2017 Jazz & Rib Fest Rib Award Winners


A total of 23 rib teams from across North America competed for Best Rib Awards Presented By Moo Moo Express Car Wash. The awards included Critics’ Choice, Critics’ All-Ohio Champion, Big Whigs’ Award, People’s Choice powered by (614) Magazine, Best Sauce, and the Silver Axe Award presented by the Columbus Division of Fire.

Big Whigs’ Award

Champion – Pigfoot BBQ Co.
2nd Place – Porky N’ Beans
3rd Place – Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.

Critics’ Choice

Champion – Porky N’Beans
2nd Place – Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.
3rd Place – Pigtails BBQ Co.

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.

Best Sauce

BBQ Masters

People’s Choice powered by (614) Magazine

Pigtails BBQ Co.

Silver Axe Award

Big Boned BBQ Co.


Dale Heydlauff – American Electric Power
Keenan Sanders – American Electric Power
Clark Donley – Sunny 95
Kyle Broderick – Anheuser-Busch
Bob Kendrick – ABC 6/ FOX 28
Bill Kelly – ABC 6/ FOX 28
Wayne Lewis – 614 Magazine
Keith Lawrence – Moo Moo Express Car Wash
Paul Rakosky – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
Eric Rickabaugh – Rickabaugh Graphics
Dr. Frederic Bertley – COSI
Kara Anderson – Live Technologies

Professional Critics

Dave Karn – Columbus Division of Fire
Abbi Buckley – DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
Keith Kuhlmann – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Lt. Steve Chesshir – Columbus Division of Fire
Christie Kuhlmann – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Dan Hurst – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Janet Hedges – Columbus Division of Fire
Ann Flora – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Scott Armstrong – Kansas City Barbeque Society

Click Here for a list of competing rib teams.

Click Here to learn more about the awards and to see past rib team winners.

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Jazz & Rib Fest

It’s that time again! The 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest is just around the corner and we are full speed ahead with a list of seven things not to miss this weekend!

1.) Out of this World Performances

Get down and boogie with our show stopping list of headliners:

Kenny Garrett Quintet: Friday | 9:30 PM | American Electric Stage
Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright: Saturday | 9:30 PM | American Electric Stage
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Sunday at 7:00 PM
Jazz Funk Soul Featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson: Saturday | 9:00 Pm | Genoa Park Stage
Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Saturday | 9:30 PM | Genoa Park Stage
Miles Electric Band: Sunday | 7:00 PM | Genoa Park Stage
Rebirth Brass Band: Friday | 9:30 PM | West Bank Stage
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: Saturday | 9:00 PM | West Bank Stage
Maysa: Sunday | 7:00 PM | West Bank Stage

2.) 23 Smokin’ Hot Rib Teams

You’ll be hungry after all that dancing and we’ve got you covered! Pig out with our 23 fabulous rib teams!

Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ Burr Ridge, IL
Bad Wolf BarbecueToronto, ON, Canada
BBQ MastersStockbridge, GA
Big Boned BBQ Co.Ravenel, SC
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQMt. Laurel, NJ
Carolina Rib KingMoore, SC
Chicago BBQ Co.Burr Ridge, IL
Cowboy’s BBQ & Rib Co.Weatherford, TX
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.Hinckley, OH
Howling Coyote BBQChicago, IL
Jack on the Bone Massillon, OH
Johnson’s BBQChesapeake, VA Schmidt’s German VillageColumbus, OH
Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild 

Armadillo’sRichfield, OH
Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ Burr Ridge, IL
Bad Wolf BarbecueToronto, ON, Canada
BBQ MastersStockbridge, GA
Big Boned BBQ Co.Ravenel, SC
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQMt. Laurel, NJ
Carolina Rib KingMoore, SC
Chicago BBQ Co.Burr Ridge, IL
Cowboy’s BBQ & Rib Co.Weatherford, TX
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.Hinckley, OH
Howling Coyote BBQChicago, IL
Jack on the Bone Massillon, OH
Johnson’s BBQChesapeake, VA
Just North of Memphis BBQ –  Annadale, MN
Mojo’s Rib ShackDiamond, OH
Pigfoot BBQ Cooking Team.Mentor, OH
Pigtails BBQ Co.West Salem, OH
Porky’ N’ BeansPort Saint Lucie, FL
Texas Outlaw BBQElizabethtown, KY
Texas Pit Bbarbeque Willis, TX
BarbequeMansfield, OH
Smokin’ T’s BBQBedford, OH

The Rib Awards presented by Moo Moo Express Car Wash are at the Genoa Park Stage at 6 PM Sunday! Don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award powered by (614)Magazine before 5:00 PM on Sunday at VoteRibs.com. Fill out an event survey at the end for a chance to win a JRF t-shirt, Columbus Blue Jackets signed hockey stick and a $50 Marathon gas gift card.

3.) Cool off at the ABC 6/ FOX 28 Pavilion

We know it gets hot with all the sizzling ribs and we have just the trick! Become an ABC 6 fan and cool off at the same time! Conveniently located at the heart of the festival, relax under the shade of the ABC 6/FOX 28 Pavilion on the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive. Stop by the pavilion for a hand fan and meet your favorite news anchors. Don’t miss a live broadcast on Friday July 21 at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM!

4.) Enjoy Our Craft Beer Selection

This year we will have a list of premium beverages provided by Anheuser-Busch. Enjoy our craft draught selection which includes Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Beer, Wolf Pup Session IPA, Devils Backbone Vienna Lager and Stella Artois. We will also be pouring Bud Light , Budweiser, Michelob Ultra and Shock Top. Sip on a can of Best Damn Sweet Tea and Bud Light Lime or enjoy Copa Divino’s Pinot Grigio and Merlot.

5.) Paddle in the City with HERO USA

Join HERO USA and the American Kayak Association for your very own riverfront adventure! ACA certified instructors will be conducting Level 1 safety education courses designed to get even the most inexperienced person on the water. Then take in the sights & sounds of the festival enjoying a half hour paddle on the beautifully restored Scioto River. A $15 activity fee supports HERO USA’s community-based youth outdoor education programs.
On-site registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a popular activity, so reserve your space early!

Friday: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM |
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 7:30 PM
Note: Last boats go out at 7:30 PM

6.) Family Fun Festival Features

Are you a sports fan? Spin the prize wheel to win tickets to the opening game with the Columbus Blue Jackets or test your speed and accuracy at the Columbus Crew SC kick wall to win exclusive prizes! Are you a Buckeye fan? Snap a selfie and test your trivia skills to show off your Buckeye Pride with Buckeye Mobile Tour.
COSI will be onsite with BOOMing science experience including live demonstrations and the opportunity to play, explore and learn about science with your family and friends!

7.) Catch a Ride with car2go and Hopper Carts

We will get you where you need to go with Hopper Carts and car2go!
Head to Jazz & Rib Fest with car2go and park for free. Park on Main Street between Ludlow and Front Street at the dedicated car2go Drop Zone. Not a member yet? Join for free and get $5 of free drive time with promo code: JAZZY (expires July 23rd, 2017).

Hopper Carts is excited to offer a free to ride, on demand, eco-friendly ride sharing service that will take you right to and from the festival from the Short North and downtown area. To request a ride simply download the app and Hopper Cart will take you from your door to the drop off point at the festival. If you need a ride home or back to your car during the festival, just walk to their pick up point at Civic Center Drive and Rich Street. Remember to tip your driver so the hop don’t stop!

For more information on the 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest visit: http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/ or follow Jazz & Rib Fest on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JazzAndRibFest/

Rhythm on the River Presents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and The Seldom Scene

Looking to fiddle around with some of the finest bluegrass there is to offer? Don’t miss The Seldom Scene and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper’s skillful and captivating performances Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park for our next Rhythm on the River performance.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, and with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.

The Seldom Scene
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. As one of the first bluegrass bands to embrace a non-traditional approach, they stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable by embracing artists such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead while mixing it up with Merle Haggard and traditional tunes as well. With a body of work stretching back to 1971, The Seldom Scene has become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass, while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, the Scene’s legend continues growing into the 21st century.

Calendar Information:

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper | The Seldom Scene
Date & Time: Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Description: Join Columbus Recreation and Parks  downtown for Rhythm on the River with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper  and The Seldom Scene . Admission is free. Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m.
Information: http://www.sciotomile.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river/
Image: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u7q91oe0uhhjnds/AAAZItv-p-4RGt5Qqr3j5usna?dl=0

Donatos and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Strawberry Food Truck will be on hand during the concert with delicious eats. Proceeds from the food truck benefit CRPD’s free summer meals program. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m.