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Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

The Ultimate Guide to the 30th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

 

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The 30th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3, 2018 on Victorian Square at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. The barbecue, music and craft festival is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission, parking and entertainment are free!

 

“We have 23 of the country’s best rib cookers at this year’s event and we’re excited to welcome three new cookers,” said Nugget Vice President of Marketing, Bobbie Beuchat. “This is one of the most prestigious BBQ competitions in the country and we’re looking forward to a great festival!”

 

A massive amount of pork ribs are served at the event with more than 240,000 pounds of ribs prepared for hungry crowds. The Cook-Off hosts a wide variety of activities at the event, including a carnival area with rides, a huge arts & crafts festival and top-notch entertainment, not to mention the best barbecue in the country. All the elements come together to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

 

Rib Cookers:

Twenty-three of the world’s most-decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event- goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $19,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume, competitive barbecue. 

 

In 2017, Chicago BBQ Company of Burr Ridge, IL, took home the title of “Best in the West.” Second place went to Uncle Bub’s barbecue team from Westmont, IL, and Aussom Aussie, from Pittsburgh, PA, won 3rd place. The 2017 People’s Choice Award was claimed by Back Forty Texas Barbecue House, Pleasant Hill, CA and Best Sauce also went to Uncle Bub’s.

  

The 23 rib cookers at the 30th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off are Aussom Aussie BBQ Company (Pittsburgh, PA by way of Sydney, Australia); Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ (Burr Ridge, Illinois); Back Forty Texas Barbecue (Pleasant Hill, CA); The Barbecue Company (Phoenix, AZ); BJ’s Barbecue (Sparks, NV); Blazin’ Bronco BBQ (Port St. Lucie, FL); 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 (Plymouth, MN and Reno, NV); Hole in the Wall BBQ (Eugene, OR); Joey’s Texas Thunder BBQ (Borger, TX); Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN); Montana Q Bar-B-Que (Frenchtown, Montana); Paleo Nick’s (Reno, NV); Porky Chicks BBQ (Fayetteville, AR); Porky ‘N Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL) Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. (Rochester, IN); Texas Outlaw Barbecue (Elizabethtown, KY) and Uncle Bub’s (Westmont, IL).

 

This year’s three new competitors are Blazin’ Bronco BBQ from Port St. Lucie, Florida; Paleo Nick’s from Reno, NV; Porky Chicks BBQ from Fayateville, AR.

 

 

Entertainment:

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

 

Main Stage Entertainment:

(Sponsored by ZYN Tobacco free nicotine pouches)

 

Wednesday, August 29th:

Colt Ford – 7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 30th:

Mark McGrath – 7:00 p.m. 

 

Friday, September 31st:

Joe Diffie – 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 1st:

10,000 Maniacs – 7:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 2nd:

Jana Kramer – 7:00 p.m.

 

Monday, September 3rd:

Blind Melon – 3:00 p.m.

 

Plaza Stage Entertainment:

(Sponsored by Floor & Décor)

 

Wednesday, August 29th:

Greg Golden Band – 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Buddy Emmer Band – 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 30th:

Musicole – 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

John Dawson Band – 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, September 31st:

Whiskey Preachers – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kingfinger – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Audio Sky – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 1st:

Rick Hammond Band – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Decoy – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Garage Boys – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 2nd:

Treedom Band – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Milton Merlos – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Jakes Garage Band – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Monday, September 3rd:

Delta Cat – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rib Cook-Off Awards Ceremony – 2:00 p.m.

 

Shuttle Service:

For quick, convenient access, there will be two free shuttles to and from the event.

204 EDISON WAY, RENO – Corner of Mill Street and Edison Way - SHUTTLE STOP
Shuttles supplied by All West Coachlines:

Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31:
• 1 shuttle 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• 2 more shuttles 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 3

Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 2:
• 3 shuttles 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 3

Monday, September 3: Event Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• 2 shuttles 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 2

RSCVA PARKING LOT C – Near Kietzke Lane and Peckham Lane - SHUTTLE STOP
Shuttles supplied by All West Coachlines:

Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31: Event Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• 1 shuttle 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• 1 more shuttle 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 2

Shuttles will take event goers to the RTC Centennial Plaza, near Victorian and 14th, just steps away from all the action!

Offsite Oversized Vehicle Parking is available during the Rib Cook-Off at the 204 Edison Way address above with shuttle service as noted.

Kids’ Area:

Children will delight in an array of rides and activities.  The kids’ area will be located with craft vendors on the corner of 14th Street & Victorian Avenue, and will include games and exciting rides for kids of all ages. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

 

People’s Choice Award Voting

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be held online! Attendees can vote for their favorite rib cookers by visiting the official Rib Cook Off website at www.nuggetribcookoff.com and then clicking on the “Vote Here” link. Voting begins on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:30 a.m. and ends on Sunday, September 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Participants may vote once per day, with a valid email address. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 3rd at 2:00 pm on the Plaza Stage.

 

Website/Social Media:

Get updates during the event!

Website: www.nuggetribcookoff.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuggetribs

Twitter: @nuggetribs

Instagram: @nuggetribs

Use the official hashtag #NuggetRibs.

 

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

Please note, event and information subject to change.

 

Thank you to our valued sponsors: City of Sparks, Floor & Décor, Morrey Distributing-Budweiser, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, ZYN Tobacco-Free Nicotine Pouches,

Labor Works, Cerveza Pacifico Clara, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Coca-Cola,

Clos Du Bois Wine, Ravage Wine, Go RVing, Scheels.

  

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 nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, multiple award-winning dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is owned by Marnell Gaming. For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter

 

Event Photos Available at:

https://nuggetcasinoresort.smugmug.com/Events/Rib-Cook-Off/

2017 Rib Cook-Off Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Caddie Dufurrena
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
775.764.8924
Caddie.Dufurrena@marnellgaming.com
 
The Chicago BBQ Company
Takes First Place at the 29th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – First place honors at the 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada went to the Chicago BBQ Company from Burr Ridge, IL. 22 of the country’s top competitive, large volume barbecue teams competed for the coveted first place prize at the event. This is the 29th year of the six-day event, heralded as the most prestigious and popular rib cooking competition in the nation.
 
This year’s first place winner, Chicago BBQ Company, is owned by Tom Ferguson, and is a BBQ expert. Tom had a vision of creating Chicago’s ultimate BBQ experience, after retiring from owning a chain of Italian restaurants in suburban Chicagoland. In 1985, Tom started competing in national Rib Cook-Offs.  Then in 1986, the Chicago BBQ Company won the title of The Best Ribs in the World at the Richmond World Invitational Rib Cook-Off and the awards started flowing in.  With over 300 national and local awards, Tom is still going strong.  He also has the bragging rights of winning over ten awards at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off.  
 
The top five winners for 2017 are:
First place: Chicago BBQ Company, Burr Ridge, IL $10,000
Second place: Uncle Bub’s, Westmont, IL: $5,000
Third place: Aussom Aussie, Pittsburg, PA: $2,000
Fourth Place: Carson City BBQ, Carson City, NV: $1,000
Fifth Place: Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, Burr Ridge, IL:  $500
Best Sauce: Uncle Bub’s, Westmont, IL: $500
People’s Choice: Back Forty Texas Barbecue, Pleasant Hill, CA: $500
 
While bragging rights, a trophy and the prize money are great benefits for the winners, they also generally see increased sales at the event the next year.
 
The 30th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3, 2018. For reservations, and event information call (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300.
 
For more information, visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.
 
Thank you to 2017’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off sponsors, including the City of Sparks, Floor & Décor, RSCVA, Home Depot, Modelo, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Budweiser and Morrey Distributing, Coca-Cola, Patron, Seaboard Foods, ITS Logistics, 103.7 The River, 106.9 More FM, KRNV News Channel 4, KRXI Fox 11, US Foods, Safeway, Wells Fargo, Model Dairy and K-BUL 98.1,
 
 
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, seven dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is owned by Marnell Gaming. For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter

Star Spangled Sparks Press Advisory

Press Advisory

The Nugget Casino Resort Announces Two Days of Star Spangled Sparks Celebrations!

What: Event Announcement

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM & Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Nugget Casino Resort – Victorian Square, Sparks, NV

Experience the “All New Nugget” during our July 1st - 4th Star Spangled Sparks Celebration! Enjoy our completely renovated Convention Center, Casino, Fitness Center, and Best New Rooms! Plus, we’re announcing two days of holiday festivities this year to celebrate all the fabulous new amenities at the Nugget!

  • Saturday, July 1st from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Enjoy an All-American Block Party & Fireworks Show featuring live musical entertainment, a variety of food vendors, craft booths, and a spectacular fireworks show. We will also offer the special experience of joining our VIP Fireworks Viewing Party from

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

  •  Tuesday, July 4th from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM   The Nugget will host its traditional Star Spangled Sparks Fireworks Spectacular. Enjoy live musical entertainment, food vendors, craft booths, along with the Fireworks Spectacular. The Patriotic Bike Parade is at 6:00 PM and the special VIP Fireworks Viewing Party will run again from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
  • VIP Fireworks Viewing Parties   There will be tickets available, starting Tuesday, May 23rd, for the VIP Fireworks Viewing Party, which runs from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM on both Saturday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 4th. Tickets are $50 per person. The party includes premium viewing in a special seating section located across the street from the Nugget, plus a barbeque-style picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, dessert and complimentary drinks. Visit: http://nuggetcasinoresort.tix.com for tickets.

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Other special events featured during the holiday festivities include:

  • Monday, July 3rd – $5,000 Red, White & Blue Slot Tournament   Club members have free entry and players earn additional entries with qualified same day slot play. No registration is required. Play anytime from noon until midnight.
  • Tuesday, July 4th Play and Earn Gift Promotion Day   Advantage Rewards Club Members earn 500 same day base slot points for free gifts from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. See the Rewards Center for details.

To stay current on Star Spangled Sparks announcements, follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nuggetstarspangledsparks/

For more information, please contact Caddie Dufurrena, Marketing & Communications Manager, at Caddie.Dufurrena@marnellgaming.com or 775.356.3352.

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, with nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, seven award-winning dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is a property of Marnell Gaming, also owners of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin, Nevada.

Nugget To Begin $25 Million Renovation

Nugget Casino Resort To Begin $25 Million Renovation

 Reno/Sparks, NV – The Nugget Casino Resort has officially announced the launch of more than $25 million in renovations to the iconic Sparks property, beginning in January, 2017.

 “We have already made significant property improvements over the last several months,” said Anthony Marnell III, owner of Marnell Gaming. “The next steps are major upgrades to the west tower hotel rooms and the entire 110,000 sq. ft. of convention space.”

The west hotel tower at the Nugget was opened in late 1996 and only minor changes have been made since that time. Marnell plans to completely remake nearly 800 rooms from floor-to-ceiling to provide contemporary luxury, comfort and upgraded amenities such as Keurig brand coffee makers in every room. The stylish new rooms will be highlighted by a “modern lodge” theme and decor.

The renovations to the west tower are scheduled to be completed by June 2017, with hotel room floors opening progressively as they are finished throughout the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2017. 

Concurrently with the west tower improvements, the main convention center on the second floor of the Nugget will be completely renovated in two phases. The first phase begins in mid-February, with completion anticipated by late March.  The second phase is scheduled to start in early May and be completed in late June. 

 The convention center improvements include all new carpet, wall treatments, paint, fixtures, lighting and electrical upgrades throughout the convention space complex as well as significant upgrades to the banquet kitchen facility and all food service equipment.   Approximately $2 million has already been invested in modern service-ware ranging from banquet equipment to food service stations.

“Completely remodeling the west tower rooms and convention center reflects our commitment to making the property a market leader, and this is just the beginning of the Nugget makeover--there will be much more to come toward the end of 2017 and into 2018,” said Marnell. “The people of Northern Nevada have always supported the Nugget and we intend to make this a property the community can be proud of now and for years to come.”

 

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, with nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is a property of Marnell Gaming, also owners of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin, NV.

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