By Lanier Laney
More than 1,200 happy people attended the Third Annual CBC National Bank High on The Hog BBQ Festival at Whitehall Plantation on Lady’s Island last weekend. Nearly double in size from previous years, the two-day event was a true family affair as multiple generations sampled barbecue from 26 top cook teams while listening to live music.
Event organizer and LowCountry Habitat for Humanity board member Bob Albon said, “All the proceeds raised will help us continue to build affordable housing in Northern Beaufort County. We’ve built 41 so far and have two more currently under construction in the Pigeon Point section of Beaufort.”
He added a big thank you to all the sponsors, large and small. “Every dollar raised and donated is very important to our cause and we try to use it wisely. Without our volunteers we can’t pull off an event this size and they are so important for our success,” he said.
The Grand Champion was No Pig Left Behind, Doug Quinn, from Goose Creek. Reserve Champion was Palmetto Smokehouse, a local pit master from Okatie. Other local teams that “got the call” were Smokin Sea Eagle (Melena Argetsinger and Craig Reeves), Gentlemen Porkers (Garrett Wreden, Patrick Mitchell, Chris Jones and team), Smokin Vets (Doug Hellams) and See’s Backyard BBQ from Walterboro was the winner of Friday night’s Lowcountry Fare.
Big thanks go to all the hardworking volunteers, judges, sponsors, cook teams, and people who attended for making the event such a success. Here are some pics: