While most people were stuffing their bellies with smoked meats, drinking beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and heckling the competing chefs, Meat Fight mistress of ceremonies Alice Laussade was raising serious money for multiple sclerosis research: more than $20,000.
No one was more surprised than Laussade herself, who has admitted that she’s trying to rethink fundraisers. She and I have struck up a friendship based on a shared interest in this particular cause.
Most people at Sons of Hermann Hall that afternoon likely didn’t realize the importance of their participation. They just knew they were going there to put away some brisket.
Speaking of which, Jack Perkins, captain of team Limp Brisket, took home the trophy for best brisket. Jeff Bekavac, of team Meatallica, snagged the prize for sausage. Both of those dudes are pictured here.
To learn more about the day's shenanigans and for pictures of the other winners, keep reading.