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Awards

About the Awards

Jazz & Rib Fest presents awards in six different categories selected by two distinguished panels of judges. The Critics’ Choice, All-Ohio Champion and Best Sauce Awards are determined by a panel of barbeque experts, including chefs and certified BBQ Judges from the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The Big Whigs’ Awards are selected by a panel of judges comprised of local celebrities, media personalities and festival sponsors.

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Awards! Ballots are available at the ABC 6 / Fox 28 Pavilion, information tent, first aid, and beverage locations.

Who knows how to control fire and smoke better than the men and women of the Columbus Division of Fire? The Columbus Division of Fire will present the Silver Axe Award – a unique, handcrafted axe that was created exclusively for Jazz & Rib Fest.

Winners will be announced at all stages and trophies will be awarded Sunday at 6 p.m. at the American Electric Power Stage.

 
2014 Winners

Critics’ Choice

Champion – Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
2nd Place – Jack on the Bone (Massillon, OH)
3rd Place – Bad Wolf Barbecue (Toronto, Ontario)

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

Jack on the Bone (Massillon, OH)

Big Whigs’ Award

Champion – Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
2nd Place – Armadillo’s (Youngstown, OH)
3rd Place – BBQ Masters (Stockbridge, GA)

People’s Choice

Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge, IL)

Best Sauce

Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)

Columbus Division of Fire Silver Axe Award

Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)

2013 Winners

Critics’ Choice

Champion – Texas Outlaws BBQ (Elizabethtown, KY)
2nd Place – Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
3rd Place – BBQ Masters (Stockbridge, Georgia)

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbeque (Mansfield, OH)

Big Whigs’ Award

Champion – Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
2nd Place – Famous Dave’s (Plymouth, Minnesota)
3rd Place – Texas Outlaws BBQ (Elizabethtown, KY)

People’s Choice

Chicago Barbeque Company (Burr Ridge, IL)

Best Sauce

Porky N’ Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL)

Columbus Division of Fire Silver Axe Award

Pigfoot BBQ Co. (West Salem, OH)

2012 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Johnson’s BBQ (Chesapeake, VA)
2. Cowboy’s BBQ Company (Weatherford, TX)
3. Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC)

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

1. Jack on the Bone (Massillon, OH)
2. Armadillo’s (Youngstown, OH)

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Armadillo’s (Youngstown, OH)
2. Jack on the Bone (Massillon, OH)

People’s Choice

1. Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge, IL)
2. Big Boned BBQ Co. (Malta, IL)

Best Sauce

Willingham’s BBQ (Memphis, TN)

2011 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Blazin’ Bronco BBQ (Port St.Lucie, FL)
2. Texas Thunder BBQ (Bolingbrook, IL)
3. Mojo’s Rib Shack (Diamond, OH)

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

1. Mojo’s Rib Shack (Diamond, OH)
2. Smokin’ Joes Ribs (Columbus, OH)

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Blazin’ Bronco BBQ (Port St.Lucie, FL)
2. Jack on the Bone International Rib Team (Massillon, OH)

People’s Choice

1. Big Boned BBQ Co. (Malta, IL)
2. Chicago Barbeque Company (Burr Ridge, IL)

Best Sauce

Texas Thunder BBQ (Bolingbrook, IL)

2010 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Mojo’s Rib Shack (Diamond, Ohio)
2. Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)
3. BBQ Masters (Stockbridge, Georgia)

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

1. Mojo’s Rib Shack (Diamond, Ohio)
2. Smokin’ Joe’s Ribs (Columbus, Ohio)

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Butch’s BBQ (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey)
2. Smokin’ Joe’s Ribs (Columbus, Ohio)

People’s Choice

1. Big Boned BBQ, Co. (Malta, Illinois)
2. Texas Outlaws BBQ (Elizabethtown, Kentucky)

Best Sauce

Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)

2009 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Butch’s BBQ (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey)
2. Armadillo’s (Youngstown, Ohio)
3. Big Boned BBQ, Co. (Malta, Illinois)

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. Smokin’ Joe’s Ribs (Columbus, Ohio)
2. Open Hands Catering (Columbus, Ohio)

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)
2. Cowboy’s BBQ & Rib Co. (Weatherford, Texas)

People’s Choice

1. Big Boned BBQ, Co. (Malta, Illinois)
2. Butch’s BBQ (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey)

Best Sauce

Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)

2008 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)
2. Desperado’s (Hinkley, Ohio)
3. Johnson’s BBQ (Chesapeake, Virginia)

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. Smokin’ Joe’s Ribs (Columbus, Ohio)
2. Open Hands Catering (Columbus, Ohio)

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Porky N’ Beans (Port St.Lucie, Florida)
2. Famous Dave’s (Plymouth, Minnesota)

People’s Choice

1. Butch’s BBQ (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey)
2. Famous Dave’s (Plymouth, Minnesota)

Best Sauce

Armadillo’s (Youngstown, Ohio)

2007 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Porky N Beans
2. Famous Dave’s
3. Schmidt’s of German Village

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. Schmidt’s of German Village
2. J & J Catering

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Smokin’ Joe’s Ribs
2. D.D. Stutz

People’s Choice

1. Famous Dave’s
2. Open Hands Catering

2006 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Armadillo’s
2. Porky N Beans
3. Famous Dave’s

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. J & J Catering
2. Smokin’ Joe’s

Big Whigs’ Award

1. D.D. Stutz
2. Smoke Shack

People’s Choice

1. Famous Dave’s
2. Butch’s

2005 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Johnson’s BBQ
2. Peanut’s Hickory Smoked BBQ
3. Texas Outlaw

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. Smoke Shack
2. J & J Catering

Big Whigs’ Award

1. Pigfoot BBQ Company
2. Cowboy BBQ

People’s Choice

1. Network Restaurant
2. Smokin’ Joe’s

2004 Winners

Critics’ Choice

1. Johnson’s BBQ
2. Smokin Joe’s
3. Countrymen BBQ

Critics’ Hometown Choice

1. Smokin Joe’s
2. Smoke Shack
3. Open Hands Ministry

Big Whigs’ Pig Award

1. Johnson’s BBQ
2. Smoke Shack
3. Chicago BBQ

People’s Choice

1. Cowboy BBQ
1. Texas Outlaw BBQ
2. Rib-Bins
3. Smokin Joe’s