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Dan Armstrong says the City of Venice’s ribs are made with love.

PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Dan Armstrong says the City of Venice’s ribs are made with love.

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Firehouses arrived as early as 6 a.m. to start their smoking ribs.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Firehouses arrived as early as 6 a.m. to start their smoking ribs.

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Joni Walker, Amy Brooks and Natalie Shrek pick up some ribs.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Joni Walker, Amy Brooks and Natalie Shrek pick up some ribs.

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Doug Brett pulls out a rack of ribs from St. Cedar Hammock's Smokersaurus.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Doug Brett pulls out a rack of ribs from St. Cedar Hammock's Smokersaurus.

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Kevin Vreeland of St. Cedar Hammock firehouse says the secret to their recipe is “sweet heat.”

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Kevin Vreeland of St. Cedar Hammock firehouse says the secret to their recipe is “sweet heat.”

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Payton Snyder, Hayden Taylor, Julia Jekonski and Ethan Snyder hang out behind Station 1 of downtown Sarasota.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Payton Snyder, Hayden Taylor, Julia Jekonski and Ethan Snyder hang out behind Station 1 of downtown Sarasota.

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Volunteer firefighter, Taylor Smith, helps Helaine Yedkoin to sauce.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Volunteer firefighter, Taylor Smith, helps Helaine Yedkoin to sauce.

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Station 16 offered guests a variety of secret homemade sauces including “Feeling Lucky.”

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Station 16 offered guests a variety of secret homemade sauces including “Feeling Lucky.”

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Catherine McDonnell helps daughter, Francesca, keep her hands clean.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Catherine McDonnell helps daughter, Francesca, keep her hands clean.

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Justin and Debbie Kiner

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Justin and Debbie Kiner

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Ltn. Hollins and Bill Manning of Sarasota Station 7A are Ltn. Dan and Forrest Gump.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Ltn. Hollins and Bill Manning of Sarasota Station 7A are Ltn. Dan and Forrest Gump.

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Lacey Currier, Ryelee Lococo and Alyssa Currier finish their plate of ribs.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Lacey Currier, Ryelee Lococo and Alyssa Currier finish their plate of ribs.

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Bob and Bryan Combs say Station 16’s ribs are really good.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Bob and Bryan Combs say Station 16’s ribs are really good.

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Jaxon Cail tries his first rib.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Jaxon Cail tries his first rib.

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Tom Cail teaches son, Jaxon, how to eat ribs.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Tom Cail teaches son, Jaxon, how to eat ribs.

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Erin Atkinson welcomes Jackson Brock to the Volunteer firefighter’s tent The Spice is Right.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Erin Atkinson welcomes Jackson Brock to the Volunteer firefighter’s tent The Spice is Right.

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Tegan Hoffman bites into a rib.

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Tegan Hoffman bites into a rib.

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Beau Bailey

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 |

Beau Bailey

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