“People’s Choice” and “Best Ribs” winners announced tonight.
After a full weekend of beautiful weather, record-breaking crowds, and some mighty fine ribs, the people voted and . . .
For the “People’s Choice,” Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro comes in first again. Q BBQ Lakeview was a close second while Real Urban BBQ and Uncle Bub’s BBQ tied for third.
Our celebrity judges had a different opinion. They chose Uncle Bub’s BBQ for the second year in a row as the “Best Ribs,” and placed BBQ King Smokehouse second and Real Urban Barbecue third.
Thanks to all our participating restaurants. We look forward to 2015!
Ribfest Chicago turns a “Sweet & Smoky” 16 and we have lined up 16 restaurants offering lip-smacking good ribs for your first kiss of summer goodness. All rib vendors will be offering a 2-bone sampler, so come hungry! Don’t forget to cast your vote for the coveted “People’s Choice” Award for the restaurant with best ribs. See all the details below. And check out the list of celebrity judges who will declare one restaurant as the winner of the “Best Ribs” Award.
Ribs, Pretzel BOMB, BBQ Nachos
Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Iced Tea
Beef Short Ribs, Lake Trout Sandwich, BBQ Poutine
Ribs, Hot Dogs, Burgers
Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage
Ribs, Pulled Lamb Sandwich, Guinness Ice Cream
Smoked Ribs, Chopped Brisket, Burnt Ends
Ribs, Tri-Tip Sandwich, BBQ Nachos
Ribs, Corn-on-the-Cob, Jambalaya
Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Ribs, Pulled Pork Slider, Hot Links
Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket
Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork Sliders, Jalapeno Pepper “Firecrackers”
Ribs, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich
Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket
Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken Sandwich
And more . . .
Bacon Sausage, Maple Bacon Sausage Corn Dog, Bacon Sausage Mac ‘n Cheese
Beer Cheese Fries, Pulled Pork Nachos, Bourbon Caramel Apple Donut Holes
Funnel Cake, Hand-dipped Corndog, Cheeseburger with Curly Fries
Chocolate Covered Bacon, Root Beer Black Cows, Walking Tacos
Made to Order Dinky Donuts: hot and fresh with various sugar toppings/seasonings, Coffee
Pina Colada Acapulco Style, Fresh Pineapple Lemonade Water
Fried Green Tomatoes, Funnel Cake, Maxwell St. Pork Chop Sandwich
Grilled Chicken or Orange Chicken with Vegetable Rice, Corn Dogs, Chicken Tenders with Fries
Fried Octopus Tacos, Spicy BBQ Pig Wings, Fried Brownie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Mac ‘n Cheese with Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mini Hamburgers, Chipotle BBQ Wings
BBQ Pork Carnita Sandwich, Chimichuri Steak Tacos, Shrimp Avocado Tostadas
Turkey Rib Tips, Turkey Pops, Veggie Kabobs
Stuffed Burgers: Blue Cheese, Bacon/Cheddar/Jalapeno, Feta/Olive/Spinach
BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Boneless Rib Sandwich, Ice Cream-20 Flavors
“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 16 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.
Upon arriving, be sure to pick up your ballot to vote for Northcenter’s Best Ribs at the entrance. Then, let the tasting begin! Rib vendors are offering 2-bone “Samplers” for $6 allowing fest visitors the opportunity to taste the BBQ from each restaurant. Ballots should be turned in by 6 PM on Sunday, June 8, at the Northcenter Chamber booth across from CVS on the west side of Lincoln Ave.
CELEBRITY JUDGING FOR “BEST RIBS”
Judging will take place on Sunday, June 8, 5:30 PM at the Bud Light Stage (Lincoln @ Irving Park). Meet the judges putting our 16 rib restaurants to the test:
TED BRUNSON: (“Brunson’s Best” and “Good in the Hood”) Ted Brunson has been in the Chicago media for 20 years. Over the last five years, he has been immersed in the restaurant scene throughout Chicagoland. Brunson hosted and produced “Chicago’s Best” on WGN-TV for four years and received two Emmy awards for his efforts. He continues to feature Chicago gems with his internet series, “Brunson’s Best” and contributes for various media outlets including network affiliates and DNAinfo.com.
Ted also has signed on as a spokesperson for food products and continues to be one of Chicago’s biggest advocates for local establishments.
JOANNA DUNN: (“Dunn 2 Perfection”) Chef Joanna Dunn began her career in her early 20’s. Originally from Detriot Michigan, her experiences have enabled her to take her career to new heights—while traveling the world. She attributes her success to her strong community upbringing.
Chef Dunn attended the culinary trade program—Prostart. Shortly after graduating her career took off and has blessed her with many opportunities, including: A role on “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX, the ability to instruct classes for Publix Cooking School and a position as Kitchen Manager with the Department of US Education. More recently Chef Dunn has been featured on “American Grilled”, a show that will be debuting in July 2014.
CHARLIE MCKENNA: (Lillie’s Q Restaurants) When he opened Lillie’s Q in 2010, Chef Charlie McKenna brought award-winning competition BBQ and timeless Southern cooking to the city of big shoulders. McKenna and Lillie’s Q have garnered critical praise and awards from both local Chicago and national media—including being named “Best New BBQ Restaurant in the Country” by Food & Wine magazine in 2011.
McKenna’s Lillie’s Q Sauces & Rubs can be found at Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and at a number of other retailers. Every few months he creates a limited edition bourbon-barrel aged sauce that takes BBQ to a whole new level.
FRANK SENNETT: (Crain’s Chicago Business) Frank Sennett is Digital Director for Crain’s Chicago Business; a Chicago journalist and author whose most recent book is Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever (St. Martin’s Press), named one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2012 by Booklist.