It's a Nice Day for a Meat Wedding

BBQ showdown Meat Fight raises big bucks for multiple sclerosis

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.

From left, judges Aaron Franklin, of Franklin Barbecue; Justin Fourton, of Pecan Lodge; and Nick Pencis, of Stanley’s Favorite Pit BBQ.

Brian Luscher's team, Meatallica, took home the overall grand prize.

BBQ Snob Daniel Vaugh (left) took his judging duties seriously. He was joined by Aaron Franklin (center) and Justin Fourton.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. was a big sponsor of the day's events.

The Cool Arrows, led by Jeffery Hobbs (left) and team captain Chad Houser.

FT33's Matt McCallister won for "Meat Most Easily Confused for Bananas Foster" — by appearance, not by taste, according to the judges, who were improvising on that one.

The third annual Meat Fight took over Sons of Hermann Hall Sunday, November 4.

More than 450 pounds of meat were donated by vendors like Local Yocal and Whole Foods.

Nikki Lott and Connor Hill pose prom-style at the Meat Fight photo booth.

Omar Flores, from team Meatallica, took home the prize for pulled pork.

Matt McCallister's winning pork belly, the WTF meat in the competition.

Glittery, multicolored pigs adorned the tables at Sons of Hermann Hall and topped headbands used as props for the photo booth.

Steve Vogel of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (the day's beneficiary) and his wife, Toni.

Hundreds packed into Sons of Hermann Hall for a chance to sample meats from 12 competing chefs.

Mistress of ceremonies and meat bride Alice Laussade, who started Meat Fight in her backyard.