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Nick Offerman and top Dallas chefs help Meat Fight rake in $50,000 for MS Society

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Nick Offerman, Daniel Vaughn at Meat Fight 2013
Nick Offerman, Daniel Vaughn Photo by Catherine Downes
Jeff Bekavac at Meat Fight 2013
Jeff Bekavac Photo by Nicholas McWhirter
Jeffery Hobbs, Chad Houser, Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Jeffery Hobbs, Chad Houser and Alice Laussade raise a glass to the late Randall Copeland. Photo by Robert Strickland
Jack Perkins at Meat Fight 2013
Jack Perkins Photo by Robert Strickland
Mike Laussade, Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Mike Laussade, Alice Laussade Photo by Robert Strickland
Judge Tim Byres at Meat Fight 2013
Tim Byres Photo by Robert Strickland
Jean Johnson at Meat Fight 2013
Jeana Johnson Photo by Catherine Downes
Tiffany Derry at Meat Fight 2013
Tiffany Derry Photo by Nicholas McWhirter
Pig man at Meat Fight 2013
This happened. Photo by Catherine Downes
Brandon Green and friend at Meat Fight 2013
Brandon Green (right) won the beard contest. Photo by Catherine Downes
Nick Offerman judging beards at Meat Fight 2013
Nick Offerman judging beards Photo by Robert Strickland
Matt Offerman, Nick Offerman at Meat Fight 2013
Matt Offerman, Nick Offerman Photo by Catherine Downes
Sausage at Meat Fight 2013
Sausage was one of the meat categories. Photo by Catherine Downes
Greens from Garden Cafe at Meat Fight 2013
Garden Cafe brought the greens. Photo by Catherine Downes
Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Meat Fight raised $50,000 for the National MS Society. Photo by Catherine Downes
Hypnotic Donuts at Meat Fight 2013
Hypnotic Donuts Photo by Nicholas McWhirter
Chad Houser, Jeff Bergus, Brian Luscher at Meat Fight 2013
Chad Houser, Jeff Bergus, Brian C. Luscher Photo by Robert Strickland
Nathan Tate at Meat Fight 2013
Nathan Tate Photo by Nicholas McWhirter
Kristen DeRocha at Meat Fight 2013
Kristen DeRocha Photo by Robert Strickland
Nick Offerman, Daniel Vaughn at Meat Fight 2013
Jeff Bekavac at Meat Fight 2013
Jeffery Hobbs, Chad Houser, Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Jack Perkins at Meat Fight 2013
Mike Laussade, Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Judge Tim Byres at Meat Fight 2013
Jean Johnson at Meat Fight 2013
Tiffany Derry at Meat Fight 2013
Pig man at Meat Fight 2013
Brandon Green and friend at Meat Fight 2013
Nick Offerman judging beards at Meat Fight 2013
Matt Offerman, Nick Offerman at Meat Fight 2013
Sausage at Meat Fight 2013
Greens from Garden Cafe at Meat Fight 2013
Alice Laussade at Meat Fight 2013
Hypnotic Donuts at Meat Fight 2013
Chad Houser, Jeff Bergus, Brian Luscher at Meat Fight 2013
Nathan Tate at Meat Fight 2013
Kristen DeRocha at Meat Fight 2013

The smell of smoked meats wafted through Four Corners Brewery and beyond Sunday as some of the best chefs in Dallas competed for trophies — and bragging rights — at Meat Fight 2013 benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The brainchild of Alice “Cheap Bastard” Laussade, who hosted the first competition in her backyard, Meat Fight has become the hottest food ticket in town. Three teams of chefs — dubbed Meatallica, Cool Arrows and Notorious P.I.G. — did renditions of pork ribs, brisket, sausage and a salmon “wild card” for hundreds of hungry carnivores.

Judging this year’s entries were barbecue experts and pitmasters Daniel Vaughn, Jack Perkins, Nick Pencis, Will Fleischman, Tim Byres, Stephen Joseph and Justin Fourton. But the judge that caused the most stir was Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, who could not have been more gracious. Dude signed autographs and took pictures with damn near everyone in the brewery. He even hugged a baby.

It should also be noted the Offerman’s presence at Meat Fight started off as a joke. Laussade asked him via Twitter (because why not?), and a few other fans begged. Within two hours she had a call from His People, and a couple of days later it was a done deal. He also brought his bearded brother and fellow woodworker Matt.

In the midst of the meat mayhem, Offerman judged a few beards — Brandon Green claimed that prize — and scribbled “fish is bullshit” on his judge’s card in reference to the salmon. Lausadde’s husband, Mike, promised to auction off that little note next year.

In a heartfelt moment, during the introduction of the teams, Cool Arrows captain Chad Houser asked the crowd to raise a glass to the late Randall Copeland, his former Cool Arrows teammate and beloved Dallas chef who died unexpectedly earlier this year.

As for the winners, Notorious P.I.G. — Tiffany Derry, Nathan Tate, Eric Dreyer and Cody Sharp — swept the competition, taking home honors for best sausage (Tate), best pork rib (Sharp) and best wild card (Derry), making the team a shoo-in for the overall grand prize. But Meatallica’s Brian C. Luscher would not be bested for his brisket.

Meat was not the only star of this show. Four Corners poured the beers; Noble Coyote provided the coffee; Garden Cafe brought the greens; and Hypnotic Donuts, Swiss Pastry Shop and Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles served the sweets.

Between the ticket sales, merchandise sales, and funds raised during a rather rowdy auction — which featured items like a golden ticket for Pecan Lodge to skip the line and the Nick Offerman “You Had Me At Meat Tornado” Package, including a piece from the Offerman Woodshop — Meat Fight is adding $50,000 to the MS Society coffers. That’s more than double last year’s proceeds.

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