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17 facts about the food at Naperville's Ribfest

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  • Barbecue ribs will be available from 12 vendors during the 27th annual Ribfest from July 3 to 6 at Knoch Park in Naperville.

       Barbecue ribs will be available from 12 vendors during the 27th annual Ribfest from July 3 to 6 at Knoch Park in Naperville.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer, JULY 2003

  • Ribs will be the star of the show, but 18 other food vendors will offer pizza, Mexican food, gyros and other festival favorites July 3 to 6 during the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville.

      Ribs will be the star of the show, but 18 other food vendors will offer pizza, Mexican food, gyros and other festival favorites July 3 to 6 during the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville.
    Daily Herald file photo

 
 

• Twelve ribbers will tickle the taste buds of Ribfest visitors.

• Two ribbers -- Uncle Bub's and Robinson's -- are from the Chicago area, while others hail from Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

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• Thirty-eight sauces will be available to personalize the taste and tang of each rack of ribs.

• Roughly 6,900 pounds of beef brisket and 1,278 pounds of pork butts were sold at last year's fest -- not to mention the roughly 5,000 pounds of ribs each ribber smoked and grilled to perfection.

• As many as three ribbers will go home winners: one for best ribs, another for best sauce and a third for kid's choice.

• Last year's top finishers are returning, except the first-place finisher in best sauce.

• Twenty-three judges will taste-test each rib and sauce beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Twelve kids make up the panel that will pick the kid's choice winner.

• Want to sample those chosen as best? Listen in during an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, then head to Ribber Row.

• Eighteen other food vendors await, as if ribs aren't enough.

• Three of those vendors are appearing at Ribfest for the first time.

• Two are Naperville restaurants: Hugo's Frog Bar and Eggs Inc.

• One is from a casino, so it might be a good bet: Flavors Buffet at Harrah's Casino, Joliet.

• Two sell fruit, but it's usually dipped in chocolate or served as a topping on ice cream.

• Two sell vegetables, but they're fried or creamed.

• Prices range from $4 or $5 for sandwiches and sides to $25 for a full-slab rib dinner, and each ribber will charge the same amount for the same menu item.

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