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What You Missed at Cafe Momentum’s Fundraiser BBQ (And Why You Should Attend Next Year’s Barbecue)


Pecan Lodge brought Lurlene and smoked some of their awesome beef ribs

Pecan Lodge brought Lurlene and smoked some of their awesome beef ribs

Jennifer Cheninis (Culture Map editor) is a tireless supporter of Cafe Momentum -- and of Jack Perkins, who owns the Slow Bone and Maple & Motor

Jennifer Cheninis (Culture Map editor) is a tireless supporter of Cafe Momentum — and of Jack Perkins, who owns the Slow Bone and Maple & Motor

I gave Jack Perkins' Slow Bone bacon taco a blue ribbon.

I gave Jack Perkins’ Slow Bone bacon taco a blue ribbon.

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Justin Fourton slices up his beef ribs

Pretty classy that even Texas Monthly BBQ editor Daniel Vaughn waits in the serving line like the rest of us

Pretty classy that even Texas Monthly BBQ editor Daniel Vaughn waits in the serving line like the rest of us

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Seriously, you think this needs a caption? Insert your own thought cloud here.

Seriously, you think this needs a caption? Insert your own thought cloud here.

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Pecan Lodge boneyard

Hypnotic Donuts served donuts. Yep. Nice touch though.

Hypnotic Donuts served donuts. Yep. Nice touch though.

When the air temperature matches your body temperature, you don’t want to blow up a barbecue party with half-ass grub. Chad Houser had thought of that, which means it wasn’t an issue.

He’d also thought of everything else that makes his not-for-profit Cafe Momentum fundraisers purr. Important things. Vital things. Things like big fans, a shady canopy, a good band, five top-notch barbecue purveyors, bottomless tubs of bottled water, a truckload of beer, and enough off-duty cops to keep everything in check–even the line for Pecan Lodge’s smokey, crusty, impossibly moist beef ribs.

On Sunday night, Cafe Momentum raised a smokehouse full of money to help fund its mission of changing the lives of dozens of young adults who got off track and need some mentoring and guidance to set themselves right. Houser says two hundred tickets to the barbecue– double the usual number for a Cafe Momentum event — sold out in just five minutes. Jack Perkins, the owner of the Slow Bone, hosted the shindig inside and outside his new ‘cue joint.

Representing were Nick Pencis – Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue, Jack Perkins – The Slow Bone, Justin Fourton – Pecan Lodge,Will Fleischman – Lockhart Smoke House and Stephen Joseph – Riverport Barbecue.

Chefs for Farmers, another terrific not-for-profit, capped the evening by presenting Houser and Cafe Momentum a $5,000 donation. The money was raised at CFF’s sous chef competition last month.

Also spotted at the event: Matt McCallister (FT33), Andre Natera (Marquee Texas Grill) and his wife, Linda; Jill and Jeff Bergus (Lockhart Smokehouse); Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare (Mot Hai Ba and others); Jennifer Chininis (Culture Map); Daniel Vaughn (Texas Monthly BBQ editor); and Jimmy Contreras (wine god)  among the 190 others.

Here’s a quick look at what you missed– with hopes that you don’t skip the next one. (Find out what’s up next at Cafe Momentum by looping in here.)

I can’t think of a better way to ride out this summer heat than to eat barbecue from four different pit masters outside of a fifth’s own barbecue joint.

(And for those keeping tally, Jack Perkins took my blue ribbon though his was certainly not traditional bbq –a house made tortilla stuffed with crispy pork belly, tart apple-cilantro slaw and sauce, sided with a mini-scoop of tangy horseradish mashed potatoes and a sprinkle of candied bacon bits.

 

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