The best new Iowa State Fair food is the Finisher from Rib Shack

Well, Iowa, the wait is over. The crowned champion for the 2022 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food is The Finisher.

This loaded baked potato extravaganza is crafted by Joni Bell and is available at The Rib Shack behind the Anne & Bill Riley Stage. This massive $10 dish features a baked potato with chopped brisket, smoked pulled pork and The Rib Shack’s famous bacon brisket mac and cheese, topped with barbecue sour cream and garlic butter.

When asked if she was surprised by the win, Bell said, “You never know. I’m never surprised it happens.

“We’re just trying to find something with all of our products on this trailer that we can use… (without having to fit something new alongside something simple). And this potato was the great basis for it. Who would not do that? do you love a great potato?”

The competition was fierce again this year 53 new fair foods announced ahead of the 2022 celebrations. Fair staff narrowed down the list of candidates to 10 top foods. From there, a jury sampled all 10 and selected the top three.

The finisher competed against the OMG Chicken Sandwich, a breaded chicken breast covered in cornflakes and served on a Krispy Kreme donut, and the Pork Picnic in a Cup, featuring layers of grilled pulled pork, baked beans, creamy slaw and a drizzle of barbecue sauce topped with brown sugar pork belly.

From day one through August 15, show attendees could vote online for their choice of People’s Choice’s Best New Food.

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The Iowa State Fair Board will present the Rib Shack for Best New Food Award for The Finisher at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

On Wednesday, the Board of Directors presented the State Fair Bell with the trophy and first place honors in The Rib Shack’s trailer.

After receiving the award, Bell thanked her fans: “Obviously we have a huge following and everyone who comes here appreciates that we try to keep everyone value for money and everything from scratch to do, so we put a lot of effort into what my team is doing here.”

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