5th Annual Rib-a-Que Smoke Out, Saturday Sept 22nd, to Transform Wicker Park into BBQ Mayhem
The culinary gauntlet will be thrown down for a 5th A year at the Rib-a-Que Smoke-Out, Saturday, September 22nd from noon to 6 pm outside Moonshine Brewing Company (1824 W Division) in the heart of Wicker Park. The Rib-a-Que is where many of Chicago’s favorite restaurants compete with amateurs for the title of “Smoke-out Champion” and the coveted Gilded Grill trophy.
The Rib-a-Que pits BBQ rib aficionados against each other. One ticket samples all the contestants. This year’s event figures to feature 1.5 metric tons of ribs, 1,000 hungry rib lovers and at least 16 fierce competitors! With lots of Moonshine’s renowned hand-crafted beers, brewed fresh on-site in the brewery, the Rib-a-Que is the perfect way to button-up summertime activities in Chicago.
It’s culinary school vs. momma’s family recipe, white table cloth vs. plastic, fine china vs. paper plates…and baby back ribs are the muse. Competing chefs will set up shop in the spacious Moonshine parking lot to showcase their barbeque skills. Each will feature their own take on BBQ baby back ribs, plus one side dish. Discriminating foodies will taste several unique and savory rib recipes and help determine the overall winner.
The contestants vying for the Gilded Grill this year are:
Joe’s on Weed Street
Banh Mi & Co.
Sweet Smoke Chicago
Sweet Ginny’s BBQ
plus more TBD . . . .
The public will cast their vote, along with a line-up of celebrity judges:
Jason Paskewitz – Gemini Bistro and Rustic House chef
Matt Wilde – Chef www.blackbullchicago.com
Alberto Gonzalez – owner/operator www.90milescubancafe.com/
Audarshia Townsend - www.312DiningDiva.com
Lisa Pugliese www.twitter.com/
Winners will be selected again for both popular vote and judges vote. 1st place in each category (popular and judges) gets $700 and bragging rights to the Gilded Grill trophy! Runner ups in each category get $350.
Tickets are $25 in advance through ticketweb.com or at Moonshine, or $35 at the door. This event is “Rain or (Moon)Shine!!
Prospective contestant’s please email firstname.lastname@example.org