The Annual NoLibs Rib Cook-Off is one of the very best culinary competitions in Philly, and it's back for a 7th go-around on October 27 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. There's a change of venue this time around, though, as this year's event is setting up shop at the Philly Homebrew Outlet at 1447 N. American Street as part of the Simply Succulent Swine block party.
The good people at the Philadelphia Homebrew Club have taken over hosting duties from the lovely ladies of Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen (formerly A Full Plate Cafe), as they're too busy getting everything just right at their new restaurant.
The $30 admission gets you an all-you-can-eat ribs and endless samples of fall homebrews with a souvenir PHBC tasting glass to keep. If you're looking to skip the beer and just want food, tickets are just $20. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the door for an extra $5.
Teams of four will work the grills to impress expert and celebrity judges in the hopes of being crowned this year's champion. Impressing the general public is important, too, if they hope to win the People's Choice vote. Rib-Off categories will include racks of ribs, a Veggie Quickfire Challenge, as well as the Anything Goes Mac N' Cheese round. And for those of you who aren't interested in eating or drinking, there will be a big bouncy castle.
-- Annie Fogarty