Hog Dat Nation is the team that Ben Sarrat Sr. founded and exemplifies the strength of the communal bond at the center of Hogs. Other members include New Orleans BBQ pitmaster Neil McClure, owner of McClure’s BBQ, and BBQ enthusiast and community member Trey Nobles, who took over as captain in 2017.
In addition to working alongside Sarrat Sr. in the competition, Nobles attended the funeral of Ben Sarrat Jr., the son of his friend and teammate, and the original inspiration for Hogs for the Cause. That community support forged over a smoky pit came full circle when Nobles’ daughter, Margaux, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which manifested as a cancerous mass in her head.
Nobles, based on witnessing the kids and families who’d received grants during the time he’d been involved with Hogs for the Cause as a team member, declined to apply for a grant himself -- all he could see was other families that needed the support more. However, Sarrat filled out an application form for the Nobles family himself: it was time for Hogs to return the support to Nobles that he’d given for years.