The third-annual Rib-A-Que Smoke-Out was scheduled to pit pitmaster against pitmaster in the parking lot of Wicker Park’s Moonshine on Saturday, rain or shine, and though skies hovered closer to the former, we spotted plenty of smiles from finger-licking patrons. Folks chased baby backs prepped by pros (Honky Tonk BBQ, Sheffield’s) and amateurs alike with house brews while bands the Carpetbaggers and the Hoyle Brothers played on. In the end, two tong wielders came out on top: Top Shelf BBQ, a.k.a. the amateurs Paul Samojluk and Brian Milacek, nabbed the judges’ nod, while the cookoff’s cosponsor, Socca, took the popular vote. Browse our photos below.
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