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Rib Cook-Off

2021 Rachel Determan Memorial

Rib Cook Off Winners


Vintage Car Show:

Principal’s Choice – 1966 Ford Bronco owned by Mike & Katie Wofford

Rachel’s Choice – 1956 Chevy Del Ray owned by Ron and Vickie Purdy

Shamrock Choice Award – 1965 Ford Mustang owned by Jim & Emily Stange


Best Ribs:

First Place – Diamond BBQ sponsored by the Fernandez Family

Second Place – Coaches Choice sponsored by Yuma Investment Group Wealth Management

Third Place – The Smith Fila Law Firm sponsored by The Smith Fila Law Firm

Fourth Place – Fern’s Semi-Famous BBQ by Fern’s BBQ


Best Side Dishes:

First Place – Apple Crisp by the Trash Diner sponsored by Republic Services

Second Place – Hawaiian BBQ Beans – ADRP & NRA Racks sponsored by ADRP & NRA Racks

Third Place – Mexican Street Corn - Bar N Cue sponsored by the Richardson Family

Fourth Place – - A & A Auto Sales sponsored by A & A Auto Sales

Billy Lee Team Spirit Award for awesome service:

Ram’s Rib Shack sponsored by Ram Pest


The teams were judged in a blind taste test by six judges.  The team numbers or judging order are drawn and assigned randomly.   The 2021 judges tasted 20 ribs and 20 side dishes.  The judges score the teams based appearance, taste and texture.  The judging panel is changed up a bit every year to ensure a fresh perspective.   Rib Cook Off teams are allowed to opt out of judging if they desire. 

Special thanks to our six judges in 2021: Chef Casey Knolle of The Angry Crab, Chef Ramsey Love of the Angry Crab, Leslie McClendon- City of Yuma Vice Mayor, Rob Fram - KYMA, Chef Alex Trujillo of The Patio and Jorge Urbieta - YCHS Alumni.