Hogs for the Cause announces winners, raises $1.3 million

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Blue Oak BBQ took home the win for Grand Champion at this year's Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition and fundraiser. - COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
  • COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
  • Blue Oak BBQ took home the win for Grand Champion at this year's Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition and fundraiser.

Good barbecue sure can draw a crowd. Nearly 30,000 people flocked to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena for Hogs for the Cause, the ninth edition of the barbecue competition and fundraiser.

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, but final numbers are not yet available.

The music lineup featured Shovels & Rope, Futurebirds, Serotones, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, London Souls and others.

Torrential rains rendered last year's event at City Park's festival grounds a mud pit. Weather was kinder to the festival this year, though rains left some mud at the new site.

Fundraising Champions Fleur de Que, raised more than $225,000. - COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
  • COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
  • Fundraising Champions Fleur de Que, raised more than $225,000.

The festival’s competition, the Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook Off presented by Children's Hospital, featured 90 teams competing for 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.

Taking the win for Grand Champion was Mid-City’s Blue Oak BBQ (second place went to Frey Smoked Meat Co.). The fundraising champion was Fleur de Que, which raised more than $225,000.

The full list of winners is below:

Grand Champion: Blue Oak BBQ

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

Fundraising Champion: Fleur de Que, which raised more than $225,000

Teams that raised more than $100,000:
Fleur De Que
The Boar’s Nest
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Teams that raised more than $50,000:
Piggy Stardust
Mr. Pigglesworth

Teams that raised more than $40,000:
Puerco Rico
Deuce Pigalow Pork Gigolo
Hog Dat Nation

Teams that raised more than $30,000:
March of the Pigs
Captain Porkenheimer

Teams that raised more than $20,000:
Frey Smoked Meats
Barbacoa Brotherhood
Swine and Dine Baby
Druids BBQ
Mr. Pig Stuff
Silence of the Ham

Teams that raised more than $10,000:
Blue Oak BBQ
Magnum P.I.G
Sweet Swine O Mine
Swine Krewe
Up In Smoke
Chits and Piggles
Team Company Burger
Pigzani and Hogsociates
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Lard and in Charge
House of Hogs
Messi Swine
Aporkalypse Now
Stand Up and Snout
Ubons

For more information on the festival and winners, visit the Hogs for the Cause website, here.


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