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We're absolutely over the moon for Chef Shannon, his pit manager Austin & the entire Devil Moon crew for crushing it at this year's annual Hogs for the Cause! This was our first year participating and we were awarded 2nd place overall - out of 90 teams!

We raised over 30K this year in charitable donations (super shout-out to Mr. Luke Guarisco) with the goal of raising upwards of 100K next year. 

Join us in congratulating the entire Devil Moon team and be sure to join our mailing list to follow along on the path to next year's competition. Donations can be made at any time right here (team name Devil Moon). Way to go, gang!




Every spring Hogs for the Cause brings together some of New Orleans' top musicians, chefs, and nearly 100 barbecue teams from around the country for a two-day festival that raises money for children fighting brain cancer.


Hogs for the Cause satisfies taste buds with barbecue, sauces and sides prepared every way imaginable and then some. The cook-off competition is fierce, with teams vying for bragging rights in categories that include whole hog, ribs, sauce and fan favorite.


Attendees can vote for their favorite dishes after sampling the savory food and then donating to that team. In addition to all the mouth watering barbeque, Hogs for the Cause includes music all weekend. Past events have featured local favorites like Sweet Crude, Tab Benoit, Little Freddie King, and King James & the Special Men.


The event was begun in 2008 by New Orleanians Rene Louapre and Becker Hall who sought to bring back the old Southern tradition of open-flame pig roasts. However, that same year. the creators met 4-year-old, Ben Sarrat Jr., who suffered from an incurable brain tumor. Ben and his family inspired the event’s founders to turn the event into a fundraiser for children with pediatric brain cancer and their families.

Since its start, the festival has grown to include more food, more bands, and more celebrity appearances. More than 200 families have gotten grants to help with medical bills and other expenses. For more information go to

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