This summer, visitors looking for a quiet retreat from Vegas’ constant bling, can head 25 miles outside the strip to Boulder City. Don’t let its proximity to America’s glitziest city fool you, Boulder City feels like it belongs in another part of the continent. The home of the Hoover Dam, Boulder City is quietly proud of its strict anti-gaming ordinance, its miles of greenery and its old-fashioned Main Street. Indeed the city is Americana personified.
Every Memorial Day weekend, Boulder City’s Rotary Club pulls out all the stops for its annual “Best Dam Barbecue Challenge.”
The city welcomes nearly 40 barbecue teams from around the country, who spend two days grilling culinary masterpieces for a panel of professionally trained barbecue judges from the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).
Teams compete for a share of $12,000 in prizes in four individual categories: Ribs, Pork, Brisket, and Chicken. Furthermore, the Grand Champion is automatically qualified for the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, known simply as “The Jack,” which is one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world.
Best Dam Barbecue Challenge Events
Police vs. Fire Department’s Rib-Eating Contest
An event highlight is the annual Best Dam Rib Eating Contest between the Boulder City Fire Department and the Boulder City Police can you buy aciphex online Department. A team of two members from the Fire Department and the Police Department are each given a half rack of ribs to consume as quickly as possible. The city Police Department has won the challenge for the last three years, so the Fire Department should be especially motivated to reclaim the title it lost in 2010.
Award-Winning Barbecue, Festival Food & Vendors
There will plenty of down-home cookin’ left for everyone else, and guests can enjoy some of the best ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, or chicken at a variety of barbecue vendor booths. Draft beer, icy margaritas, frozen lemonade and shaved ice will all be available to chase away the summer heat. The event, located in historic Downtown Boulder City, will also feature a variety of unique artisan booths.
Best Dam Car Show
From mild to wild, shiny to grungy, antiques to classics…participants from around the Las Vegas valley will display their ride at the Annual Best Dam Car Show. With cars dating from the early 1900?s to the latest hot cars of today, the Best Dam Car Show will show off fully restored classics and wild new trends and customs of every sort.
The Annual KidsQue Grilling Lesson & Competition
Kids from 6 to 17 years can join the action in the Annual KidsQue Challenge, which encourages kids with any type (or none) of culinary experience to participate in teams of up to 3.
The Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is the primary fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Boulder City, and all proceeds go to help support local charities such as Boulder City Emergency Aid, Lend A Hand of Boulder City and Every 15 Minutes.
Boulder City, Nevada
May 23-24, 2014
Best Dam Barbecue Challenge