CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR RIB AND LOUNGE WINNERS!
For 2018, the People have spoken and the “People’s Choice” for best ribs are:
3rd Place: Blackwood BBQ
2nd Place: Real Urban Barbecue
1st Place: Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ
Our Celebrity Judges decision for which vendor had the “Best Ribs” are:
3rd Place: BBQ King Smoke House
2nd Place: Tied- Austin’s Texas Lighting and Wrigley BBQ
1st Place: Chicago BBQ Company
And for “Best Lounge” in 2018, the winners are:
3rd. Place: Kings Lounge, BBQ King Smokehouse
2nd Place: BBQ Supply House, BBQ Supply Co.
1st Place: Wrigley BBQ Pitmaster’s Hideaway, Wrigley BBQ
Congrats to all our winners! Thank you to all our amazing rib vendors, and to everyone who voted. See you next year for more ribs, rock & roll and fun.
OTHER TASTY BITES
Pulled Pork, Boneless Rib Sandwich, Funnel Cake
Funnel Cake, Italian Sausage, Corndogs
Black Cows, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Fried Candy Bars
Pina Colada, Horchata Frappe, Mango Chiller
BBQ Turkey Legs, BBQ Skewer, Country Steak
“PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD FOR BEST RIBS
Ribfest Chicago invites you to decide who will win the “People’s Choice” award at the close of the weekend. With 13 restaurants competing for the title, we thought you should know the basics of the “rib crawl” so you can try them all and cast your ballot.
Let the tasting begin! Rib vendors are offering 3-bone “Samplers” for 8 tickets ($8) allowing fest visitors the opportunity to taste the BBQ from each restaurant. Ballots should be turned in by 6 PM on Sunday, June 10, at the Northcenter Chamber booth across from CVS on the west side of Lincoln Ave.
MEET OUR CELEBRITY JUDGES FOR THE “JURIED” AWARD FOR BEST RIBS
Janet Davies, ABC 7: Once again, Janet Davies has graciously stepped up to serve as our guest emcee to introduce our Celebrity Judges as well as provide color commentary on the proceedings. We were honored to have Janet as a Celebrity Judge in 2015 and are thrilled to have her return for a third year as our emcee.
Brendan Greeley, WLS-AM: Brendan is a longtime Steve Dahl protégé, working in radio as a producer, news writer, editor and on-air personality. Brendan enjoys cheering on his beloved Bulls and seeking out the best turkey sandwiches the city has to offer.
Maxwell Jenkins: An American actor who has appeared on numerous TV shows, Maxwell plays Will Robinson in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space. He is the son of Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg, co-founders of Chicago’s Midnight Circus.
Ivan “Jurko” Jurkovic: Jurko played professional football for 10 years as a defensive tackle and now is a sports talk host on ESPN AM 1000, where the “Carmen & Jurko” show has been voted one the Top 20 midday shows in America.
Lauren O’Neil, 101WKQX: Lauren worked in a variety of markets including Philly, OK City, and The NOLA before finally settling down in Chicago. Lauren enjoys hanging out at farmers’ markets and considers herself to be a huge foodie.
Howard Sudberry, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communication, Arlington Park: Howard’s extensive broadcasting career began in Peoria, IL and culminated at CBS 2 in Chicago where he served as a sports reporter for 25 years. He joined Arlington Park in 2011. Howard has three local Emmy Awards, a Peter Lisagor Award and an Eclipse Award, the highest honor in the thoroughbred horse racing industry.
Rochelle Trotter, Chicago-area Health and Wellness Expert: Rochelle is a fitness focused foodie who traded in her hospitality business to create a life focused on health. As a Certified Health Coach, she now creates wellness programs to help women successfully attain their health goals using food as medicine—creating beauty from the inside out!