Standings for Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest through Aug. 20; results hidden final week

August 21, 2018

Standings for Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest through Aug. 20; results hidden final week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – One week remains before we crown the winner of Cleveland’s Best Barbecue. Who wins depends on you, the readers. You have exactly one week left to vote for your favorite BBQ joint from the 20 finalists.

There’s plenty of time remaining so be sure to support your go-to spot with your vote every day.

Below are the latest overall standings, updated through the Monday, Aug. 20 poll. A new poll begins each day at 9 a.m. We encourage you to vote daily. Remember, votes must come from the United States.

New: We’re hiding the poll results beginning today for the rest of the contest to increase suspense.

Ol’Chefski’s BBQ in Aurora continues to maintain its lead over Blazin Bills in Burton. These two places have managed to stay in the top two spots throughout this contest but that doesn’t mean others can’t take over the No. 1 or 2 spot. Who will end up taking the title? Your votes will decide.

The latest Top 20 standings with rounded percentage of overall votes:

Ol’Chefski’s BBQ, Aurora (26.67 percent of total votes since the Aug. 20 poll)Blazin Bills, Burton (18.23 percent)Sides to Go! BBQ, Macedonia (12.26 percent)Oak and Embers Tavern, Chesterland (7.83 percent)Burnside Barbecue, Kent (5.43 percent)Smokin Q’s BBQ, Mayfield (5.27 percent)Ohio City BBQ, Cleveland (4.85 percent)Butch’s Saloon, North Royalton (2.59 percent)Landmark, Cleveland (2.45 percent)Lager Heads Smokehouse, Medina (2.15 percent)Maple City Taps & Eatery, Chardon (2.15 percent)Butcher’s Pantry, Solon (2.12 percent)Big B’s Bar-B-Que, Lyndhurst (1.78 percent)Woodstock BBQ, Lakewood (1.28 percent)The Proper Pig Smokehouse, Lakewood (1.06 percent)Samosky’s Homestyle Pizzeria, Valley City (.95 percent)The Morehouse, Willoughby (.89 percent)Open Pitt Barbeque Carryout, Cleveland (.72 percent)Barabicu Smokehouse, Parma (.67 percent)Mabel’s BBQ, Cleveland (.64 percent)

Related: Join us during our 20 visits (see schedule for dates and times).

How to vote

Love BBQ? Want to see your favorite place take home the win? Be sure to vote every day through Aug. 28. The winner will be announced in a live broadcast on cleveland.com’s Facebook page later that day.

As noted above, a new poll begins every day at 9 a.m. cleveland.com will tally each day’s votes and will publish periodic updates on voting totals dating back to Day 1. While a new poll begins daily at 9 a.m., voting in the most recent poll ends at 8:59 a.m.

Please be certain to scroll all the way to the bottom of the poll and click submit. In order for your vote to be counted, you need to enter a captcha code and your email address, and confirm your email address from the message you receive in your inbox Reminder: Votes must come from the United States.

What’s next?

Cleveland’s Best reporters Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriguez, manager Kristen Davis and celebrity host/comedian Mike Polk continue to visit each of the 20 finalists over the next couple of weeks.

At each of the 20 visits we will bring you full reports on the food -- which will include taste test reviews -- and plenty of photos and videos.

Check out reports and food reviews from BBQ spots we have already visited:

Watching his mother cook inspired pit master to open Big B’s Bar-B-Que

Friends trade fine dining experiences for southern BBQ at Burnside Barbecue

Century-old general store now houses BBQ hotspot Lager Heads Smokehouse: Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest

Oak and Embers found its barbecue voice in Carolina tradition

You won’t believe the tasty BBQ that comes out of this shed at Ol’Chefskis in Aurora

Award-winning Samosky’s Pizzeria serves up amazing BBQ: Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest

Southern hospitality complements the down home fare at Sides To Go! BBQ

Who knew tortillas and salsa go so well with BBQ: Smokin Q’s review for Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest

Congratulations again to the 20 finalists. Which of them will our readers ultimately decide has Cleveland’s Best Barbecue? Keep voting to see your favorite take home the victory!

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