Welcome to the All American Rib Cookoff

Saturday, September 26, 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Partial proceeds from the event benefit:

The family friendly event is a fun-filled delicious afternoon for everyone!

Grab your friends and family and join us for the 4th Annual All American Rib Cookoff on September 26, 2020 at Recreation Park. Begins at 11am / tastings at noon ! CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 Entry to the event is free and parking is free. Tasting tickets are limited so purchase them soon!

  • INDIVIDUAL TICKETS for rib tasting are only $25/ea.
  • VIP TICKETS are $125/ea and include entrance to private/shaded seating area, rib tastings brought to you, additional catered food, hosted cocktail/beer/wine bar, wine tasting from Black Vette winery and more!

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

About Us

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

Crime Victims United 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:
Nina Solarno Besselman
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 Cheer


Funding for this event helps sustain and build the program to ensure the future of the Hillmen tradition continues. Funds raised last year helped the team make it to the playoff games and other sporting events.

High Fives Foundation


Funding supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries.

Young Life - Gold Country


Funding for Young Life is funding for kids.  Young Life is all about adventure for kids. From club and camp to Campaigners, they will have a blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends.  Best of all Young Life leaders point kids to life as it is truly meant to be lived: in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • 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 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. 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.

  • INDIVIDUAL TICKETS for rib tasting are only $25/ea
  • VIP TICKETS are $125/ea and include entrance to private/shaded seating area, rib tastings brought to you, additional catered food, hosted cocktail/beer/wine bar, wine tasting from Black Vette winery and more!

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

Aubrey Aquino chatted with last years All American Rib Cookoff Champion about what you can expect at this years cookoff!

Learn the secret for cooking amazing ribs from T-Bones, one of our cookers at the All American Rib Cookoff in Auburn.

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.

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

Meet the Teams

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

  • 808 (Diamond Pacific)
  • BBQR 916
  • Bounty Hunters BBQ
  • Cal Fire
  • Code 3 Catering
  • Freedom Ain’t Free (2018 1st place!)
  • Frosty’s Smokeshack
  • Gold Country Church
  • Gold Country Younglife
  • Holy Smokes BBQ
  • Over the Hill
  • Pork Delicious & Devine
  • Rib Doctors
  • Rub-N-Butts
  • T-Bones
  • White House Barbeque

Team Application

Are you a chef?  Apply here to join the All American Rib Cookoff


Welcome to the 3rd annual ALL AMERICAN RIB COOKOFF.  Besides our great ribs, 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.

SponsorsThe 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 Rib 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.

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

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

Law Office of Nina Salarno Besselman



Sheryl Petersen

Crime Victims United


Sheryl Petersen

Crime Victims United



Stephanie Jacoby

Crime Victims United

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