any ribs from the cookers before the judging takes place on Sunday, September 3, 2023. The judging is double-blind, meaning neither the judges, nor the staff setting up the judging know which ribs belong to which cooker.

The judges will eat the same ribs served to customers during the cook-off. The winners will be announced at 2pm at the West End Plaza Event Stage on Monday, September 4, 2023.

This year’s judges are a mix of top culinary professionals, food critics and media personalities who share a passion for delicious BBQ.