Traditionally since 1989, the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada has held the Best in the West rib cook off. It started with a handful of Casino properties and its customers warming ribs with sterno. Over the years we've frequented this event and gotten our dose of pork, parking spaces allowing. I admit there were those years when we'd drive over and circle the parking lots like a vulture hoping to find just one narrow parking space, only to give up and drive back home settling for a plan B dinner.
This year we took my parents for an outing and we also got lucky finding a parking space. I guess the early bird does get the
Unfortunately, I didn't do the research because the ribs we chose didn't win anything, except, maybe, the "shortest line". That should have been our first and only clue! Oh well, there's always next year. I was able to try a "new food" experience, compliments to my dad who made a beeline to the fried pickle stand. I've never been a pickle aficionado, but the pickles got my curiosity and I'll usually try anything once, except hissing cockroaches! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, but it's not something I could have as a steady diet! I don't do deep-fried very well!
Here's some pictures of our Labor Day outing.
|Grandpa savoring those deep fried pickles|
|One of 24 competitors|
|Grandma enjoying her ribs....watch out for the pig!|
|Two guys and a pickle!|