They're basted, marinated, dry-rubbed, slathered in sauce, peppery, sweet, and juicy: now some ribs can call themselves champions.
At The Blade's Northwest Ohio Rib Off, twelve pork ribs vied for the judge's love and vote. Only one could come out on top of the rib world. Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild BBQ won the Judge's award. They're out of Mansfield, Ohio.
That Ohio theme continued for the Peoples' Choice Awards, even with competitors from Texas and Arkansas looking for the title belt.
For the local Peoples' Choice, Smokey's BBQ Roadhouse won. They're located on Woodville Road in Oregon.
For national Peoples' Choice, BG's Main Event won. They're also from Ohio, located in Rittman.
The Blade's Rib Off ends Sunday at 6:00 p.m.