The Chicago BBQ Company took home first place in the 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.



Tom Ferguson, owner of Chicago BBQ Company, said he knew the last trophy sitting on the stage had to be his.

"I looked at the last trophy on the stage and said, 'That's my trophy.,'" Ferguson said. "And then, he read the numbers off."

The company from Burr Ridge, Ill. took home first prize at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off on Monday. First place comes with bragging rights, a trophy and a $10,000 prize.

Ferguson has been competing in the rib cook-off for 29 years. This is his second first place in the competition.

Here are the other winners of the 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off:

* People's Choice Award: Back Forty Texas Barbecue

* Best Sauce: Uncle Bub's

* First Place:  Chicago BBQ Company

* Second Place: Uncle Bub's

* Third Place: Aussom Aussie

* Fourth Place: Carson City BBQ

* Fifth Place: Austin's Texas Lightning BBQ

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