Annual Show Us Your Ribface Photo Contest

July 4 is the official ribs holiday so I invite you to post pictures of people eating ribs and compete for some very cool prizes. Below are the prizes and contest rules. Contest runs all year and ends July 31. Take photos of someone eating ribs and post them in the comments section below. Make sure to select the option that notifies you if I reply to your post so you will know if you won.

You must have cooked the ribs in the picture outdoors sometime in the calendar year using one of our recipes as a guide. You don't have to follow the recipe precisely. Please tell us how you cooked the ribs and what tools you cooked with, especially if you did something fun and creative.

Amateur photographers only. Our definition of an amateur is anyone who has not been paid for a photograph in the past year. You're on the honor system. Past winners are not eligible to win but are encouraged to submit new pix and show off. The prizes will be awarded solely on the merits of the photo as determined by Yours Truly. I have a Masters in Fine Arts and have in the past made my living as a professional photographer.

Employees of, vendors, customers, advertisers, and the immediate families of any of these people are not eligible for prizes. Because many countries have wierd rules about contests and complying with each can cost us up to $3,000, and because shipping outside the US can be prohibitively expensive. You must be a US resident to win.

By entering you solemnly swear that you have adhered to these rules, and you agree to let us use your photo as we see fit on this website, in our newsletter, in books, or to promote this website and books.

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Past Winners

Oh brother am I sorry I ever dreamed up this contest! Judging them is almost impossible. For our Pretty Bird Contest (Thanksgiving turkeys) my job is much easier. A great photo of a great looking bird is easy to judge. But this is all about fun and how can I judge fun from here? So here's what I did. I went through the entries and picked the ones that made me laugh and smile the most. I leaned toward pix that seemed to be the most spontaneous, candid, and unposed. That's pretty hard to judge, admittedly. All of the winners were pix of kids. Admit it, they're just too much fun. I ended up with four winners instead of three, so fourth place will get a signed copy of my book. But I really should have selected 12 winners. What fun! And thanks for the smiles!

First Prize

Edward A. Bouquillon. He says "Big Green Egg. Big Head Ed Base rub and sugars, drizzled with honey and foiled with butter and apple juice." Yeah, but the winner was the model, Grandaughter Nyah, not the rib!


His prizes:

  • ThermoWorks Smoke is a very cool device with a transmitter attached to two probes and a remote receiver that you can put in your pocket or hang from a lanyard around your neck and carry up to 300 feet away while you watch the game or cut the lawn. Click here to read our complete thorough review of Smoke. A $99 value.


  • GrillGrates prize pack including a three-panel set of grill grates, carrying bag, and their special spatula/tongs. An $85 value.


  • Code3Spices party pack including all five of the Code3Spices rubs and one bottle each of Patriot Sauce and Spicy Patriot Sauce. A $37.45 value.


The book "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling".


Second Prize

Craig Jull. He says "Here's my son. One of Meatheads Memphis Dust fans"


His prizes:


  • ThermoWorks Classic Thermapen. Accurate, fast, and dependable for consistent temperature readings. A $79 value.
  • Three panel set of GrillGrates and special their spatula/tongs ready to cook on. A $ 53 value.
  • Code3Spices prize pack including a 3-pack of spice rubs and one bottle each of Patriot Sauce and Spicy Patriot Sauce a $ 28.95 value.

Third Prize

Robb Walters: "Even our ultra fussy lil one won't turn down MAK smoked piggy bones :)"


His prizes:


  • Code3Spices sauce sampler with one bottle each of Patriot Sauce and Spicy Patriot Sauce. A $10 value.

Fourth Prize

Stacy Lawler didn't have anything to say about her ribs or the subject of the photo, but I'll comment on a nice shiny glaze, great smoke ting, and a sharp knife.


His (her?) prize:

Annual show us your ribface photo contest

Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

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