Become a Rib Cooker

This year, in honor of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off’s 30th Anniversary, we will be selecting two new cookers to join the competition. If you are interested in becoming a cooker at the event and can meet the specified criteria, please submit your application no later than February 15, 2018.


Dates:   August 29 – September 3, 2018

Often referred to as the Super Bowl of Rib Competitions, the annual 6-day Labor Day weekend street festival spans more than 6 blocks in Sparks, Nevada’s Victorian Square district. The event features more than 20 BBQ Rib cooking teams, food & beverage vendors, crafters, VIP venue (seating more than 1500), beer garden, sponsor tents, non-stop entertainment with daily headliner concerts and much more.  Estimated number of attendees is 300,000-400,000 people each year.


  • Competition Entry Fee + purchase all rib product from Nugget preferred supplier
  • Minimum 2-years experience in the BBQ competition circuit
  • Cookers must provide outdoor booth set-up (40’x60’ Maximum) including, but not limited to:
    • Professional façade
    • Tents
    • Signage
    • Counters
    • Tables
    • Registers
    • Cooking equipment for fully operational kitchen (grills, smokers, warmers, refrigeration, counters, sinks, etc.)
  • Ability to staff, cook & serve a minimum of 10,000# of Ribs over 6 days (Ribs to be purchased only from Nugget preferred vendor)
  • Knowledge and compliance with all health & fire codes
  • Knowledge and compliance with the US Department of Taxation

APPLY BY MAIL OR EMAIL (No later than Feb 15, 2018):

Submit application with a letter and resume. Include detailed information about your team, references, photos and/or video of your booth and a diagram of your proposed set up.  Also, provide website and/or social media links. Tell us why you should be considered and what would make you a unique addition to this year’s event.

Nugget Casino Resort
Attn: Marketing Department
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV  89431


Nugget Casino resort reserves all rights including the right to refuse applications and/or modify all qualifications and requirements without notice.  Applicants will be reviewed and selected for participation exclusively by the Nugget Casino Resort Marketing and Management team.

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