Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The 'Rib-a-Que Smokeout' Winners!

Socca chef/owner Roger Herring won the expert judges' vote at the "Rib-a-Que Smokeout" Saturday. (Photos: Moonshine)

Hundreds of meat lovers braved the chill on Saturday for the fourth-annual Rib-a-Que Smokeout at Moonshine as amateur chefs went up against the pros for bragging rights of who makes the best BBQ.

There were 16 competitors in all, but in the end, SmallBar won the "people's choice" award, while Socca beat all contenders, according to a panel of celebrity media judges. Both winners took home a Gilded Grill and $350 in cash.

Phil McFarland's SmallBar took home the popular vote at "Rib-a-Que Smokeout."

The celeb judges—which consisted of Urban Daddy Chicago editor Chris LaMorte, Chicagoist.com editor Chuck Sudo, Check, Please! producer David Manilow and David Burke's Primehouse Executive Chef Rick Gresh—picked the winner through a blind tasting of the ribs.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if SmallBar and Socca are selling ribs this weekend . . .

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