The organization Eat for a Cause held its second annual Q for a Cause event at Garden Oaks/Oak Forest restaurant Cottonwood recently. Hundreds of Houstonians turned out despite the cold, wet weather to sample barbecue prepared by celebrated pitmaster John Mueller.
Mueller's signature beef ribs were as flavorful as anticipated, but the jalapeno boudain was the star.
Mueller led a crew of volunteers, including the folks from barbecue food truck Pappa Charlies, who worked overnight preparing brisket, beef ribs, sausage and jalapeno boudain. Other volunteers, including Houston mayor Annise Parker, sliced brisket, prepared orders and served as cashiers.
By the noon start, Cottonwood's covered seating was filled to capacity as people lined up to get their fill. They were not disappointed. Mueller's signature beef ribs were as smoky and flavorful as anticipated, but the jalapeno boudain was the unexpected star of the show. Its livery funk and spicy bite sent my friends back to the line for two additional links.
Whereas last year's event sold out in two hours, the poor weather combined with increased production to ensure that sausage and ribs were available until later in the afternoon. Although final fundraiser totals were still being calculated, the meat and and an array of silent auction surely helped Q for a Cause II exceed last year's $7,500 total. Can't wait for next year.