Rip’s Ribs Cook-Off Winners and Photos

The following are the winners for Rip’s Ribs Cook Off:

1st Place Wesley Jones, Hot Spot BBQ from Lubbock, TX with
2nd Place David Lefler, Squeels on Wheels from Bardwell, TX
3rd Place Devin Vest, Triple V BBQ from Stephenville, TX
4th Place Ricky McDaniel, Bucks Q & Catering from Coleman, TX
5th Place Ryan Powell, Bill B Que Catering & Vending from Early, TX
Wild Card Winner Wendi Busby, The Oneders from Eastland, TX with a Strawberry Dump Cake.

It was a great sunny, windy, smoke-filled day on the Square this past Saturday. We had many vendors, and tons of cooks working hard to prepare their ribs. The First Christian Church kindly donated their annex building for the Rib Judging. The judges indulged on 40 ribs each and a difficult time picking their favorites from the batch. Each rib had a unique flavor. Who knew you could cook ribs 40 different ways? The smell coming from the building was absolutely delightful. If you weren’t hungry before, then you were after stepping in the door.

The Wild Card Challenge was an exciting new addition to the competition. It was a tough round with a variety of items turned in. All of the top scoring items were the desserts, with the ultimate winner being a nice warm strawberry dump cake. All of the judges were tempted to finish it off if they weren’t already full.

We want to thank all of the Sponsors, without you these events are not possible.
Platinum: KATX, Texas Bank, Vulcan Materials
Gold: J&J Air Conditioning, EBAA Iron, KRP Insurance, Kelly Sikes
Silver: Edward Jones, Kennedy Financial Services, Great Times Furniture, Gary D. Peak, Sadosa Ridge Apartments
Bronze: Oncor Electric, Donald Cate CPA, Security Title Company, Summit Staffing.

It was an extremely successful day! We appreciate each and every one of our volunteers that helped from setting up to clean up. The Chamber is looking forward to next year’s Cook-Off!