The Minnesota-based Famous Dave's BBQ has claimed top honors at the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in northern Nevada.
Famous Dave's, which finished third last year, beat 23 competitor's for this year's $7,500 winner's check Monday in Sparks, where an estimated 500,000 people consumed more than 230,000 pounds of ribs through the holiday weekend.
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Owner Dave Anderson said it was an "exhilarating" victory over America's top pit masters.
Three-time event winner Texas Outlaw BBQ of Elizabethtown, Ky., won $3,000 for second, followed by Kinder's Custom Meats of Concord, Calif., Porky `N' Beans of Port St. Lucie, Fla., which also won for best sauce, and Desperado BBQ & Rib Co. of Hinkley, Ohio.
Last year's winner, Chicago BBQ of suburban Burr Ridge, won the people's choice award.