Rock N Ribs 

Aug. 22

Calling all meat lovers! Summer’s almost over, and it’s time to get carnivorous. The eighth annual Rock N Ribs, at the Gallivan Center this weekend, has everything: plates full of hot animal meat, live music, a kid zone, its own mascot (a giant pink pig named Bobby-Q). And, it’s cheap: $5 gets you in, and $3 will get you a sample plate from any vendor.

While competitors aren’t allowed to give out samples of all their food, they’ve all been asked to prepare pulled pork samples and sell them for $1 a cup, with proceeds going to charity. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can still check out the competitors as they set up along Gallivan Avenue Friday night. Look for last year’s rib winner, local team Q4U, to defend their title among some of the country’s best barbecue cooks. This is one weekend to leave all your vegetarian friends at home and channel your inner caveman.

Eighth annual Rock N Ribs @ Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 801-535-6110, Aug. 22, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

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