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Featured Whole hog on the Lang Fatboy at Hogs For The Cause

73saint

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Spent the last few days down in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. I cook for a team that has competed at this annual, local bbq event called Hogs For The Cause. It’s a big bbq comp where teams raise money to help families of children with pediatric brain cancer, while competing in various bbq/smoking related events. Thousands of people come to listen to great live music and eat plenty of Q for two days a year, with all the proceeds going to such a wonderful cause.
The categories are Boston butt, ribs, and whole hog. You can compete in as many of the main events as you like. And there are several other events, including team fundraising amounts, and specialty dishes, usually using ingredients from big corporate sponsors like Neuskis bacon and Tabasco.
Well this year, like every other, we competed in every event. Proud to say we placed in two big events, top ten in fundraising and 1st place in whole hog. We raised over $80,000 as a team, and the event raised over 3 million dollars!
I bring both of my Langs, my 36 patio and the Fatboy get plenty of use over the two days. This year we had horrible weather, mud and slop everywhere as well as countless other challenges along the way.
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setting up all the equipment Thursday night after work. I was lucky not to be one of the team members that has to set up and break down our structure, but my work comes later. Running the pits for two days, staying up all night Friday and handling the big three meats, prep, box turn ins, etc. is almost more than I can handle! 179EB208-C295-4D3E-970B-6EF12384CA19.jpeg A23E1451-74E1-4803-9AE1-427BD533B7C8.jpeg 5E55E2FA-CA4F-4BC7-9102-77A350E19A45.jpeg
My setup and our wood, which we had delivered to the event. This ended up being a rare luxury because everything was wet. 75FD019E-5756-4818-A509-8C3CE0A46E0B.jpeg 9E78C005-19C0-4C08-B1B1-0EB0A1E4C25C.jpeg
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Whole hog prep and seasoning was a lot of work. I watched a few videos and had a pretty good plan so I just focused and worked as hard as possible to follow through.

Hog took right at 12 hours running 225-240 most of the night, uncovered in a steady rain. I basted every few hours and stayed up all night as the rains turned into downpours. I started my comp butts late at night so no pics of that cook.
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Hog looked really nice, only got one or two pics on the pit. 110lbs on the hoof
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We were so slammed and spread thin we barely got pics of the rib cook, butt cook or box preps but I did my best.
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Our shoulder box and whole hog box. It’s funny, we felt most confident about the butt and ribs. But our goal was to win an event, or at least get a call so when we got the call for 1st place whole hog, out of over 80 teams, needless to say, we were overjoyed!


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what am incredible feeling to get the call on stage for something you love doing so much, and for such a great cause.

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the Fatboy with her first piece of hardware!!
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Celebrating the win. Exhausted, elated and slightly intoxicated.
What a weekend!
 

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TGRIMMOSU#1

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Sounds like a great time! Especially for the cause! Congrats on the whole hog and all the money raised! That's awesome!
 

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Congratulations on a job well done. You guys raised a huge amount for a great cause. My hat is off to you and the team. Placing first is also amazing. Congrats.
 

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Sounds like a great time! Especially for the cause! Congrats on the whole hog and all the money raised! That's awesome!
Thanks TGrim! Yes was a great time and you really get a great feeling when you raise money for such a good cause.
That's awesome!!!
Thanks jax!
Congratulations on a job well done. You guys raised a huge amount for a great cause. My hat is off to you and the team. Placing first is also amazing. Congrats.
Thank you Flatbroke. That Fatboy is no joke!
 

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Something you enjoy and a good cause! That is legendary. Way to go raising 80K! Oh and the whole hog win is impressive too.
 

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Thats just Too Cool! Congrats on Whole Hog, even in the most adverse conditions. You will likely take ALL the events in Nice Weather!!!...JJ
 

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Great cause and a great job way to go :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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you guys should be proud cooking for such a great cause and some great looking food.
 

73saint

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Something you enjoy and a good cause! That is legendary. Way to go raising 80K! Oh and the whole hog win is impressive too.
Thanks bigfurm!
Awesome!
"You get more when you give!"
Good Job Rob!!
Thank you Keith, I agree with that!
Thats just Too Cool! Congrats on Whole Hog, even in the most adverse conditions. You will likely take ALL the events in Nice Weather!!!...JJ
Thanks chefjimmy!
Great Job Saint and congratulations

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Thank you chris!
Great cause and a great job way to go :emoji_thumbsup:
Thanks piney!
you guys should be proud cooking for such a great cause and some great looking food.
I appreciate that, smokerjim!
Congrats. Good cause and fraught through some PITA!
Thanks smokin up north!
 

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Sounds like a great time for a great cause! Even with the sloppy weather everything looks great!
Jim
 

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Only word to say here is AWESOME.
A great project and I'm sure a great feeling for supporting a wonderful project whether you win or not.
One of life's great satisfactions is helping those in need.

Warren
 

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Hog looks amazing Rob! Congrats on a win but most importantly raising a heck of alot of money to help others. Nice work all around bud
 

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Nice job on the hog!
And the ribs look fantastic too!
Congrats on the win, you sure deserved it!
Al
 

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Grats on the 1st place trophy, and all for a great cause, huge Like! RAY
 

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Congrats!! I think I may have commented on this on Facebook as well. Lang group maybe?
 

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Sounds like a great time for a great cause! Even with the sloppy weather everything looks great!
Jim
Thanks Jim! It was sloppy, there were a TON of pits being pulled out with tractors yesterday, when we went back to the site. Glad I got mine out Saturday night.
Only word to say here is AWESOME.
A great project and I'm sure a great feeling for supporting a wonderful project whether you win or not.
One of life's great satisfactions is helping those in need.

Warren
Thanks Warren. Your right though, it’s an incredible feeling to be a part of something much bigger than any one person. What it’s all about.
Hog looks amazing Rob! Congrats on a win but most importantly raising a heck of alot of money to help others. Nice work all around bud
Thank you Jake. Im lucky to be a part of a team with many talents. It takes a lot more than a good smoker. Some of our teammates have the kind of contacts and relationships that provide fundraising, while others are GCs that dedicate their time and manpower to building, tearing down, on site equipment repair (we have a water tank powered with pumps that allow us to wash dishes, which went down on us this year). I feel lucky to have that kind of support.
Nice job on the hog!
And the ribs look fantastic too!
Congrats on the win, you sure deserved it!
Al
Thanks Al! It’s funny, you were one of the first people that turned me on to Langs. Haven’t looked back since!
Grats on the 1st place trophy, and all for a great cause, huge Like! RAY
Thanks very much, Ray!
Congrats!! I think I may have commented on this on Facebook as well. Lang group maybe?
Thanks, yeah, I’ve got some good friends on that group and I wanted to share it there, my page and here as well.
 

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