Welcome to the All American Ribs & Chili Cookoff

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Recreation Park | 11 am (tastings at noon)

Grab your friends and family and join us for the Second Annual All American Ribs & Chili Cookoff! Entry to the event is free and parking is free.  Tasting tickets are only $20/ea | $10/kids chicken plate | $50/family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids chicken plates) and tickets are limited. The family friendly event is a fun-filled delicious afternoon Buy Tickets for everyone!

The Cookoff will feature competition teams vying for the title of All American Rib & Chili Cook off Champ! In addition, attendees will enjoy multiple craft and commercial vendors; delicious foods; a great kids area; and a high-energy live concert.

Partial proceeds from the event benefit:

About Us

Partial proceeds for the event will benefit the following non-profit groups:

Crime Victims United of California Charitable Foundation (CVUCF)


Violent crime shatters lives and often-young victim are left to repair their lives without assistance. CVUCF provides a myriad of support and assistance to crime victims. Funding from this event will assist in sustaining the only scholarship program for young crime victims assisting them achieve higher education, support the at-risk prevention scholarship, and assist with support for innocent victims of crime as the navigate the complexities the judicial system.

More info:
Crime Victims United of California
(530) 885-9544

Auburn Recreation District Youth Assistance Fund


Established in 1948, the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District (ARD) provides recreation programs for our youth. However many families cannot afford the costs associated with the programs thus leaving young boys and girls with the inability to participate. Funding from this event will help sustain the youth assistance fund, which offsets cost for numerous children so they can participate in a myriad programs, developing lifelong skills.

More info:
Sheryl Petersen
Auburn Recreation District

Placer High School Football


Placer High school is home to one of the most storied football programs in the state. Founded in 1897, the Hillmen have taken part in many great gridiron battles for well over a century. In recent years, current head coach and former alumni, Joey Montoya and his staff have help return the program to prominence. Funding from this event will help sustain and build the program equipment and training for the young men and the future of this Hillmen tradition.


All American Ribs & Chili Cookoff

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s some information to make this great event fun and organized:

  • WHITE TICKETS are for chili tasting
  • ORANGE TICKETS are for rib tasting only
  • GREEN TICKETS are for after 3pm tastings
  • POKER CHIP is for rib voting
  • Carefully select which teams you would like to taste from
  • Only 1 rib (tasting) per orange ticket
  • No more than 2 tastings per person at a time
  • Place poker chip in favorite team’s bucket
  • Spirit contest / chili voting at trophy booth
  • Voting for all categories will end at 3pm

No.  No outside food or drinks are allowed.

We welcome the entire family and there is food and entertainment for all ages, including a beer garden for adults and a kid’s zone full of fun. Please leave your pets at home unless certified as a companion pet because of the crowds.

Tons of fun. Good Beer. Delicious Ribs and Chili. Great Music. Fantastic raffle baskets.  Vendors with crafts, goods and services. Kids area with entertainment.  Delicious foods, and more!

Parking is free at the park. Come early to get a spot.

ADMISSION IS FREE and includes entertainment, tons of vendors and fun for the family. Ribs and Chili tasting kits are only $20/person and $10/kids (chicken plate).  A Family Value pack is $50/family of 4 (includes 2 ribs & chili tastings + 2 kids chicken plates).  Tickets are limited so purchase them soon!

The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm. Tastings start at noon and goes until we run out. The peoples’ choice trophy winners are announced at 3:30 pm.

Recreation Park.  123 Recreation Drive in Auburn, CA

Everyone! The event is family friendly and loaded with entertainment.

Have more questions?  Contact us!BUY TICKETS!

In the News

Learn the secret for cooking amazing ribs from T-Bones, one of our cookers.

9/10/2018 – AUBURN JOURNAL: Ribs, chili cookoff in Auburn
Pull out the apron and light up the grill, the second annual All American Ribs and Chili Cookoff will take place Sept. 29.

10/3/2017 – FOX 40: All American Rib Cook-Off in Auburn (2017)
Hungry for some ribs? Check out the All American Rib Cook-Off in Auburn.

Meet the Teams

We are excited about this year’s teams which will be vying for the title of All American Rib & Chili Cookoff Champ!  Be sure to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice category!

  • Adams Ribs BBQ
  • Rub-N-Butts
  • Placer High School
  • Sierra Grill Smokehouse
  • T-Bones
  • Carpe Vino
  • Pig Skin BBQ
  • Auburn Ale House
  • Ray Latini
  • Rolsom Prison Guard
  • Gett Buckettz


  • Joe Knowlton
  • Placer High School Football
  • Gett Buckettz
  • Placer High School Cheer

Team Application

Are you a chef?  Apply here to join the All American Ribs & Chili Cookoff


Welcome to the 2ND ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN RIBS & CHILI COOKOFF.  Besides our great ribs and chili, the following vendors will be at the Cookoff:

Please download and complete the form to reserve space at the event. Space is limited so respond soon to guarantee a space.

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Please Support Our Sponsors

The event promises to be a fun -filled delicious afternoon for everyone involved and we would love to have you on board!

The Cookoff will feature 20 BBQ competition teams vying for the title of All-American Ribs and Chil Cookoff Champ!  In addition, attendees will enjoy multiple craft vendors; delicious foods; and a high-energy live concert. The event will attract a large crowd and media attention.  Due to the demand, we are adding a sister event! On Saturday, June 15th, we will launch the All-American Tri-Tip Cook Off.  It will be the same style event benefitting the same charitable partners.

Your generous support is a tax deductible donation.  Please make checks payable to: Crime Victims United of California Charitable Foundation (CVUCF) – 501c3 #75-3030071.

Please contact us if you would like to sponsor this great event!

Drop us a line or give us a ring.

We are happy to answer any questions and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
We want to hear about your Cookoff experience!


Nina Salarno Besselman




Sheryl Petersen

Auburn Recreation District
Recreation Services Manager
Direct Line 530-863-4615



Ray Sutherlin

Sutherlin Marketing and Public Relations

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All American Ribs & Chili Cookoff

September 29, 2018
11am (Tastings @ noon)


Recreation Park
Auburn CA


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