After 24 years, Chicago BBQ is claiming its first top prize in the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off. Owner Tom Ferguson says the Best in the West title is the most treasured award in barbecue. It also comes with a $7,500 prize. Winners were announced yesterday. This year's second place winner was Sweet Baby Ray's, also based in Chicago. Rib cookers say prize money is secondary. They compete mainly for bragging rights. Twenty-four teams competed in the six-day rib fest at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. More than 500,000 people attended and more than 101 tons of ribs were served during the event.
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