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Rib Cook-Off cuts to the Bone (Daddy’s)
by Jessica Garcia
Sep 06, 2010 | 3315 views | 4 4 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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After winning the Best Ribs award, Bill Wall and Stephen Ascuaga celebrate during Monday afternoon's award ceremony. Wall's company Bone Daddy's is always a contender at the event.
Tribune/Dan McGee After winning the Best Ribs award, Bill Wall and Stephen Ascuaga celebrate during Monday afternoon's award ceremony. Wall's company Bone Daddy's is always a contender at the event.
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After Johnson's BBQ earned the Best Sauce award, owner Dan Johnson and Stephen Ascuaga share a light hearted moment on stage during the trophy presentation.
Tribune/Dan McGee After Johnson's BBQ earned the Best Sauce award, owner Dan Johnson and Stephen Ascuaga share a light hearted moment on stage during the trophy presentation.
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For only the second time in the Best of the West Rib Cook Off one cooker won both the People's Choice award as well as the Best Ribs trophy and money. This year it was Bone Daddy's and here he celebrates with his crew at Monday's awards ceremony as they show off both trophies.
Tribune/Dan McGee For only the second time in the Best of the West Rib Cook Off one cooker won both the People's Choice award as well as the Best Ribs trophy and money. This year it was Bone Daddy's and here he celebrates with his crew at Monday's awards ceremony as they show off both trophies.
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SPARKS — Bill Wall of Bone Daddy’s BBQ was basted in sweat Monday, the product of his efforts over the past five days to satisfy the public’s hunger for sweet, tender ribs.

Wall basked in his company’s triumph Monday of winning first place and the People’s Choice award at John Ascuaga’s Nugget’s 22nd annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. It was the second time in four years one rib vendor won both prizes.

Wall attributed his success to “the way the event has been built up.”

The second-generation cooker said he had never seen more people visit his booth than this year and he hardly was able to leave because he and his crew stayed so busy.

Wall took home the title of this year’s best cooker and a handsome $7,500 cash prize, which Wall said he would like to put to good use by investing in more equipment to more quickly quell the public’s increasing appetite.

“Some folks waited in line for more than an hour,” he said. “I know it’s going to be like that, but for me, I don’t think that’s right. I want to get them in so they can enjoy the rest of the event.”

The People’s Choice Award, determined by a vote of the public, came down to three restaurants, said Michonne Ascuaga, CEO and daughter of the hotel casino’s namesake.

“We had to count several times just to be sure because it was so close,” she said.

Bone Daddy’s competed against Willingham’s and Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ for what COO Stephen Ascuaga said could be considered the higher honor.

Stephen said about 5,000 participated in the vote for People’s Choice this year.

Nugget spokesman Mike Traum said it’s pretty rare for both judges and the public to agree on one cooker above all 24.

“It’s pretty extraordinary to win (overall and People’s Choice) when most cookers are super busy putting out a product,” Traum said.

Other winners of the contest included Kinder’s Custom Meats, Rasta Joe’s BBQ, BJ’s Barbecue and Chicago BBQ Co.

Official judges selected the winners according to a double-blind testing method and sampled from the same ribs that were served to the public.

Though official numbers will come in the next week or so, Stephen said the Nugget staff expected a bigger turnout this year.

“It was excellent, a great, great event as always,” he said. “It’s considered to be the premiere event in the (United States) and the cookers say they’ve had just amazing support from the community. It’s a great wrap-up to the whole summer.”

For one happy couple, the cook-off is especially meaningful. Every year they mark the anniversary of having met just outside the Nugget during the cook-off in 1996.

Paul Uzarski of Reno said he got lucky when he met Chantell Brand of Sparks. Uzarski said they were working together but Brand didn’t know he was interested in her.

“I asked her if she wanted to get me a beer at the Nugget,” he said.

“But then I asked him if he wanted to buy me a beer,” Brand said with a smile. “I think he saw the color of my hair and the way it glimmered in the sun.”

She said Sparks offers a friendly atmosphere for people from all walks of life.

“I just like that (the cook-off) is a great social gathering,” she said. “I love running into people. It’s like they know you.”
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TimMartin
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September 07, 2010
The rib cookoff sucks

I agree with the person who wrote

The Great RIB RIPOFF

Way overpriced.

No meat only a little fat and gristle on the ribs. Oh boy

John Assquaga make boatloads of money ripping people off.

Most people do not know but all of the rib venders have to use Assquagas ribs.

John runs and owns the City of Sparks and all of thier so called offiials

I also hate the John Assquaga Memorial Twin Tower Tribute that John has disguised as the 4th of July.

Please lets move the 4th of July celebration back to a Park and get away from worshipping Johns Twin Towers and John himself and get away from all of that hot asphalt and move back to a Park were we can sit on the grass.

James Demestihas
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September 07, 2010
By far the best! Lots of meat on the ribs.

Dinner for two was only $25 too
TheRibRIPOFF
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September 06, 2010
The Rib RIPOFF is a joke

It is also EXTREMELY overpriced

I quit going years ago when the 3 dollar rib had less than one bite of meat on it

I am not kidding several times I have gone and I get about 1/2 of a bite of meat or less on each rib.

I am done with ASSQUAGAS extremely overpriced CRAP.

No Rib RIPOFF for me.
harkonan
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September 06, 2010
This "competition" was obviously fixed. Desperado's ribs were BY FAR the best ribs I had at the cook-off.
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