Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Top Honors for Sweet Baby Ray's at Ribfest

With 17 world-class rib vendors and dozens of other food vendors, the annual Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest is always a Mecca for barbecue lovers. This year’s event, which ran from July 3 through July 6 at Knoch Park in Naperville, Ill., featured Sweet Baby Ray’s restaurant, which won first place in the event’s Best Ribs competition, and earned second place in the Best Sauce competition.

Accepting the prize money and trophies included the Sweet Baby Ray's cooking competition team, consisting of "Sweet Baby Ray" himself, Dave Raymond, along with his nephew, Duce Raymond, and cooking competition partner Ron Nunes.

Duce recalls feeling speechless when their names were announced as victors. “As we prepared for this competition, we were just ecstatic to be welcomed back to the festival,” Duce Raymond said after the event. “When the panel of judges announced our names and said that we won, my jaw dropped. It was an amazing moment.”

Interested in trying the award-winning fare? Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Restaurant has two locations: 249 E. Irving Park Rd., Wood Dale, Ill. (630) 238-8261, and 800 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village, Ill. (847) 437-9555.

The Sweet Baby Ray's gang will even be displaying their winning trophies at the Wood Dale location, and in two weeks the hardware will be moved to the Elk Grove Village location.

To learn more, visit http://www.sbrbbq.com/.

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