What do you get when you mix a moonshine festival, with a chili cookoff, ride-in motorcycle and rat rod show, nightly campfire parties and onsite camping? Mix in a handful of arts & crafts vendors selling amazing handmade, homemade and unique items, and you get “SHINETOBERFEST”.

SHINETOBERFEST is an annual festival held in October at the Saddle Sore Ranch off of Route 66 in Mohave County, AZ. It is a three day campout featuring live entertainment, games, activities, vendors, bonfires, campfire parties, contests, a chili cookoff and more… This a 21 and up ONLY event.

Bring a batch of your best moonshine and/or a pot of your best chili, and you could win some cold hard cash!!! Entrants to the moonshine and chili competitions must provide one mason jar of their moonshine or chili for judging, and at least one more mason jar to pass around the campfire. Some get pretty authentic with their moonshine distilling recipes, while others will make flavored Everclear “moonshine”. Whatever it is you make, BRING IT.

As seen below, passing a couple jars of your best homemade ‘shine around the campfire is NOT illegal in Arizona. However, SELLING ‘shine is illegal.

The host location, Saddle Sore Ranch, offers tent camping, cage parking and a limited number of RV and camper spots. However, as we say at the Ranch, “our only hook-ups are between consenting adults”. SSR features a large outdoor pavillion, multiple fire pits, bonfire pit, horseshoe pits, bbq grills and a colossal smoker known as “Smokezilla”. Oh yeah, and we almost forgot to mention that they have the “World’s Largest Outdoor Stripper Pole”.

The seclusion is part of the appeal at the Saddle Sore Ranch. It allows us to have a great time, and make amazing memories, without disturbing any neighbors and without having nosey neighbors disturb us. To date, we have had thousands of people at the ranch, from around the world. They come on motorcycles, trikes, cars, trucks, rv’s, motorhomes, etc.

Golf Carts and ATV’s are welcome at the Saddle Sore Ranch too!!


WARNING: Neither Shinetoberfest, Biker Atlas, Saddle Sore Ranch, nor any of it’s owners, staff, partners, sponsors or affiliates are responsible for:

  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Old Lady in wrong tent
  • Old Man in wrong tent
  • Pregnancies
  • Weddings
  • Divorces
  • Lost Spouses
  • Lost Property
  • Lost Virginity




  • 10-12 slices of smoked bacon (diced)
  • 3 lbs. ground chuck
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons house seasoning
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 1 yellow pepper (diced)
  • 2 green peppers (diced)
  • 1 purple onion
  • 2 sweet onions
  • 4 cups beef broth/stock
  • 1 shot glass of American Rebel Moonshine
  • 2  28 oz. cans  crushed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 8 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2  7 oz. cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 quart tomato sauce
  • 3 cups kidney beans
  • 4 squares baking chocolate
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tablespoons corn meal


Brown and render the fat out of your bacon in large stock pot.  Drain the bacon fat for future use.  Place bacon in bowl, add ground chuck, smoked paprika, house seasoning, onions and peppers in stock pot.

Drain your beef mixture once cooked and return to pot along with the kidney beans.  Add back the bacon,  beef stock, shine or whiskey, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, green chilies, tomato paste and tomato sauce and cook at a low simmer for 1 hour.  Now add chocolate, cinnamon sticks and corn meal to the chili, cover and let simmer an additional hour.

Garnish with some green onions and cheese and enjoy.