Fairgoers gathered at the 23rd annual Pork Rib-Off competition to watch as barbecue chefs competed for top honors in the ribs, pulled pork and barbecue sauce categories at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Ale Yeah BBQ of Delaware was awarded Grand Champion Ribs, while Smoke’m If You Got’em of Middleport earned Grand Champion Pulled Pork.
Kryptonite BBQ of Hartville walked away with numerous accolades — Reserve Grand Champion Ribs, Reserve Grand Champion Pulled Pork and Best Overall Barbecue Sauce containing soybean oil. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City earned the coveted People’s Choice award for the second year in a row.
The barbecue competitors were scored by a group of four judges, including: Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio State Fair; Senator Bob Peterson, President Pro Tem, District 17; Susan Crowell, former editor, Farm and Dairy; Steve Reinhard, Chairman, Ohio Soybean Council.
“The Ohio Pork Council looks forward to partnering with the Ohio Soybean Council to host the Rib-Off competition every year at the Ohio State Fair,” said Drew Eckert, District 4 Director, Ohio Pork Council. “OPC would like to thank our judges, competitors and attendees for making this year’s event a huge success, and congratulate Ale Yeah BBQ, Smoke’m If You Got’em, Kryptonite BBQ and Hickory River Smokehouse on their accomplishments at the competition.”
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. Eleven Ohio-based barbecue teams competed in this year’s Rib-Off.