Gone Ribbin’ in Homestead: Photos from Sunday’s Pig Out with Fellow Food Blogger Friends at Ribfest

IMG_6005This past Sunday, I joined foodie friends Steve, Paula, and David on a tiny trek to Homestead for a taste of America — and what could be more U, S of A than barbecued pig, funnel cake and roasted corn vendors, and cowboy and tchotchke stalls of all kinds?

Now mind you, I know it sounds like fun and games, but the annual event brings serious competition between the “Ribbers,” with a horde of trophies at stake to add to their overflowing and quite colorful collections. Also, it’s even a more imposing challenge for attendees, who must attempt – as any respectable rib eater would – to sample as much diverse ‘cue as possible in mere hours. All I will say is thank god my seasoned company (I was the only newbie to Ribfest) had a plan of attack!  Divide and conquer (always a good idea in most situations) by splitting up and bringing back our spoils to a picnic table to share and compare. Brilliant.

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Skin & Bones flying high! My fave!

Most of the meat players brought their A game; everything we sampled had a unique, appetizing taste, with only a few faltering because of dryness, which was easily remedied with plastic cups of frothy Fosters (Miller Lite was the event sponsor.)

Pig In Pig Out, Aussome Aussie, Smoke & Spice, Porky N Beans, Blazin Broncos, Big Boned BBQ, Willingham’s World Champion BBQ, Skin & Bones, Huckleberry Hillbilly, Johnson’s BBQ, Fat Fred’s, and Boss Hog comprised the line up. My favorite was Skin & Bones, followed by a close second showing by Porky N Beans.  Both had great meat to bone ratio and were cut-with-a-fork tender.

The sauce on the proverbial rib was the Wings Over Homestead Airshow, the side show of this meat circus which made the $15 entrance fee and a la carte pricing inside very much worth the traffic and parking fiasco.  And what would an event like Ribfest be without that?

Here’s the afternoon in pictures. I will definitely be back next year — and bringing my brother the carnivore!

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Thanks, Youth Fair, for the box office!

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Pig In Pig Out's "Ribsicles" won best pork at Ribfest 2008.

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Skin & Bones' sauces were great, especially the yellow and the sweet hot, but its ribs' flavor (from a dry rub) was best savored sans sauce!

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The Skin & Bones menu board. I went with the half rack and a Tennesee Taco (ended up being unnecessary, but curiousity killed the cat!)

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Skin & Bones. Nuff Said.

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Paula scored with her pick, Porky N Beans.

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Porky N Beans. Killer at all angles.

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Aussome Aussie (above) was my third favorite tied with Blazin Broncos.

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It was a nice day -- very dry and windy, sometimes creating food, napkin, and beer control complications!

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Case and point.

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Blazin Broncos.

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Nicely done by Chuck Wicks. Cute, too!

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And the entertainment doesn't end... Classic cars were on display, including this slick Pontiac Bonneville!

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Would rather not have seen this littering of entry bracelet sticker covers upon exiting. Hopefully the Parks people will crack down on even organizers for next year.

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