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Sign up to get a ‘mystery box’ of barbecue — for a good cause, Meat Fight — on May 4

Boxes cost $135 and come with ribs, pulled pork, pimento cheese and more.

At 10 a.m. May 4, 2021, barbecue fans in-the-know will race to their computers.

Dallas nonprofit Meat Fight is selling $135 boxes of food, available for pick-up via a drive-through on May 29, 2021, at Lakewood Brewing Co. Each box, described by Meat Fight organizer Alice Laussade as “part barbecue, part mystery box,” will have 15 items in it.

“We can’t tell you exactly what your Meat Fight 1k BBQ Box will include, but we promise it will be epic,” says a press release.

But don’t fret: If this is anything like the mystery box from December 2020 that raised money for Dallas chef Justin Holt’s battle with leukemia, it’ll be an eclectic mix of snacks that are way, way better than the 15 items you’ll find in your own pantry.

Donors can expect to find ribs, sausages, pulled pork, hot dogs and beer in their mystery boxes. Other add-ons might include pimento cheese from HG Sply Co.; elotes from José; WhistlePig Cinnamon Rolls from Dude, Sweet Chocolate and more.

Meat Fight is one of Dallas’ most spirited food events. Since its start in 2010, Meat Fight has raised more than $2 million for the National MS Society. Money raised also goes toward Meat Bike, a program that buys bikes for athletes living with multiple sclerosis. The nonprofit encourages people with MS to engage in endurance competitions, with the idea that regular exercise can help some people living with MS manage their symptoms.

Meat Fight’s mystery box is a not a replacement for the main event, which is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2021. This year’s Meat Fight will be a drive-through event — a cautious step forward after Meat Fight didn’t take place in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Laussade hopes to return to in-person events in 2022.

The barbecue joints making food for the mystery boxes are Cattleack Barbeque in Farmers Branch; Slow Bone BBQ in Dallas; Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas, Arlington and Plano; One90 Smoked Meats in Dallas; and Luscher’s Quality Meats in Dallas.

Other food or drink in the box will come from Lakewood Brewing Co.; Lucia; José; Zoli’s NY Pizza; Hero by HG; Whistlebritches; Parigi; Profound Farms; Dude, Sweet Chocolate; Roots Chicken Shak; Petra & The Beast; BBBop Seoul Kitchen; Cafe Momentum; Easy Slider; Humble Pies; Haute Sweets Patisserie; Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters; Empire Baking Co.; Cowboys Club and Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.

Only 250 boxes are available, and you should expect them to go fast.

Buy Meat Fight barbecue boxes here.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

Sarah Blaskovich, food writer. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your area.

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