Winners

RibFest People's Choice Winners

1998
Bibb's
Desperado's
Johnson's
Ribbin's

 

1999
Famous Dave's
Desperado's
Bibb's
Camp 31

 

2000
Famous Dave's
Desperado's
Nap's

 

2001
Famous Dave's
Desperado's
Ribbin's

 

2002
Desperado's
Famous Dave's
Johnson's

 

2003
Desperado's
Johnson's
Famous Dave's

 

2004
Desperado's
Famous Dave's
Johnson's

 

2005
Desperado's
Famous Dave's
Johnson's

 

In 2006, a new prize structure was introduced to the festival. In addition to the People's Choice title, the Ribbers now compete for two critic's choice awards - Ribs and Sauce.

2006
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Sauce: Johnson's

 

2007
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs: Johnson's
Critic's Choice Sauce: Famous Dave's

 

2008
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice Sauce: Willingham's BBQ

 

 

2009
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs First: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs Second: Famous Dave's
Critic's Choice Ribs Third: Rasta Joe's

 

2010
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs First: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice Ribs Second: Rasta Joe's
Critic's Choice Ribs Third: Famous Dave's

 

2011
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critic's Choice Ribs First: Cowboys
Critic's Choice Ribs Second: Aussom Aussie
Critic's Choice Ribs Third: Willingham's

 

Today, Ribbers compete for two awards-- People's Choice, voted on by the public, and Critic's Choice. A panel of local judges samples ribs from each vendor and judges each sample on Appearance, Taste and Tenderness.

2012
People's Choice: Willingham's
Critic's Choice First: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice Second: Aussom Aussie
Critic's Choice Third: Willingham's

2013
People's Choice: Desperado's
Critics Choice First: Aussom Aussie
Critics Choice Second: Johnson's
Critics Choice Third: Cowboy's

2014
People's Choice: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice First: Uncle Bub's
Critic's Choice Second: Rasta Joe's
Critic's Choice Third: Desperado's

2015
People's Choice: Just North of Memphis
Critic's Choice First: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice Second: Johnson's
Critic's Choice Third: Uncle Bub's

2016
People's Choice: Just North of Memphis
Critic's Choice First: Aussom Aussie's
Critic's Choice Second: Rowdy Hog
Critic's Choice Third: Cowboys

2017
People's Choice: Big Rig BBQ
Critic's Choice First: Porky 'N' Beans
Critic's Choice Second: Aussom Aussie
Critic's Choice Third: Rasta Joe's