Winning recipe from Rib Cook-Off

Competitors grill their ribs to win the title of champion.Mary Stringini | The Queens Chronicle

Competitors grill their ribs to win the title of champion.

Last Sunday, Queens held its first ever Rib Cook-Off contest to get students excited for the Super Bowl. Three teams entered Queens’ first-ever rib cooking contest to compete for the title of champion. A panel of three judges tasted all of the ribs to determine the winning team, deciding upon the team consisting of Mary Stringini, Nicole Hoff, Evan Farkas and Alison Charland. You can find the recipe for the winning ribs below.


Rib Cook-Off Champion BBQ Ribs Recipe

The winning ribsMary Stringini | The Queens Chronicle






Ingredients and Materials:

  • Edged cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot mitts
  • Tongs
  • Trivet (unless your countertop is granite)
  • Rufus Teague “Blazin’ Hot” BBQ sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Take your ribs out of the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes or until room temperature.
  3. Mix salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl to create rub.
  4. Spread the rub mixture generously over the entire surface of the ribs (back and front) and the edges of the rack.
  5. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place ribs on the foil and cover loosely (tent) to provide ventilation by pressing the foil around the edges.
  6. Bake in oven for three hours. The slower you bake the ribs, the more tender they will be. They are done when they are fork-tender, falling off the bone.
  7. Preheat the grill to medium (about 350 degrees).
  8. Remove from oven and slather with sauce.
  9. Grill ribs meat-side-up for about 30 minutes.  Apply extra sauce and turn once to slightly crisp meat; avoid burning.
  10. Serve with extra sauce on the side.



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