The smoke is in the air, the ribs are on the grill and the people are heading downtown.
The 26th Annual Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival is underway at Perry Square. Eight ribbers from all over the U.S. are serving up ribs. They’re vying for titles of best ribs, best sauce and people’s choice. Each one of those teams using their grilling secrets and hoping for a big weekend.
“I got married, so I missed last year, but I decided to come back because I love the people in Erie,” said Genevia Vanderhorst of Carolina Rib King. “We’re having a long wait time because you know when you’re the best, when you’re the best you have to wait for the best,” said Vanderhorst. “We do low and slow, we do five different kinds of wood,” said Jimmy Hill of Blazin’ Bronco BBQ. “It’s a sauce that’s like a sweet and smoky sauce.. Not too hot, sweet with a little bite at the end. Ribs are tender, fall right off the bone.”
There are also vendors and live music. The Rib Fest continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Then again Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.