Awards & Prizes

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the entire world. For the cookers who compete, a win in ‘Best in the West’ comes with some serious bragging rights.

Ribs are judged by a panel of prestigious barbecue experts who examine the ribs for their appearance, taste and texture. Sauces are judged for their color, viscosity and taste.

Please note our prize pool increases! Plus, the People’s Choice Award winner will receive a $500 prize for the first time this year!

Winners are announced on Monday at 2 p.m.

Prize Money ($19,500 purse):
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,000
4th Place: $1,000
5th Place: $500
Best Sauce:  $500
People’s Choice: $500 (★NEW!★)

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