Calling All Rib Lovers! Named "Best BBQ Festival" by USA Today Top10 Readers' Choice 2016!
The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is a six-day event each summer in Sparks, Nevada, that boasts the title of America's largest free rib festival. The cook-off features live music, crafts and a rib eating championship, but most importantly, lots and lots of delicious ribs brought to the 500,000 attendees by 24 cookers from around the world. It's fun for the whole family, but mainly it's fun for your taste buds.

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is America's biggest and best free-entry barbecue festival!

Come out and enjoy the country's best grilling competition, located at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, just outside of Reno. Two dozen of the world's top barbecue competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers on Victorian Square. Admission, parking, shuttles and entertainment are always free!


Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff
Sparks Victorian Square
August 30, 2017 -September 4, 2017
Hosted by the Nugget Casino Resort, the annual event transforms the Labor Day holiday into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair. Enjoy ribs from the best cookers from across the world!


Event Hours & Food Booths
* Wednesday-Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm
* Monday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Food and concessions will be available during event hours only. The Kids' Area is open every day. Pets and non-service animals are not permitted per local regulations.

Rib Village (VIP eating area, tickets required)
* Wednesday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
* Monday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Rib Village is a VIP area within the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off where you can get UNLIMITED ribs and drinks for up to 10 people. Tables will be available for purchase.


Nugget World Rib Eating Championship
* Wednesday: 6:00pm at the Main Stage

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship. The country's best competitive eaters will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion. It's estimated the top competitors will consume eight or more pounds of meat during the 12-minute competition.

Entertainment Schedule
More than 20 bands will play on multiple stages during the six-day event. The headliner acts perform on the Main Stage each evening and are free to the public. The entertainment schedule will be announced in late July 2017.
FREE Event Shuttles
The best way to get to the event is by using the FREE shuttle service! Check back in early August for shuttle information. Valet parking at the Nugget will only be available for Nugget hotel guests and street parking in/around Victorian Square will be in extremely short supply.

2017 Event Dates:
Wednesday, August 30 - Monday, September 4, 2017
Contact: Nugget Casino Resort
E-Mail: ribcookoff@nuggetresort.com
Phone: 800-843-2427
Location - Sparks Victorian Square
Kelly Richmond 
775-219-6413