Uncle Bub's collects hardware at Naperville's Ribfest

  • Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont stands behind his three winning first place trophies -- Best Ribs, Best Sauce and Kids Choice -- on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville.

      Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont stands behind his three winning first place trophies -- Best Ribs, Best Sauce and Kids Choice -- on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning the first place Best Ribs trophy Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville.

      Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning the first place Best Ribs trophy Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont, center, stands between his three winning first place trophies -- Best Ribs, Best Sauce and Kids Choice -- on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Carri Link, left, and Steven Padula, right, help hoist the winning trophies.

      Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont, center, stands between his three winning first place trophies -- Best Ribs, Best Sauce and Kids Choice -- on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Carri Link, left, and Steven Padula, right, help hoist the winning trophies. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Boot Scootin' Judy Rice of Saddle Up Saloon leads a Western line dance on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville.

      Boot Scootin' Judy Rice of Saddle Up Saloon leads a Western line dance on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link of Uncle Bubs BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning first place in the Best Ribs category Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville.

      Mark Link of Uncle Bubs BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning first place in the Best Ribs category Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning Kids Choice Best Ribs on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Link also won first place for Best Ribs and Best Sauce.

      Mark Link of Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont celebrates winning Kids Choice Best Ribs on Friday during the 31st annual Ribfest in Naperville. Link also won first place for Best Ribs and Best Sauce. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 7/6/2018 9:21 PM

The folks at Uncle Bub's in Westmont are going to have a new task starting today: Polishing their trophies from Naperville's Ribfest.

The family-owned restaurant, which already touts its award-winning barbecue on its website, picked up two of the top trophies from Ribfest judges on Friday for Best Ribs and Best Sauce, as well as a third honor from a kids' panel that also honored Bub's for Best Ribs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"All the money we won from this years contest is going to charity," said Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub's BBQ. "I'm very proud because we won ribs and sauce last year, and it's awesome. I'm pretty emotional about these wins -- it's a great feeling."

The judging was the highlight of the afternoon before thousands packed Knoch Park near downtown for a night of country music featuring Jake Owen, Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.

The annual celebration sponsored by the Exchange Club of Naperville wraps up Saturday.

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