By: WFAE’s Bryan Talbott
“In the South, nothing motivates people more than pork BBQ.”
Charlotte resident Craig George smoked forty Boston butts in 24 hours, selling two hundred pounds of pulled pork in a fundraiser to benefit two-year-old Morgan West who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor in 2011. In all, the community raised $3,200 to help Morgan’s family.
On New Year’s Day 2012, a Charlotte community came together to support a little girl in need.
Morgan is a two and a half year old girl with an inoperable brain stem tumor. My friend Craig George is good friends with Morgan’s parents, Adam and Nikki West, and wanted to do all that he could to help them. Morgan has undergone radiation therapy and is in a clinical trial at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
In order to assist them with travel costs (they have been flying from New York) Craig decided to organize a BBQ Fundraiser, and donate all the proceeds to the family. He reached out to the community to ask for help in his efforts; taking pre-orders of pulled pork, requesting an $8-10 donation per pound.
If you know Craig, you are well aware of his love for slow cooking meat over sizzling hot coals. (FYI- BBQ-ing is not grilling, it’s smoking…low and slow.) This however, was taking it a step further. He bought 40 pork butts, chopped enough wood to fuel the endeavor, washed, injected and coated each butt with a mustard mixture and seasoned with a dry rub and smoked the pork in his wood fired smoker at 220 degrees round-the-clock for 24 hours. He checked the cooker every 15-20 minutes to make sure the temperature was consistent.
The turnout on New Year’s Day speaks for itself…they began distributing the BBQ at 10am and by 3pm, there wasn’t any left. The final tally: 200 one pound containers of pulled pork and 5 gallons of chili were bought – totaling $3,200 to give Morgan and her family help they deserve.
Check out these great videos documenting everything from the splitting of the wood for fire to grill, the preparation and dry rubbing of the 40 pork shoulders, to the efforts of friends pulling the pork and feeding the generous community of supporters.
If you would like to help or keep up with how Morgan is doing, visit their Facebook page: Helping Hands 4 Morgan.