Memphis in May community help Texas BBQ team who lost equipment in crash driving to Memphis

Community rallies around Texas BBQ team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A barbecue team from Texas had some trouble getting to Memphis but are still able to compete with the help of the community.

“It just happened so fast,” said Aaron Vogel, Cackle and Oink.

In a matter of seconds, Aaron Vogel went from traveling from Texas to Memphis for the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest and feeling lucky he was still alive.

“I just uh, oh gosh, I realized today was not my day,” said Vogel.

Outside Little Rock, Vogel lost control of his trailer carrying all his BBQ equipment while going down a hill.

“One hundred percent loss. I lost my truck. I lost my trailer. I’ve got all my BBQ supplies on there,” said Vogel.

Vogel thought all his teammates would have to turn around and head home.

Word got out about the accident, and hours after the crash, all the expensive cooking equipment he needed was donated for them to use this weekend.

“Everything you see here was brought together by a lot of good friends,” said Vogel.

“BBQ is one of those things that, it’s a family. And family shows up when somebody’s in need,” said Tabitha Estes, volunteer.

Tabitha Estes is a volunteer for Memphis in May and a friend of Aaron’s.

She helped get people involved to support the Cackle and Oink team.

“It goes to show that there are really good genuine people out there,” said Estes.

“It’s just unreal. The BBQ community is a lot bigger than I think what most people realize,” said Vogel.

Vogel says his insurance isn’t covering his trailer or the equipment inside it.

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the team out. To donate, click here.

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