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First place honors at the 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off went to Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. from Plymouth, IN. 23 of the country’s top competitive, large volume barbecue teams competed for the coveted first place prize at the event.

Rasta Joe’s has placed both second and third twice in past years, but this marks the first championship for owner, Joe Alexander, who said, “Now I have the trifecta, Best Sauce, People’s Choice and First Place!”

Top five winners for 2016

First place: Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc., from Plymouth, IN, $7,500

Second place: Bone Daddy’s BBQ, from Midland, MI, $3,000

Third place: Joey’s Texas Thunder from Borger, TX, $2,000

Fourth Place: Montana Q Bar-B-Que House, from Frenchtown, MT  $1,000

Fifth Place: Texas Outlaw Barbecue, from Elizabethtown, KY,  $500

People’s Choice Award: Montana Q Bar-B-Que House, from Frenchtown, MT

Best Sauce: Checkered Pig BBQ, from Martinsville, VA $500.

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