This 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.
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!