Hogs For The Cause 2019 Crowns High On The Hog Grand Champion

The Winners Are

High on the Hog Grand Champion:
Aporkalypse Now

Hogs for the Cause closed out its 11th annual event, its most successful to date. The second annual sold-out Bacon Night kicked off the festival on Friday, with teams serving up nearly 2 tons of Nueske’s bacon. Saturday welcomed a record-breaking crowd of both fans and competitors. The organizers are excited to announce the names of the Grand Champion, Category Winners and Top Fundraising Teams for the 2019 Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook-Off. In addition, the 2019 inductees into the Hog of Fame were revealed during the Annual Hogs for the Cause Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 30th at the New Orleans Lakefront Arena Grounds. “Closing out our 11th year I am once again humbled by our fans, participants, supporters and sponsors, and the dedication they have for our cause,” states Becker Hall, Hogs for the Cause Co-Founder. “This year we had stiff competition, but the camaraderie among teams and attendees is amazing.”

Hog Of Fame Inductees and Fund Raising Champion

This year’s “Hog of Fame” inductees are Bart Bacigalupi, Mike Ruoss, Bryan Fitzpatrick, Megan Medo, Brad Gottsegen, Craig Brewer and Dustin

The Winners Are

The Top Fundraising Team:
Fleur De Que

Alonzo. Bart Bacigalupi is the Captain of Captain Porkenheimer (a 10-year team), an Advisory Board member and has helped bring new sponsors into Hogs. “Anyone who can corral Team Captain Porkenheimer for this many years deserves it,” comments Rene Louapre, Hogs for the Cause Co-Founder. Mike Ruoss, Captain of Mazant National, has provided continuous support and feedback to help Hogs improve each year. He has made Hogs a tradition unlike any other team. Bryan Fitzpatrick, with The Boar’s Nest, is the single largest individual fundraiser in Hogs history. His fundraising prowess helped move the Hogs House from a dream to a reality on the Children’s Hospital campus. Megan Medo is a trusted and loyal Hogs volunteer who has manned the front gates of Hogs through it all. Brad Gottsegen and Craig Brewer of team Fleur de Que have spearheaded HogsResque which provides relief to hurricane and flood victims around the Gulf Coast. Dustin Alonzo is a longtime Hogs intern “who has admirably handled everything thrown at him and yet hasn’t fled,” continues  Louapre. “The commitment of each of these ‘Hog of Fame’ winners is unsurpassed. They put blood, sweat and tears into our organization because they care deeply about the families we are helping, almost like they are their own. You cannot find people like that just anywhere.”

The Winners Are

The 11th Annual Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook-Off featured over 90 teams this year. The BBQ competitors vied for the title of Grand Champion, along with champions in the categories of Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, and Porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. There are also awards for Best Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

High on the Hog Grand Champion: Aporkalypse Now

The Top Fundraising Team: Fleur De Que raised $442,442

Whole Hog: Mr. Pigglesworth

Friday Night Party: The Boars Nest

Fan Favorite: Mr. Pigglesworth

Sauce: The Porkyard

Blue Plate Mayonaisse “Best Side”: Sweet Swine O Mine

Neuske’s Bacon: Swineaux

Tabasco “Best Sandwich”: Notorious PIG

Pork Butt: Mr. Pigglesworth

Ribs: Aporkalypse Now

Porkpourri: Swine Krewe

Booth: House of Hogs

Piglet: Team Stabbin

Piglet Fundraising: Pig Star ($4000)