Slideshow: Photos of Sparks, Nevada Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Racking Up Ribs at Nevada's Best in the West Cook-Off

Slideshow: Photos of Sparks, Nevada Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

How much do I love ribs? I'd say that I was probably born with one in my hand, that's how much I love them — and grilling up a distinctive ginger-infused batch of my own recently only heightened my desire to indulge more.

I've always had the itch to go to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, NV. With more than 500,000 visitors and 100 tons of ribs, the six-day, free-admission rib festival is one of the largest outdoor barbecue events in North America. At the last minute, I decided there was no time like the present, and drove square across California and into the smoke. To find out what the event was like, keep reading.

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