Hogs for the Cause is excited to announce a new experience this year—Nueske’s Bacon Night. When the gates open on Friday night of Hogs for the Cause 2018, March 23rd at the UNO Lakefront Arena grounds, bacon will be on the menu. Our 85 teams will craft bacon-centric dishes to be sold, with all proceeds going to the aid and relief of families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Tickets to Nueske’s Bacon Night are $25.

“Our patrons have begged for bacon, and why not, it’s definitely a crave-worthy part of the pig, so we are bringing it,” states Becker Hall, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause. “Bacon Night will be like bacon-palooza—our teams are excited to add another level of competition to their game, and our guests will be blown away with the dishes they have created.” Guests can expect everything from Captain Porkenheimer’s Bacon and Pulled Pork Mac ‘N Cheese, Fatbacks’ Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños, and Hoggystyle’s Buffalo Bacon Mofongo Boulettes to March of the Pigs’ Tandoori Bacon and Paneer Samosa with Chutney, Sweet Swine ‘O Mine’s Frosted Bacon Rice Krispy Treat, and Swineaux’s Bacon Bomb and Brownie Bacon Sundae.

{photo credit: HogsForTheCause.org)

While food is the foundation of Hogs for the Cause, music is what builds it up. This year Hogs welcomes a full lineup of top-billed bands and Americana favorites. The Friday lineup includes: N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osborne), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Spafford, The Band of Heathens, Sweet Spirit, Iko Allstars, Maggie Koerner, Stoop Kids, and Khris Royal & Dark Matter. Saturday bands include: Turnpike Troubadours, The SteelDrivers, Tyler Childers, Son Little, Banners, Mipso, Samantha Fish, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Artisanals, Cordovas, Jonathon ‘Boogie’ Long, and Hot 8 Brass Band.

Hogs for the Cause has upgraded to RFID wristbands this year. The RFID wristband serves as the ticket and digital wallet for each patron. Tickets are on sale now on the Hogs for the Cause website (www.hogsforthecause.org).

Two-day general admission passes for both Friday and Saturday are available for $49; single-day, general admission tickets are $25 each, in advance. New this year, two-day general admission tickets, preloaded with $45 in “Hoggy Dollars,” are available for $79. The 2-Day Boss Hog pass is $349 and includes admission on both Friday and Saturday, access to Boss Hog Tent with open bar and private restrooms, $90 pre-loaded to the wristband, as well as private front stage viewing. For the ultimate music fan, Hogs for the Cause is offering Friday Side Stage tickets and Saturday Side Stage tickets for $500 per day. This special ticket includes admission, $45 pre-loaded wristband, access to Boss Hog Tent with open bar and private restrooms, as well as private on-stage side viewing and private front stage viewing.

2018 Sponsors include: Children’s Hospital, Capital One, Bud Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blue, Plate Mayonnaise, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., Phelps Dunbar, Luzianne, Tabasco, Bristow Gin, Nueske’s, Jack Daniel’s, Neat Wines, Urban South, Parish Brewing Co., Port Orleans Brewing Co., Irpino Avin Hawkins Law Firm, Link Restaurant Group, WWL-TV, Reign Creative Co.

Fatbacks: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños {photo credit: HogsForTheCause.org)

Now, this is a-lotta bacon! Here are the 85 bacon dishes you’ll find on Nueske’s Bacon Night:

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Pork et Fours
Aporkalypse Now: Bacon S’Mores
Beers Fly When Pigs Die: PB&J
Blue Oak BBQ: Nueske’s Al Pastor Taco
Born to Grill: Candy Apple Bacon
Captain Porkenheimer: Bacon and Pulled Pork Mac N Cheese
Central City BBQ: Bacon Me Crazy
Chew Forks Farms: Bacon Pimento Grilled Cheese
Company Burger: BLT
Crazy Jeff’s BBQ Bungalow: Bacon Cubes coated in Funnel Cake Batter
Dangerous Rinds: Bacon Bombs
David HasselHogs: Bayconwatch
Deadpork: Bacon S’Mores & A Bacon Flight
DeSwine Intervention: Bacon Shrimp Billycado & il Sindaco
Deuce Pigalow Pork Gigolo: Bacon and Boudin Po Boy
Druids BBQ: Swine Apple
Dudley DeBosier Pit Masters: Smoked Candied Beer-Battered Deep Fried Bacon Strips
Dustin Braud State Farm: Bacon, Pork, Sausage Jambalaya
Engineered Pork: Bacon “Twins Fajita”
Fat Harry’s Fat Backs: Hawaiian Bacon French Toast
Fatbacks: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños
Famous on #instaham: Chicken Fried Bacon
Fleur de Que:Baby Bacon Bocadillo
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q: Bacon Yakamein
Frey Smoked Meat Co: Bacon Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese Tots
Gootee Que: Boudin BLT Meat Pie & Carolina-style Artisan Three Cheese Tomato Pie
Hair of the Hog: Bacon Gougeres with Bermuda Bacon Jam
HAMmered: Pimento Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers Wrapped in Bacon
Hog Dat Nation:Pancake Battered Bacon Corn Dog
Hoggystyle: Buffalo Bacon Mofongo Boulettes
Hogjammin’: Bacon Bourbon Pate’
Hogtoberfest: Hogtoberbacon
House of Hogs: Bacon Wrapped Dog with Beer Bacon Cheese Sauce
Hupigs: Bliss Sticks and Bacon and Gruyere Toutiere
Irish Brew BBQ: Bacon Bread Pudding
Lard and in Charge: Herzinfarkt
Pig Slayer: Jalapeño Sausage Stuffed Bacon
Magnum PIG: The Higgins
Make Pork Great Again: Honeysuckle Vodka Glazed Pork Belly
March of the Pigs: Tandoori Bacon
Mazant National: Creamy Grits Topped with a Ring of Crispy Candied Bacon
Messi Swine: Bacancy
Moe’s Original Bar B Que: Elvis Pie
Mr. Pig Stuff: Figgy Piggy Apple Fritters, Bacon Maple and Bourbon Ice Cream, 3 Little Pigs
Mr. Pigglesworth:Fireball Pork Belly Bites
MS Bacon Association:Pork Belly Corn Dogs, World Famous Cracklin’ Nachos, Bacon Nuts, Bacon Pimento Cheese & Pork Belly Quesadillas, Bacon Brisket Bites
New Orleans Harley Davidson: The Pink Floyd
Notorious PIG: Sweet Lil’ Pigs
Pig Latin: Pork Belly Bacon Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Piggy Stardust: Surf & Turf Mac-N-Cheese
Pigzani & Hogsociates: Bacon Jambalaya
Pork Fiction: NOLA Bacon Cones
Pork Funk All Stars: Piggy and Peanut Bon Bon
Porkchopitoulas: Kung Pao Bacon, The Elvis Pudding
PorKings: Paprika Kissed Bacon Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
Porkitecture: Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon
Reel Smokin: Candied Bacon Bites
Refined Smoke: Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly Burnt Ends
Rugaroux Q: Shrimp with Bacon Glaze, Bacon with Pimento Cheese Sriracha Spread on Sourdough
Silence of Da Hams: Oyster and Nueske’s Bacon en Brochette Salad
Sir-Pork-A-Lot: Bourbon Pecan Praline Bacon King Cake
Smoke Dem if You Got Dem: Candied Bacon & Angels on Horseback
Smokey & The Bacon: Bacon & Collard Bunny Bread Taquito
Smokey Ridge BBQ: Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese
Sport Porkin’: BLTP Sandwich
Stand Up And Snout: New Orleans Hot Bacon
Sweet Swine O Mine: Frosted Bacon Rice Krispies
Swig & Swine: Grilled Nueske’s Bacon Wrapped Smoked Duck Popper
Swine and Dine: BBQ Pulled Pork Bacon Jalapeño John Poppers
Swine Krewe: Bacon Maple Donut
Swine Spectators: Date with a Pig
Swine with Swagger: Bacnewton, Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Roll, S’mores Bacon, Candied Bacon
Swineaux: The Bacon Bomb
Swinel Richie: Bacon Wrapped and Chipotle Glazed Glorious SPAM
Swines & Steins: Pork Belly Stella
Tailgate Tigers: Tailgate Bacon
The Barbacoa Brotherhood: The Nueskedilla
The Boars Nest: Oink Doinks
The Mansura Candidate: Bacon Sliders
The Pig Lebowski: Bacon French Sandos
The Porkyard: “Da’ Smokey Poke” Bacon Poke Bowl
The Presumptuous Pigs: Tequila Maple and Lime Glazed Pork Belly
Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo: Belly Bomb
Wet Wet: Bacon Crawfish Slow Roasted Tomato Leek Mac and Cheese

Hogs for the Cause is a 501c(3) organization that provides aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Currently, Hogs for the Cause operates as the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States and has given grants to over 400 families in need, and has made financial contributions to children’s hospitals in New Orleans, South Carolina and Atlanta.


  1. Tommy Centola

    March 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You need to experience this one year. This will be my second year and I think my brother’s third.

    • Red Beans & Eric

      March 8, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      I would definitely love too – especially with a night dedicated to bacon!


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