Set your alarms. The hot link to tickets for Meat Fight goes live at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. It will be your only chance to score tickets to Meat Fight, a Texas barbecue competition with a tradition of awarding bronzed beer-can trophies and raising cash for the National MS Society. Last year the popular event sold out in less than one hour.

Meat Fight has a CEO. Her name is familiar to all of you. “This year, Meat Fight is going to be bigger than ever before,” says Alice Laussade, CEO of Meat Fight, Inc. “We’re featuring 20 of Dallas’ best chefs in the main fight, plus nine more chefs in our beefy VIP Side Show competition—and we’re adding a whole new competition to the mix for all attendees. It’s called Sweet Fight. Our friends at Whole Foods are presenting that, and the category for competition this year is pie. It’s gonna be so great.”

Check out the stellar lineup:

The five teams competing for barbecue glory include notable Dallas chefs including Jeff Bekavac of Neighborhood Services, Justin Holt and David Uygur of Lucia, Tiffany Derry of The Cupboard, Matt McCallister of FT33 , Eric Dreyer of Fearing’s, and Jeana Johnson of soon-to-open Mockingbird Diner.

Fighters will duke it out in four categories: brisket, pork ribs, sausage and Wild Card. And unlike most food competitions, Meat Fight attendees actually get the opportunity to eat every competition meat submitted for judging.

This year’s judges include Daniel Vaughn the barbecue editor of Texas Monthly, Todd David from Cattleack BBQ, Nick Pencis from Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Jill Bergus from Lockhart Smokehouse, and Pete Delkus.

New this year is Sweet Fight presented by Whole Foods. Katherine Clapner of Dude Sweet Chocolate is overseeing the competition. Plus there will be nine pastry chefs and sweets-specialists including Maggie Huff from FT33, Tida Pichakron from Haute Sweets Patisserie, and Hans Muller from Swiss Pastry Shop will battle it out for a whole new trophy: Best Pie.

The VIP section will return with The Side Show, a separate competition that includes 9 additional chefs. Notable Dallas chefs like Janice Provost from Parigi, Graham Dodds from The Statler, and Jeffery Hobbs from Slow Bone BBQ will compete in feats of meats only available to the VIPs.

The best part of Meat Fight? 100% of tickets sales benefit the National MS Society and people living with MS in DFW. Last year’s event raised over $175,000.

Here is what you need to know:

Meat Fight 2017 will take place at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for VIP entry) Sunday, November 12th at The Longhorn Ballroom.

Ticket sales begin via Prekindle at 10a.m. on Tuesday, October 3rd at Prekindle.com. A link for tickets will be posted on meatfight.com and at Facebook.com/meatfight.Tickets are $135 for General Admission and $235 for VIP.

General Admission Ticket gets you:

–         The opportunity to taste up to 20 Meat Fight competition meats

–         The opportunity to taste up to 9 Sweet Fight competition entries

–         All the beer from TUPPS and Four Corners that makes sense

–         Whiskey tastes from WhistlePig Rye Whiskey

–         Delicious treats including Noble Coyote Coffee and T-Rex Pickles

–         Access to Meat Santa, meat caricatures, and all the fun that is Meat Fight.

VIP Ticket gets you:

Entry into this glorious event one hour before General Admission arrives.

VIP section that includes: a separate beer station, separate WhistlePig station, and The Side Show featuring nine more fancy Dallas chefs fighting for meaty trophies. Swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors and legit Meat Fight merch.

There will also be a live auction featuring amazing can’t-get-them-anywhere-else barbecue-themed items.

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