Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

30 Aug 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks

Bring an appetite; the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is America's biggest and best free-entry barbecue festival, located just outside Reno.

  • When? 30th August - 4th September 2017
  • Where? Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks
  • Price: Free

Messier than Russell Brand's haircut, they might not be the ideal first date food but we can't help but love a meaty rack of ribs. And luckily for those who are in agreement and heading for Reno at the beginning of September, there's a festival dedicated to one of our favourite American staples - the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. And let's face it, they've given it a beasty name to match. 

This epic barbecue festival is free to attend and organisers claim it to be the largest of its kind in the country. Held at Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks just outside Reno, barbecue competitors come from afar to compete and serve their fair share of the 240,000 pounds of ribs at Victorian Square. Judges will taste each competitor's food before awarding almost $15,000 in prize money to the winner, so it's no surprise that some travel from outside of America to take part.  

We recommend you go hungry beforehand; some of these delicious racks are some of the biggest you're likely to come across. And to add to the grub, there will be a beer garden, various stalls selling souvenirs and a fantastic selection of live music. One of the biggest events of the festival is the Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship where the world's best 'eaters' compete for an impressive prize fund.

If you happen to be attending the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off with a date, we're afraid you'll have to risk the romance and get stuck in. This is one food festival you can't miss out on.

  • Get there: Fly to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the event is a 10 minute drive away in Sparks.
  • Stay: Visitors should either stay in Sparks or Reno, both are nearby.

Visit the Nugget Rib Cook Off website for more information.


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