Naperville Ribfest Celebrates 27 Years

The 27th annual Naperville Ribfest is connecting those who love to eat with great causes that help those in need. Besides great food, Ribfest also highlights a variety of music. And new this year, organizers are putting on the first-ever “Hispanic Day” on Saturday, July 5.

All the proceeds from Ribfest are going to support the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence. ABC7 is a media sponsor.

Don Emery, Ribfest marketing and PR, and Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub’s in Westmont and one of 12 rib vendors at the Ribfest, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to tell us about the event and to show a delicious rib recipe.

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Mark Link’s recipe: Uncle Bub’s Award-Winning St. Louis Rib Recipe


1 Slab of St. Louis Ribs (approximately 2-2.25lbs)
1 table spoon of lemon juice
1 ounce of Uncle Bub’s Award Winning Rib Loving BBQ Rub
Or you can make a similar rub at home with:
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Hungarian paprika
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup apple juice


  1. Remove the silver skin on the bottom of the slab of ribs. Trim ribs by removing any excess fat (not too much, you’ll need that fat for the smoking process).
  2. Apply lemon juice to both sides of the ribs by gently rubbing it in.
  3. Mix together ingredients for the rub and apply a “medium to heavy coating” to the meat side of the ribs and a “light to medium coating” on the bone side of the ribs.
  4. Smoke/cook ribs meat side up for approximately 3.5 hrs at 225 degrees.
  5. Prepare a sheet of foil for each slab with 1/2 cup apple juice.
  6. Remove from smoker/oven and place ribs meat side down on apple juice/foil. Pour remaining apple juice onto the backside of the ribs and wrap tightly.
  7. Return to smoker/oven for approximately 1.5 hours.
  8. Pull out, remove foil and glaze with your favorite BBQ sauce; we use Uncle Bub’s Award winning original sauce.