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3rd Annual S.A.L. Rib Cook Off

July 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Welcome to the Annual S.A.L Rib Cook-Off which will be held on Saturday July 11, 2019 on the legion grounds and pavilion. The goal this year, is to raise money for the Illinois Veterans home in Manteno, and also to have a great time doing it!! Last year $9,043 was raised for The Home thanks to all of you! We are also asking for Sponsors at various levels (please see below) if you know a local business that would like to be recognized during this event. Contestants need to pre-register & have paid $80 cash entry fee plus $10 for each additional slab you plan to cook (registration has been extended to by June 22nd). Prizes will include cash (TBD) and a trophy to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers!


All teams in the Rib Cook-Off will be provided 3 slabs of pork baby-back ribs included in your entry fee. All accepted entries are to be cooked on premises during the time frame allotted, and in your team’s designated cooking area. You may season or prepare your ribs as your team sees fit. Cooking can be done on your choice of grill, smoker, or by any other medium. Note: there is very limited electricity. We will provide these to the first teams that request them at registration. After that please provide your own small generator.



  1. Each team will consist of a Team Captain and as many assistants as the Team Captain deems necessary.
  2. Each team will provide a grill/smoker or other medium to be used exclusively by that team within the confines of the teams cooking space.
  3. Each team will bring their own seasonings, sauces & cooking equipment/ utensils.
  4. Small “easy-up” tents are recommended for shade or rain 12’X 12’ MAX. (trust us, it’s a smart idea!)
  5. Contestants must adhere to all electrical, fire, health & other codes whether local, county, state, or federal
  6. Ribs will be distributed to teams shortly after 9:30 am
  7. All Liquor sales must be conducted through the American Legion after 11:00 a.m. and no person under the age of 21 may consume any alcohol on the property.
  8. Each team is solely responsible for observing meat/cooking temperatures as well as proper sanitary conditions.
  9. Turn in boxes will be provided, garnish is not. Acceptable garnish includes lettuce (all varieties), cilantro, or flat leaf/Italian parsley.


Time Line:

9:00am- Registration

9:30-10:00am-  Team Meeting, Stars Spangled Banner, & Ribs will be distributed

10:00am- Cooking begins

11:00 am- Bar opens!!

4:30pm (sharp!)- TURN IN TIME

5:00pm- Raffle winners announced

5:45pm (aprox.)- Awards Presentation


Judging Overview & Criteria:

  1. Blind Judging containers will be handed out at 1:30p.m.
  2. Each team must prepare one sample per judge (3-6 judges)
  3. Anything placed in the container that is not acceptable garnish will result in disqualification
  4. Entries will be scored on appearance, aroma, taste, tenderness, moisture and overall impression. Each category will be scored (0-10) and overall impression (0-25) highest total points wins
  5. Entries must be delivered to the judging location by 4:30pm SHARP!

How to Sponsor this Event:

Dear hopeful sponsors,

We, The Sons of the Legion are very excited to host the 3rd annual Rib Cook-Off to Tom E. Hartung American Legion Post 1977 in New Lenox, IL on Saturday July 11th, 2020.

Our organization is committed to raising funds throughout the year that support our veterans.  This cook-off is open for public attendance and participation. Our goal this year and every year is to raise funds for the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, Il.

We are proud to make you aware of our success at last years’ rib cook-off as $9,043 was raised for this great cause, in part due to our wonderful local sponsors and the participation of many fellow patriots. Our proceeds have purchased 2 new Samsung refrigerator/ freezers used in the recreation hall for the Veterans home and wheelchair assist recliners. This past Christmas we purchased gifts for an entire wing including items that they need but the State will not fund. Additionally, we provide various social events throughout the year to the over 290 residents.

We would like to invite you to partner with us in this great event.  We are asking for Sponsorships in the form of a donation which can promote your local business or honor a loved one. We are offering various levels of support. We are also in need of donation items to raffle off that will also promote your business.

100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to help our local veterans who have served our Country so courageously. We ask for your help in our efforts, and look forward to seeing you there.

Your contribution can be made with a check payable to S.A.L (please state “rib cook off sponsor 2020”) in the memo) mailed to or dropped off at:

American Legion Post 1977

14414 Ford Dr,

New Lenox, Il, 60451


Nick & Rich McGuire

Sons of the Legion post 1977

Questions? Please TEXT Nick McGuire at (815)409-6885

Email: ribcookoff1977@gmail.com


July 11, 2020
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


New Lenox American Legion
14414 W. Ford Drive
New Lenox, 60451
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