I've definitely been a little bit behind the ball on posting, even though I just got home a few days ago and need to prepare for MY TRIP TO THE WORLD CUP! My sister was also in town for her Around the World in 80 Sips event at the MCA (hope you were there). Needless to say I've fallen behind, but there's nothing to get back on track than a day of good food and an authentic Chicago street fest. I was blissfully unaware that Ribfest was happening, surprising because I'm a rib and BBQ lover. The event is one that I would love to go back to and was very impressed with the organization and quality of the vendors. It's a little pricey, but a good crowd that is more respectable than some other more drink heavy festivals.
I did some good damage since I came on an empty stomach. I tasted 4 different restaurants and can rank them in order of preference. Each time I ordered a 3 rib taster.
#4: The Smoke Daddy BBQ - I'm a little surprised because I have some of their sauce in my fridge. The ribs were very well cooked, tender and juicy. They were light on the sauce though and I wish they offered more to add at my convenience. Anyway, this is where they fell.
#3: Pitchfork - This was my largest upset because they won the event last year and were sold out at one point with people waiting for the reload. The ribs were very, and I mean extremely tough on the bone. I'm going to suspect that the cooks were rushing their orders because of the line, but that's no excuse. The rub was tasty, but the meat was too hard to work with to enjoy at a high level.
The line at Pitchfork. Not sure why we waited though...
#2: Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro - Another surprise, but this time a good one. The meat was tender and easy to peel off the bone. The sauce was tasty and full of flavor. I'd order them again.
#1: Corner 41 Bar & Grill - By far the best ribs I ate this year. The meat was delicious, tender and juicy. But the BBQ sauce is what I'll remember and go back for every time. I prefer my BBQ with a kick, and this had a good one. The spice and flavors were the best BBQ I've had in a while. Now all I need to do is find out if they bottle and sell it for my own use.
Ribfest was fun and well organized. I look forward to next year's variety.