Mokena Group Wins Frankfort Amateur Rib Cook-Off (Video)

The Full Slabs took place at the village's annual event over the weekend. Watch interviews of the winners and highlights from the cook-off.

Last year, Rob Rekosh didn't leave the Frankfort Amateur Rib Cook-Off empty-handed. The BMW technician from Mokena and his four-person cooking crew, The Full Slabs, won the Crowd Pleaser Award, which is voted on by the attendees of the event.

This year, though, Rekosh wanted to place a little higher. And he got his wish: The Full Slab took home the top spot in the cook-off.


Around 400 people turned out to the event in the parking lot Saturday, Aug. 4, to taste—and vote on—the ribs cooked by 16 competitors coming from as far as Huntley. Proceeds from the event go to the Frankfort Area Jaycees and the Frankfort Lions Club, two of the organizations that sponsored the cook-off along with the .

The winners of the cook-off were:

  • First place: The Full Slabs from Mokena
  • Second place: S'Mokena from New Lenox
  • Third place: Metalli-Que from Mokena
  • Crowd Pleaser Award: South Side Pit Men from Oak Forest

This was the first time competing in the event for S'Mokena and Metalli-Que. .


The judges for the event were Frankfort Village Clerk Bob Kennedy, State President of the Jaycees Joanne Rinaldo and Frankfort Area Jaycees President Shelly Tryon.

Check out the video in the media gallery for interviews with Rekosh, the judges and Steve Kwasiborski of the South Side Pit Men, as well as highlights from the cook-off.


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Frankfort Resident August 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I really wish there was more advertising on this. I did not know about it and have gone to it in years past. It seems like the frankfort area jaycees have not been up to speed on advertising their events as much as they use to a few years back. I remember the first time they did the rib coof off there was advertising EVERYWHERE and EVERYONE knew about it. I guess it is different people running the organization now.
Christina August 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Could you please give us the booth numbers of all of the winners. There were so many there that we could not remember the names of all of them but we remember the numbers of the two that we liked the best. We enjoyed the rib cook-off this year. We went the 1st year and it was a disaster but it looks like they have worked out the kinks. The only problem this year was that 3 contestants ran out before we had a chance to try their ribs and we started shortly after 1PM. Based on the number of people there and eating it felt like they were serving before 1PM.
Joe Vince (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
@Christina: Here are the booth numbers for the winners: 1st Place: The Full Slabs, Booth #1 2nd Place: S’Mokena, Booth #16 3rd Place: Metalli-Que, Booth #6 Crowd Pleaser: South Side Pit Men, Booth #9 Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort


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