The rib judging is conducted using a double-blind process in two heats.  During the first heat, Group 1 (Teams 1-18) were judged by one panel of judges and Group 2 (Teams 19-36) were judged by a second panel of judges.  The top six from each group were identified and those twelve moved on to the second heat for final judging by a separate third panel of judges.  The scores in table A show all round 1 scores.  Please note that the total score in heat one only affects ranking within their group and not overall.  Table B shows the scores for the top 12 teams and were used for the final ranking. 





With our deepest apologies, in our effort to put the scores up as fast as possible we made an error and posted last year’s results instead of this years. Below are the 2019 Cooker’s Choice scores. Again we apologize for any upset feelings and for our mistake. 

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Get Grillin' at the Rib Cook-off!                                                                                                   

By joining the Rib Cook-off, you will be supporting education in our community and, at the same time, taking a shot at winning the prize and bragging rights for the best-tasting ribs in town! In 2018, we had over 30 teams competing. There are cash prizes for 3 categories!

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Date: Saturday, September 7
Cooking Time: 8:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.
Location: East of the El Dorado Conference Center, 311 South West Ave., El Dorado, AR at the corner of S. Washington and E. Locust. “Cookers’ Headquarters” tent is located on S. Washington St. by the MAD oil derrick.
Set-up: Friday, September 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. First come, first served. Cookers will set up on South Washington Ave, between Locust & Pony St., east of El Dorado Conference Center. If there is an overflow of grills, they will be placed on E. Locust St., east of S. Washington.

Rib Pick Up

3:15-3:45 p.m.         Guests who buy tickets - pick up cooked ribs ($20 per rack), at the MAD First Financial Bank Music Hall, by the Box Office, 101 E. Locust St. behind the Griffin Restuarant) 

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DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, AT 12:00 p.m. A limited number of rib tickets may be purchased at the Information Tent, located at the intersection of S. Washington & E. Locust St. on the day of the event.

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Best Ribs
1st Place $2,000 & Trophy

2nd Place $750 & Trophy

3rd Place $500 & Trophy

4th Place $250 & Trophy

5th Place $125 & Trophy

6th Place $75 & Trophy

Cooker's Choice
1st Place $500 & Trophy

2nd Place $125 & Trophy

3rd Place $75 & Trophy

Best Rig Construction

1st Place $250 & Trophy

2nd Place $100 & Trophy

3rd Place $50 & Trophy

Best Team Spirit
1st Place $250 & Trophy

2nd Place $100 & Trophy

3rd Place $50 & Trophy

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