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The Ultimate Guide to the 27th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, September 2 through Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. This must-attend barbecue, music and craft festival is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission, parking and entertainment are free!

“The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the largest barbecue festival of its kind in the country,” said Nugget President & CEO Carlton Geer. “We’re proud to offer people the opportunity to experience the best barbecue in the world, right here in Sparks.”

More than 500,000 visitors and 240,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2014. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best barbecue in the country  - all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

Rib Cookers:

Twenty-four of the world’s most-decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume, competitive barbecue.  

In 2014, Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company from Hinckley, Ohio took home the title of “Best in the West.” Second place went to Bone Daddy’s BBQ from Midland, Michigan and Famous Dave’s competitive barbecue team from Minnetonka, Minnesota won 3rd place. The 2014 People’s Choice Award was given to Back Forty Texas Barbecue from Pleasant Hill, California.

Three new competitors will join this elite line-up of rib cookers, including Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ from Burr Ridge, Illinois, Montana Q Bar-B-Que House from Frenchtown, Montana and Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue from Mansfield, Ohio.

The 21 other rib cookers making their return to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off are Aussom Aussie BBQ Company (Pittsburgh, PA); Back Forty Texas Barbecue (Pleasant Hill, CA); The Barbecue Company (Phoenix, AZ); BJ’s Barbecue (Sparks, NV); Bone Daddy’s BBQ (Midland, MI); Bourbon Q (Westport, KY); Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ (Mt. Laurel, NJ); Carson City BBQ (Carson City, NV); Checkered Pig BBQ (Martinsville, VA); Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge, IL); Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company (Hinckley, OH); Famous Dave’s BBQ (Minnetonka, MN and Reno, NV); Hole in the Wall BBQ (Eugene, OR); Johnson’s Bar-B-Que (Chesapeake, VA); Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN); Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. (Concord, CA); Porky ‘N Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL) Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. (Rochester, IN); Texas Outlaw Barbecue (Elizabethtown, KY); Texas Thunder BBQ (Borger, TX); and Uncle Bub’s (Westmont, IL).


Nugget World Rib Eating Championship:

Wednesday, September 2 at 6 p.m. at the Main Stage

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 10th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Main Stage. The country’s best competitive eaters, including #1-ranked Matt “Megatoad” Stonie and #2-ranked Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will vie for $5,000 in prize money and the title of Nugget World Rib-Eating Champion. MLE conducts more than 90 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. Joey Chestnut won the championship in 2014 after eating 9.27 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest.

Entertainment:

The Nugget Casino Resort will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. All of the entertainment is provided free-of-charge.

Wednesday, September 2:

Floor & Décor West End Stage –

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Jeff Jones

2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Blue Haven

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Alias Smith

7 p.m. – MAIN STAGE: Mojo Green & Jelly Bread

Thursday, Sept. 3

Floor & Décor West End Stage –

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Tyler Stafford

2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Valentine Rodeo

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Buddy Emmer

7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Jamestown Revival

Friday, Sept. 4

Floor & Décor West End Stage –

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band

2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Jason King Band

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – John Dawson Band

7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Dishwalla

Saturday, Sept. 5

Floor & Décor West End Stage –

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Guitar Woody and the Boilers

2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Greg Golden Band

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Mark Sexton Band

7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: LOCASH

Sunday, Sept. 6


Floor & Décor West End Stage -

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Max Volume Band

2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Audio Sky

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – West Bay Rhythm

7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Foghat

Monday, Sept. 7

Floor & Décor West End Stage -

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Delta Cat

2:00 p.m.– Awards Ceremony

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Armer and the Hot Dogs

7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: ALO

Shuttle Service:

Daily shuttle service from the Outlets at Legends will run Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s, and the drop-off location is the RTC Centennial Plaza on Victorian Square.

New Beer Garden:

The Nugget Casino Resort is partnering with Budweiser to bring a brand new craft Beer Garden area to the rib cook-off. The Beer Garden will be located on Victorian Plaza, near the fountain. Craft beers have grown in popularity and attendees have been asking the Nugget to expand its selection at the event. Enjoy select craft beers that were specially selected to pair well with delicious barbecue.

Kids’ Area:

There will be a children’s area located on the west end of Victorian Plaza. Children will delight in an array of rides and activities. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

Mascot:

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off’s famous mascot, Mr. Ribster will return to the event this year. He will be walking around during the event and making a special appearance at the Ribster Lunch on Saturday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.NuggetRibCookOff.com.

The Official After-Party:

The cookers at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off close their booths at 9 p.m, but that doesn’t mean the party is over. Head inside the Nugget Casino Resort to Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-b-que for the Official After-Party. Gilley’s is offering prizes for the best mechanical-bull riders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights after 9 p.m.

Website/Social Media:

Get updates during the event!

Website: www.nuggetribcookoff.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuggetribs

Twitter: @nuggetribs

Instagram: @nuggetribs

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nuggetribs

YouTube: www.youtube.com/nuggetribs

Use the official hashtag #NuggetRibs.

For more information, visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.

Thank you to 2015’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off sponsors, including AT&T, Cabela’s, Floor & Décor, Fox 11, Amerigen Power Solutions, IGT, Kansas City Barbecue Society, KBUL Nash FM 98.1 and Cumulus, Kenwood Vineyards, KOZZ and Lotus Radio, More 106.9 FM and Reno Media Group, Model Dairy, Morrey Distributing and Budweiser, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Seaboard Farms, the City of Sparks, Swire Coca Cola and Wells Fargo.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Three New Competitors Announced for the 2015 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is proud to announce three new rib cookers participating in the 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. They’ll be competing with 21 other cookers for bragging rights, cash prizes and the chance to become the “Best in the West.”

“We love to mix it up with new cookers every year and give them the chance to compete against the best in the industry,” said Lisa Jansen, director of special events and entertainment. “It also gives people a chance to try new, regional barbecue flavors at the rib cook-off.”

Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ is from Burr Ridge, Illinois, and they’ve been on the road for 30 years, competing in cook-offs across the United States. Pitmaster Nikki Haggerty and her team have won numerous awards over the years, including awards at the Chicago Windy City Rib Fest and the Mankato Ribfest in Minnesota. This is their first time at Best in the West, but Haggerty has been to the cook-off for many years as part of her father’s competitive barbecue team, Chicago BBQ.

Montana Q Bar-B-Que House joins us from Frenchtown, Montana. Montana Q was founded in 2010 by Tom Moua and Mary Hang after years of backyard barbecuing for family and friends. They recently took home the “People’s Choice” award in this year’s Miles City Cowtown Cook-off.

Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue is based in Mansfield, Ohio, and was founded by Joe and Sheila Henderson. Over the past 14 years, they’ve received nearly a hundred awards at cook-offs across the Midwest and East Coast. In 2014, they won the “People’s Choice” award at the Celoron, New York Ribfest.

The 21 other cookers making their return to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off are Aussom Aussie BBQ Company (Pittsburgh, PA); Back Forty Texas Barbecue (Pleasant Hill, CA); The Barbecue Company (Phoenix, AZ); BJ’s Barbecue (Sparks, NV); Bone Daddy’s BBQ (Midland, MI); Bourbon Q (Westport, KY); Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ (Mt. Laurel, NJ); Carson City BBQ (Carson City, NV); Checkered Pig BBQ (Martinsville, VA); Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge, IL); Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company (Hinckley, OH); Famous Dave’s BBQ (Minnetonka, MN and Reno, NV); Hole in the Wall BBQ (Eugene, OR); Johnson’s Bar-B-Que (Chesapeake, VA); Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN); Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. (Concord, CA); Porky ‘N Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL) Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. (Rochester, IN); Texas Outlaw Barbecue (Elizabethtown, KY); Texas Thunder BBQ (Borger, TX); and Uncle Bub’s (Westmont, IL).

The 2015 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from September 2 – 7. The six-day event attracts more than 500,000 people as 24 of the world’s best cookers serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs.

For more information please visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

New Logo, Ribster Lunch Planned for the 2015 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is just weeks away and the Nugget Casino Resort is debuting a brand new logo for 2015. The Nugget has redesigned the event’s logo each year since the event started.

“The community is always excited when we announce the new design,” said Lisa Jansen, director of special events and entertainment. “It’s fun for us to reinvent our logo each year!”

This year’s logo features a country-western themed pig. The pig, dressed in a cowboy hat and boots, is leaning up against a barrel of top-secret barbecue sauce.

Also new in 2015, the Nugget is adding a special VIP Rib Village Lunch, called Ribster Lunch, on Saturday, September 5.

“We have an overwhelming demand for tables in Rib Village, especially on Saturday night, which is sold out this year,” said Jansen. “Adding the Ribster Lunch on Saturday allows even more people to have the same VIP Rib Village experience with all-you-can-eat ribs and all-you-can-responsibly-drink beverages.”

The only difference – it’s during the day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is less, too, at just $75 per person or $700 per table of 10. The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off’s mascot, Mr. Ribster, will also be making an appearance at the lunch for photo opportunities.

The 2015 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from September 2 – 7. The six-day event attracts more than 500,000 people as 24 of the world’s best cookers serve up more than 241,000 pounds of ribs.

For more information please visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hot August Nights Events & Entertainment at Nugget Casino Resort

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is honored to be a host property for the 2015 Hot August Nights event. Event attendees and classic car enthusiasts alike will enjoy the variety of events and entertainment offered at the Nugget this year.

Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Races & Burnouts:

The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Races & Burnouts will return to the Nugget Casino Resort. The always-popular event combines the smell of burning rubber and gasoline, paired with classic eye candy and high-adrenaline levels caused by risky racing to draw some of the best competitors in the country.

The event will take place at “Nugget Speedway,” a special drag racing track that is about one-sixteenth of a mile long in the Nugget’s West Parking Lot. Drag races and burnouts are held Wednesday, August 5, through Saturday, August 8, during Hot August Nights from 6 p.m. until midnight.

The cost to attend is $10 for general admission and free for children 6 and under and Hot August Nights registrants.

To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1976 and older cars, pickup size trucks, and emergency vehicles. The cost to race is free for Hot August Nights participants and $75 for non-registrants, per day. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitrous oxide or racing fuels allowed.

Nightly prizes will be awarded with grand prizes awarded on Saturday night of $250 plus free entry to Hot August Nights 2016.

Ultimate Car Competition and Cruise Down Victorian Avenue:

Sit back and relax as you watch the impressive line-up of classic cars make their way down Victorian Avenue during the event. The Nugget Casino Resort holds an Ultimate Classic Car Competition, Wednesday through Saturday during Hot August Nights. With nightly awards, this event is sure to be fun for everyone!

Free Concerts:

Watching the cars of yesteryear just wouldn’t be right without the perfect, era-appropriate soundtrack. Enjoy free, nightly concerts on Victorian Plaza during the event at 8:15 p.m., including Ronny & the Classics, Paperback Writer the Beatles Experience, Lil’ Elmo and the Cosmos, Hotel California, Sonny Turner’s Platters and more.

More Music:

The Nugget brings you even more music each night in the Celebrity Showroom.

Solid Gold Soul – ‘60s The Magic of Motown

Tuesday, August 4 & Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $39

Description: See America's top impersonators! They look and sound just like the originals.  Solid Gold Soul is a tribute to the ‘60s soul music of Motown, including the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and many more.

Dream Dream Dream - Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined

Thursday, August 6 – Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25

Description:  What if one of the most famous male duos of the ‘50s and ‘60s performed alongside one of the most iconic voices of all time? The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison crossed paths more than a few times in their prolific careers, but not much is documented. “Dream, Dream, Dream - Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined” combines this unique vision for an unforgettable night of career-spanning hits.

‘50s Costume Contest:

All dressed up and no place to go when the classic car cruise ends? Come show us your outfit, and you could win $100. Each night during Hot August Nights, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-b-que at the Nugget will host a ‘50s Costume Contest after the cruise.

Fifties Fever $5,000 Slot Tournament:

Guests who participate in the car show can earn one free entry into the Fifties Fever $5,000 Slot Tournament at the Nugget. The event takes place from August 5 – 8, 2015 from 2 – 7 p.m. each afternoon. There will be a daily $1,250 prize pool and the top 25 scores win each day. Nugget Advantage Rewards Club membership is required.

For more information, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com and HotAugustNights.net.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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