- November 17, 2013 noon
Meat lovers, welcome to the best day of your life. Alice Laussade, the Dallas Observer's funny, foul-mouthed columnist who won a James Beard Award for her Cheap Bastard series, launched Meat Fight, an all-out barbecue war, from her backyard a few years ago. The event exploded, selling out Sons of Hermann Hall last year and promising even bigger things to come. It's a fundraiser—proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society—but it's also just a carnivore's Christmas where dreams are made of pork shoulder instead of sugarplums. Dallas chefs must put their best barbecue forward in order to please Daniel Vaughn, author of the Full Custom Gospel BBQ blog and Texas Monthly's first-ever barbecue editor, Tim Byres of Smoke, and Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge. Oh, and you, since you'll get to eat everything in sight and drink about a gallon of beer. But remember that promise of bigger things? Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson, is descending on Dallas to judge the quality of our meats. Such is the power of the Cheap Bastard.