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DALLAS -- The Fraternal Order of Eagles was up in smoke Saturday. Don’t worry, all the smoke was in the right place, cooking up some finger lickin’ barbecue.

“We’ve been smoking for about 14 hours now,” Tim Drennan of Red Beard BBQ said.

Forty teams of pit masters brought their best in brisket, ribs, chicken and sides to the FOE in Dallas. It’s not just about the meat, you gotta be clever with your team name, too.

“One of us said ‘we all got red beards, how about red beard bbq?’ and it just stuck,” Drennan said.

“We haven’t been able to get a job since. We're the red beards because we all have red beards,” added one of his teammates.

All grilling aside, there’s a lot a stake – this event is actually a fundraiser for the Shriner Hospital for Children. Money raised at the BBQ, serves up much need cash for the hospital.

“The best part is that all of the money we’re raising today is that all of the money is going to charity,” Drennan said.

With a hearty does of beefy bragging rights on the line, there was plenty of trash talk.

“Really that what y’all got?” is a favorite of Jeramy Lindsey of Smokin’ Bones.

“Why is your sausage all shriveled up,” is a line of Drennan’s.

The dishes made their way through a panel of judges.

“In judging you definitely have to look at the food as a whole,” Roe Dileo said. Dileo was a judge, and chef de cuisine and Henry’s Majestic in Dallas. “Does it look good? does it smell good? is it presented well? and does it taste good?”

Hey, who said fundraisers are the pits?

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