The rainy weather did nothing to hinder the quality of the incredible pork being served up at the 2018 Ohio Pork Rib Off. It was high quality across the board according to the judges for the 22nd annual Pork Rib Off competition at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 31.
Bark Bros. of Columbus was awarded Grand Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork. Red Pig Inn of Ottawa was awarded Reserve Champion Ribs, while Kyptonite BBQ of Hartville was awarded Grand Champion Pulled Pork and best Soybean Oil BBQ Sauce. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City took home the People’s Choice award. There were nine contestants from across the state competing in the annual event.
The competitors were scored by a group of five judges, including: Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair General Manager; Senator Larry Obhof; State Representative Brian Hill; Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal; and Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council.
The annual Pork Rib Off is held on the first Tuesday of the Ohio State Fair and is hosted by the Ohio Pork Council, with generous support from the Ohio Soybean Council.
“We are thankful to partner with the Ohio Soybean Council to host such a great event each year during the Ohio State Fair,” said Dave Shoup, President-Elect, Ohio Pork Council. “Every year, the Rib Off brings together a great group of barbeque experts from across the state for a fun, interactive competition.”