The Caldwell Fire Department put on its first-annual rib-eating contest Saturday.
Five-pound trays of ribs doused with barbecue sauce were placed in front of contestants—six local firefighters and a police officer—who lined up on the municipal parking deck near town hall in Caldwell.
The contestants were Philip Young of West Caldwell, firefighter, Darren Sinclair of Caldwell, firefighter, Jarred Carlucci of Cedar Grove, firefighter, Mike Kraynanski of Caldwell Police, John Intili of North Caldwell, firefighter, John Kauffman of Essex Fells, firefighter, and Captain Don Jervis, Senior, of the Bloomfield Fire Department.
When the five minutes were up and the trays were re-weighed, the lone officer—Mike Kraynanski—was proclaimed the winner having consumed 1.9 lbs. of ribs.
Those who came to watch the spectacle were able to purchase their own barbecue, play corn hole and hang out with the Hog Wild Hog.
Proceeds from the event were donated to the Caldwell Fire Department.