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Smithfield and BBQ Pitmaster Moe Cason "Grill for a Cure" to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

SMITHFIELD, Va., July 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, has teamed up with Ponderosa Barbecue founder and celebrity BBQ pitmaster Moe Cason for an event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Grill for a Cure will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bentonville Square located in Downtown Bentonville, Ark.

Cason will be on-site smoking Smithfield bone-in pork butts, demonstrating some of his award-winning BBQ cooking tips and serving pulled pork sandwiches flavored with his very own BBQ sauces, including Original and Raspberry Chipotle. BBQ butts cooked on-site by Cason will be available for sale.

"Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects an estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States," said Cason. "I am thrilled to partner with Smithfield to help raise awareness and funds to support this important cause."

Supporters can also pre-order their smoked bone-in butts for a chance to win a Smithfield No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports grill. To pre-order, contact Andrew Koucky at (479) 268-5940 or BBQforCF@gmail.com.

All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more cystic fibrosis research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

About Smithfield

A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the "Ham Capital of the World." From hand-trimmed bacon to slow-smoked holiday hams, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, and fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the Unites States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Ponderosa Barbecue

Ponderosa Barbecue founder Moe Cason is an award-winning BBQ pitmaster, having completed in more than 250 contests in 35 different states since 2006. A self-taught Pitmaster, what started as a hobby for Cason became a way of life which he maintains using authentic, simple recipes and honoring the history of BBQ. Made from scratch with natural and fresh ingredients, Cason's award-winning sauces are good enough to use for competitions but made for the everyday backyard cook. For more information, visit www.ponderosabbq.com.

CONTACT: Media Contacts: Grill for a Cure Andrew Koucky (479) 268-5940 BBQforCF@gmail.com Hunter PR for Smithfield Morgan Calef (212) 679-6600 mcalef@hunterpr.com

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.