By: Conner James - MSTv
Additional info from NOLA.com
The BBQ: simply the primal type of outdoor cooking that all men seem to have written into their DNA.
Hogs for a Cause: the ultimate New Orleans BBQ competition of the hunter/gatherer to win the battle and feed most of the flock. And most importantly, doing so for the pride of helping families deal with children suffering from pediatric brain cancer.
In the past five years, the affair has raised almost half a million dollars to help kids and families in crisis. And like previous years, the call for fearless grill-masters has gone out - a call that has been answered by more than 80 teams.
This weekend you can look forward to filling your bellies and helping the cause as well, because New Orleans City Park will be filled with charcoal, wood, lotsa smoke and more beef, pork and chicken that you thought this possible.
The fierce teams may not want to reveal their BBQ secrets, but all hope to bring great food to the crowds and brighter days to a suffering child and their families.
HOGS FOR THE CAUSE A barbecue competition and festival to raise money for families coping with pediatric brain cancer.
Friday, March 22: A new Friday Night Tailgate Experience will open the City Park Festival Grounds from 4 to 11 p.m. The public will be allowed to mingle with the teams as they cook and hold fundraising parties. Drinks and food will be sold. Also on Friday night, the Fatback Collective, an A-team of star chefs, will cook for the new Southern Asado gala dinner, a meal in the style of Argentine meat feasts.
Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.: Professional chefs and backyard barbecue enthusiasts vie for bragging rights and pig-topped trophies in the Ben Sarrat Jr. "High on the Hog" Cookoff. Teams sell samples of their dishes to the public. There also will be live music on two stages.
Where: City Park Festival Grounds.
Cost: Friday Night Tailgate Experience tickets are $5; the Southern Asado gala dinner tickets are $300, and general admission for the barbecue festival and cookoff are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Details: Hogs for the Cause. http://www.hogsforthecause.org/event/.