Thursday, September 18, 2008
Northern Liberties was hopping this weekend. Festivals and live music were everywhere. The best event for foodies was held behind A Full Plate Cafe on Liberties Walk where ten local teams competed in the 2nd Annual Rib Cook-Off.
Grillers rolled up at around nine and got to work marinating, rubbing and smoking serious quantities of pork ribs, while also preparing entries in the Vegetarian and Anything Goes categories.
From what I saw at the event, there are about as many techniques for cooking ribs as there are freckles on my face. Last year's winning team "Rub the One You're With" came back to their title with a brown sugar rub and ancho spiked BBQ sauce, but sadly they couldn't hold their title with the stiff competition.
This year's first place winner was Team Mermaid BBQ. Their ribs were tender, full of smoky flavor and drenched in extra sauce, which the team wisely brought along to hawk to patrons. I'm looking forward to seeing this team compete at next year's event so I can get more of their delicous sauce in my mouth. Incidently, my camera was covered in sauce by the end of the day. Gross.
It was a great event that I look forward to next year. Thanks to Sly Fox for donating some beer and making us all a little sauced. And thanks to A Full Plate Cafe and Home Slice for hosting the event.