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Hogs for the Cause raises $1.3 million, names winners

Top barbecue dishes and fundraisers



Nearly 30,000 people flocked to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena for the ninth annual Hogs for the Cause ( The festival featured 90 teams serving barbecue and raising funds for families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. The two-day event raised $1.3 million, organizers said.

  The festival's Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook Off presented by Children's Hospital offers awards in categories including Grand Champion, Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Best Sauce, Fan Favorite, Blue Plate Best Side, Best Booth, Friday Night Party and Fundraising Champion.

  Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; was named Grand Champion. Second place went to Frey Smoked Meat Co. (4141 Bienville St., Suite 110, 504-488-7427; The fundraising champion was Fleur de Que, which raised more than $225,000.

  Winners included:

  • Whole Hog: Mr. Pigglesworth

  • Ribs: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

  • Pork Butt/Shoulder: Mississippi Bacon Association

  • Porkpourri: Pork City BBQ (for Green Curry Boudin)

  • Best Sauce: Aporkalypse Now

  • Fan Favorite: Mr. Pigglesworth

  • Blue Plate Mayonnaise Best Side: Stand Up and Snout

  • Best Booth: House of Hogs

  • Friday Night Party: The Boar's Nest

  The teams Fleur De Que, The Boar's Nest and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q each raised more than $100,000. Piggy Stardust and Mr. Pigglesworth raised more than $50,000. Puerco Rico, Deuce Pigalow Pork Gigolo and Hog Dat Nation each raised more than $40,000, and March of the Pigs and Captain Porkenheimer raised more than $30,000:

  Organizers moved the festival to the UNO Lakefront Arena grounds after torrential rains rendered New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds a mud pit last year.

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