Congratulations to Desperado BBQ & Rib Company, 1st place winners of the 2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off! Click here to view the complete results of the 2014 competition.

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features top rib cookers from all over the country. This year's event will feature 23 cookers from all over the country. View the event map for each cookers' booth location on Victorian Square. Click on each cooker's name for more information:

Company State
Armadillo Willy's CA
Aussom Aussie PA
Back Forty Texas Barbecue CA
BJ's Barbeque NV
Bone Daddy's BBQ MI
Bourbon Q KY
Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ NJ
Carson City BBQ NV
Checkered Pig BBQ VA
Chicago BBQ Company IL
Desperado's BBQ & Rib Co. OH
Famous Dave's BBQ MN
Company State
Hole in the Wall BBQ OR
Joey's Texas Originals TX
Johnson's Bar-B-Que VA
Just North of Memphis BBQ MN
Kinder's Custom Meats Inc. CA
Porky 'N Beans BBQ FL
Rasta Joe's BBQ Inc. IN
Texas Outlaw Barbecue KY
The Barbecue Company Inc. AZ
Uncle Bub's IL
Yazoo‘s BBQ MS

logoArmadillo Willy's


Location: Los Altos, CA


About Us: Barbeque restaurant Armadillo Willy's is proud to present a menu with real Texas barbecue, including BBQ catering. This award-winning food is so tasty, you'll be back for more - we know it! Armadillo Willy's barbecue restaurant has mouth-watering real Texas barbecue offering BBQ catering and mouth-watering barbecue sauce.

History: Best Sauce 1989


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logoAussom Aussie


Location: Pittsburgh, PA


About Us: Australia's most accomplished BBQ chef with over 150 awards for best BBQ in the USA and Canada. Bringing traditional Australian "Barbie" to your backyard.

History: 3rd 2004, 2nd 2002, 1st 2001, 5th 2000


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logoBack Forty Texas Barbecue


Location: Pleasant Hill, CA


About Us: Jeff and his BACK FORTY BBQ Team travel regularly to compete in contests against the nation's finest barbeque operations.


History: People's Choice 2012, 1st 2011, People's Choice 1997, 5th 1996, Best Sauce 1996, 4th 1995, Best Sauce 1995, 4th 1992


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logoBJ's Barbeque


Location: Sparks, NV


About Us: Established nearly 20 years ago, BJ's Nevada Barbecue Company is family owned and operated and a locals favorite. We serve up delicious Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, chicken, shredded pork, Louisiana Hot Links, salads, wings and more!


History: 4th 2010, 2nd 2006, 5th 2005, 4th 2000, 1st 1998, 3rd 1994, Best Sauce 1992


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logoBone Daddy's BBQ


Location: Midland, MI


About Us: Once upon a time, in the deep woods of Colorado, a young man was hungry. He couldn't spare the time to drive the long road into the nearest town for a hot meal, so he set himself up with a grill and began grilling himself hot dogs, chicken and eventually ribs. Bone Daddy was born.


History: 3rd 2011, People's Choice 2011, 1st 2010, People's Choice 2010, 2nd 2009, People's Choice 2009, 1st 2008, 5th 2006, 3rd 2003, 1st 1999


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logoBourbon Q


Location: Westport, KY


About Us: Since buying our first mobile pit in 1984, Team BourbonQ has competed coast to coast in dozens of local and national cooking events winning numerous awards for our ribs and signature products. We bring a bit of The "Bleu-grass" with us; you will love our (often imitated, but never duplicated) Famous Blue Cheese Coleslaw. You can find our award winning sauces and rubs on the shelves in hundreds of retailers across North America and abroad.


History: 4th 2009, 5th 2008


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logoButch's Smack Your Lips BBQ


Location: Mt. Laurel, NJ


About Us: Pitmaster Butch Lupinetti knows sauces, rubs and ribs. He's one of a rare breed of "Rib Gypsies" who criss-cross the country, competing in Rib Cook-Offs. And in Butch's case, usually taking home a trophy. You might have met Butch and seen his impressive barbeque pit. Or you may have seen him on TV.


History: People's Choice 2008, People's Choice 2006, 1st 2005
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logoCarson City BBQ


Location: Carson City, NV


About Us: Nevada's most award winning barbeque company. Providing Onsite Catering in the Reno, Carson and Tahoe area and the best BBQ sauces and rubs on the planet!


History: Best Sauce 2009, Best Sauce 2004, People's Choice 2003


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logoCheckered Pig BBQ


Location: Martinsville, VA


About Us: Checkered Pig BBQ is a national competition cooking team based out of racing country Martinsville, Virginia. We travel all over the United States serving award winning ribs and our southern style menu, including Americas Leanest pork bbq.


History: 5th 2012, 4th 2007, 1st 2004


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logoChicago BBQ Company


Location: Burr Ridge, IL


About Us: Owner and barbeque expert Tom Ferguson opened Chicago BBQ Company in the spring of 1985, with a vision of creating Chicago's ultimate barbeque experience. Trained in the fine art of low and slow smoking at the age of ten years, Tom has spent his life creating the word's best barbeque. Tom brings his love and passion to every slab served.


History: People's Choice 2013, 1st 2012, 2nd 2011, 5th 2010, 2nd 2008, 2nd 2005, 3rd 1999, 3rd 1998, 4th 1996, 3rd 1991


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logoDesperado's BBQ & Rib Co.


Location: Hinckley, OH


About Us: Desperado's participates in 30 cookoff contests annually, and boasts 19 first place awards in 1997 alone.


History: 5th 2013, 1st 2009, 2nd 2007, 3rd 2005, People's Choice 2004, 3rd 1997


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logoFamous Dave's BBQ


Location: Minnetonka, MN


About Us: Famous Dave's does barbeque and we do it right, featuring our hickory-smoked barbequed meats and chicken. We sneak in a few salads and such, includin' tasty beans and corn muffins, and desserts you can't say "no" to.


History: 1st 2013, 3rd 2012, Best Sauce 2012, 4th 2008, 1st 2007, People's Choice 2007, 1st 2006, People's Choice 2005


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logoHole in the Wall BBQ


Location: Eugene, OR


About Us: : Hole in the Wall BBQ is from Oregon and they pride themselves in bringing great BBQ to the state. Catering all over the state, as well as running two restaurants and winning multiple regional and state championships, makes these cookers quite the Oregon champs.


History: Newcomer


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logoJoey's Texas Originals


Location: Borger, TX


About Us: Texas Thunder is an award winning BBQ team that travels the world to bring BBQ fans the best BBQ.


History: Best Sauce 2002, 1st 1997, 2nd 1995, 1st 1992, 4th 1991, 2nd 1989


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logoJohnson's Bar-B-Que


Location: Chesapeake, VA


About Us: "Where hogs carry donor cards."


History: Best Sauce 2010, 5th 2004, Best Sauce 2000, Best Sauce 1999

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logoKinder's Custom Meats Inc.


Location: Concord, CA


About Us: Over the years, the Kinder's have developed their own collection of award winning BBQ sauces, marinades, rubs and spices. The combination of Kinder's products with a passion to make every customer feel at home has made each location a thriving success.


History: 3rd 2013, 4th 2011, 2nd 2010, 3rd 2009, 5th 2007, Best Sauce 2007, 4th 2005, 2nd 2003, Best Sauce 2003, People's Choice 2002, People's Choice 2000


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logoPorky 'N Beans BBQ


Location: Port Saint Lucie, FL


About Us: PorkyNBeans has been a proud member of the National Award Winning Rib Cookers of America since 1983. We are national rib cook off contenders and travel between 10,000 and 15,000 miles a year competing in cities from St. Paul, Minnesota to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We have won numerous rib cook off titles such as the prestigious Golden Rib Award and Best Ribs in America.


History: 4th 2013, 4th 2012, 5th 2011, 5th 2009, Best Sauce 2006


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logoRasta Joe's BBQ Inc.


Location: Rochester, IN


About Us: Considered by many to be one of this country's top BBQ chefs, Rasta Joe continues to win National Rib Cook-Off competitions from Coast to Coast.


History: 3rd 2010, 2nd 2004, 5th 2002, 3rd 2000, 2nd 1998, 5th 1997, Best Sauce 1997, 3rd 1996


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logoTexas Outlaw Barbecue


Location: Elizabethtown, KY


History: 2nd 2013, 3rd 2008, 1st 2003, 1st 2002, 1st 2000, 2nd 1999, 2nd 1994

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logoThe Barbecue Company Inc.


Location: Phoenix, AZ


About Us: The Award Winning Barbecue Company has been doing business in the valley of the sun and throughout the southwest since 1987.


History: Best Sauce 2008, 4th 2001, 5th 1998, Best Sauce 1998, 2nd 1997, 1st 1995, 3rd 1993


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logoUncle Bub's


Location: Westmont, IL


About Us: Uncle Bub's BBQ puts a "best of BBQ regions" spin on their own unique award-winning recipes. Given their many competition awards, celebrity chef admirers and fiercely loyal fan base, it's no wonder that WGN-TV in Chicago has declared Uncle Bub's as one of Chicago's Best BBQ Joints. Whether you like the BBQ styles of Carolina, Texas, Kansas City or anywhere in between, you'll be in hog heaven with your first taste of "BUB LOVE"!!!


History: Best Sauce 2011


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logoJust North of Memphis

(Formerly Willingham's World Champion BBQ)


Location: Minneapolis, MN
About Us: Using quality meats, ingredients and our award winning technique, the company plans to develop long lasting relationships with the fans of our Original Memphis barbeque.

 
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logoYazoo's BBQ


Location: Horn Lake MS, Fayetteville NC and Atlanta GA

About Us: Melissa Cookston, under her competition team name of Yazoo’s BBQ, is a two-time Memphis in May Grand Champion has won the World Whole Hog Championship four times, something no one else has accomplished. The “Winningest-Woman in BBQ”, she is generally regarded as one of the best BBQ Cooks in the country. She owns Memphis Barbecue Company restaurants, with locations in Horn Lake MS, Fayetteville NC and Atlanta GA. She is the author of the cookbook “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”.


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