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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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 | Catherine McDonnell helps daughter, Francesca, keep her hands clean.

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Justin and Debbie Kiner
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 | Jaxon Cail tries his first rib.

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Tom Cail teaches son, Jaxon, how to eat ribs.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

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.
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 | Tegan Hoffman bites into a rib.

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Beau Bailey
PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 | Beau Bailey

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