Ohio BBQ Competitors Vie for Top Prize in 25th Annual Pork Rib-Off

The grand champions and their competitors were scored by a group of four judges, including: Virgil Strickler, Ohio Expo Center & State Fair General Manager; Representative Bob Peterson (R-17); Jeff Reese, Ohio Ag Net; and Gregory J. Lestini, Bricker Graydon.

“This is the only day that I come to the fair because I know there will be amazing barbecue,” said a fairgoer who has come specifically on Rib-Off day for the last eight years “This is something that I look forward to coming to every year for the amazing pork.”

The Pork Rib-Off, which has now reached a milestone of 25 years, is hosted each year by the Ohio Pork Council on the first Tuesday of the Ohio State Fair.

Reserve Champion ribs were awarded to Bark Brothers. JR’s Place, Millersburg, Ohio, won Reserve Champion Pulled Pork. Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em of Middleport, Ohio won Champion BBQ Sauce. The coveted People’s Choice award went to Hickory River BBQ of Tipp City, Ohio.

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