Gallery: Cambridge: Snapshots from the Third Annual 'Smoke This Rib' Fest

East Side Bar & Grille
East Side Bar & Grille
One of the few true barbecue-style smoked ribs at the fest, the entry from East Side Bar & Grille were smoked in oak.
Down Cambridge Street
Down Cambridge Street
8 blocks of Cambridge Street were closed off for the event, which drew over 5,000 rib-lovers.
Tupelo's Ribs
Tupelo's Ribs
Five-spice rubbed ribs getting finished on the grill before being brushed with a sweet chili glaze.
New Deal Fish Market's Southern-Style Ribs
New Deal Fish Market's Southern-Style Ribs
A traditional Southern-style barbecue rib with a dried chili rub and a sweet, sticky sauce.
New Deal Fish Market's Southern-Style Ribs
New Deal Fish Market's Southern-Style Ribs
New Deal's fibs getting finished over hardwood coal.
Tupelo's Stand
Tupelo's Stand
Advance ticket-holders got a 10-rib punch card pass, which came out to about $2 per rib and guaranteed you a taste. Regulars who just showed up could buy ribs for set prices, though about half way through the festival, ribs were reserved for ticket holders only. But there was plenty of other food to go around. I don't think a single person left without a groaning belly.
Ribs From Olé
Ribs From Olé
Ribs from Olé, before being covered in a peanut mole sauce and packed into grilled corn tortillas.
Moppin' Sauce
Moppin' Sauce
East Side Bar & Grille had the only true mop we spied. I can tell you that in the blind tasting done by the judges, their ribs were good, but a little overwhelmed by a powerfully tangy and sweet sauce, which bumped them out of the top few slots. But in the open crowd-favorite contest, their showmanship and bold flavors brought them the win.
East Side Bar & Grille's Trophy
East Side Bar & Grille's Trophy
East Side Bar & Grille was defending their title for crowd favorite and managed to snag it for the third year running.
Redbones' Smoker
Redbones' Smoker
Redbones is a Davis Square institution, and they had one of the more popular lines at the fest.