by Sarah Baird
Hogs for the Cause, New Orleans' annual springtime barbecue extravaganza benefiting pediatric brain cancer research, will expand to Charleston, South Carolina this fall with a barbecue celebration Oct. 4.
Charleston's event will be much smaller than the two-day party New Orleans pork lovers wait for year-round. It will feature 6 to 8 South Carolina pitmasters in a non-competitive atmosphere instead of the 90-plus pitmasters we saw at this year's competition in New Orleans City Park. The full list of participating barbecue teams and musical acts will be announced in coming weeks.
"There's such a huge barbecue world out there, and we've been giving grants in South Carolina for three or four years so it's time to get the people involved," said Hogs for the Cause's Rene Louapre. "If New Orleans, which traditionally doesn't have a huge barbecue scene, can support the event, a place like South Carolina will definitely welcome it."
While no definite plans are in the works for additional expansion, Louapre said Hogs is eying a possible westward move into Texas or around the Kansas City area.