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Pig Roast Weekend - or... Todd the Pig came to be dinner 
Oct. 5, 2010 1:34 pm 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010 2:36 pm
Way back B.C. (that's Before Children; which was more than 2 decades ago) hubby and I would try to have one big, super-duper party a year.  Right about the time we started our family, we got the bright idea of having a pig roast.  So, each Fall we would host a whopper of a pig roast - inviting all our friends and family - 70+ people in all.  We'd supply the "Guest of Honor", beverages and place settings and ask everyone to bring a dish to pass.  Oh my Gosh! The food that would be consumed.  If you went home hungry, it was your own dang fault.

Well, then family life got in the way - there were soccer games, football games, dance recitals, any number of activities that just took up all our weekends.  Our parties sort of fell by the wayside. We relied on graduations and weddings to see our extended families and many of our friends. 

Then, we began to be able to squeeze a small party in.  We are members of a dog training club that owns close to 200 acres of property with a great clubhouse on the premises which is available for members to use.  There's a lake with fish in it and plenty of room for games, etc.   We wouldn't have time to put together a whole deal like a pig roast, but we would have "wine-tasting" parties and "beer-tasting" parties....  Are you getting the idea of what was the main attraction here?    All of our friends would come, bringing their kids along.  I think there were some years where the kids outnumbered the adults.  Everybody had fun.

Now, our kids are grown and this year was the second year for the return of the pig roast. Hubby went down to the clubhouse and got the fire started early in the morning.  Our guests began to arrive, with all their fabulous dishes to pass.  This year Mother Nature wasn't quite so cooperative - it was cold and rainy - but that didn't dampen the spirits of anyone.  We built a roaring fire in the fireplace and everyone gathered 'round. 

I like to name the guest of honor - this year he was Todd the Pig, all 101 pounds of him.  Also this year we got a "pony" keg of Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewery.   Todd took a little longer to cook because of his size, but when he was done he was fabulous!  We had my famous hot sauce I make using a huge bottle of hot sauce (Frank's Red Hot or whatever), minced garlic and a stick of butter.  We also had authentic Mexican salsa our Mexican friends brought, along with tortillas.  That is my new favorite way to eat our pig. Just grab a tortilla, stuff it with a bunch of pork and slather it with salsa - yummy!!  Then, rinse it down with a nice cold Labrador Lager. It doesn't get much better than that!

Oct. 5, 2010 3:15 pm
Sounds like a great party. RIPieces Todd.
Oct. 5, 2010 5:07 pm
LOL! He is definitely in pieces!! It was a blast. The youngest party-goer was almost 2; the oldest was my parents at 74. Todd was everyone's friend...
Oct. 5, 2010 7:18 pm
I had my favorite hog go missing a few weeks ago. I put out an APB on him and there was a sighting in NE Ohio on the I-80. Ohio State Police called me to ask if he had a name that he would respond to so that they could coax him into a truck for a ride home. I told them he answers to "Todd". I guess I should say he "answered" to Todd. At least he made lots of friends.
Oct. 6, 2010 3:19 am
Ha!ha! Mike! He was very gentle with the kids, but scared my black lab, Suzy.... :-D
Oct. 6, 2010 5:42 am
I've only been to one hog roast and boy was that good! I bet everyone had a blast at your party!!!
Oct. 6, 2010 10:04 am
Sounds like a fun party. Some friends of mine have what they call "A Pit Party" They have a huge underground BBQ pit. They load it with beef as they are cattle ranchers. All I can say is - WOW - such great food. :)
Oct. 6, 2010 1:01 pm
Wow! A Pit Party sounds great to me!
Oct. 6, 2010 6:17 pm
Years ago I found a cookbook from the Seattle Houseboaters that had an entire chapter on their annual pig roast. It was hilarious. They had pages of ingredients. Starting with beer and a jackhammer. Seems that every year they would break up an adequate area of blacktop in their parking lot. (of course patching it later) Needless to say they needed beer to get through the preliminaries. Then they would do a traditional kalua pig with all the accompaniments one might need to do a luau pig in the city. If I recall, it took several days from start to repair with many libations to get them through the work. It still cracks me up thinking about it:) Sure glad you guys had a great time .
Oct. 7, 2010 3:12 am
Mauigirl, now that is a funny story! I certainly understand the need for libation to get thru it all.... The first pig roast we had, as the guests would arrive my hubby would remove the cover to expose the pig cooking. The next stop for everyone was the keg - it was the first time I ever saw my mom drink a beer!
Oct. 7, 2010 6:48 pm
I was freaked out the time I saw a roasted suckling pig complete with a tiny apple in it's tiny mouth. I love pork, but I could not eat it or even cut into it. I believe I drank copious amounts of wine that night. LOL
Oct. 8, 2010 5:24 am
We love those big parties, but like you have trouble doing it every year with kids at home. I smoked 36 pounds of brisket for the last one, wonderful.
Oct. 8, 2010 6:10 am
That's a lot of brisket!! Sounds great, though!
Oct. 10, 2010 5:04 am
MA: Sounds wonderful!
Oct. 10, 2010 9:04 am
Sounds like lots of fun!!!
Oct. 10, 2010 9:36 am
Sounds like loads of fun!! I've never been to a pig roast, but I'd sure love to attend one sometime! I've had "Kalua Pig" before, but I'm sure it wasn't REAL Kalua Pig...you know, the kind cooked in a pit in the ground. Maybe someday......
Oct. 10, 2010 10:43 am
In 1980 I went to my first pig roast, pork has never tasted better, I wish I had been at yours sounds like a blast. Mike I hope you're friends with Mother Ann!!! cute story to add to her blog. Love that you gave hog a name, Todd the Hog works well. Cheers cheers.
Oct. 10, 2010 4:38 pm
I feel bad for Todd. :(
Oct. 10, 2010 7:40 pm
Yummy Yum Yum! Great blog, I enjoyed reading about the food without not eating all the calories!! Again, Yummy, Yum, Yum!!!
Oct. 10, 2010 11:07 pm
This makes me want to host a pig roast. Or at least find one to go to!
Oct. 11, 2010 3:50 pm
That sounds like a great time! We have done a few pig roasts; in fact, just did one for my 50th birthday a few weeks ago. My in'laws enjoyed it so much, I'm doing one for their 50th anniversary next weekend!
Oct. 11, 2010 4:08 pm
That's a great idea for an anniversary! My best friend from high school had one for her wedding reception - and that was cool, too!
Oct. 11, 2010 4:46 pm
Mouth watering MA! What a fiesta.
Oct. 11, 2010 6:29 pm
Sorry-but it sounds sick to me. butchering the pig-killing such an intelligent animal then cutting it in pieces while it still looks like a pig-how can you let your children see that? Well, my opinion. What next-a horse?
Oct. 11, 2010 6:36 pm
Why would you name the animal you eat? Maybe you could raise one from a baby, have it be a pet-then end it's life. Guess I've learned a few more things in my life than some people have-like compassion.
Oct. 11, 2010 8:22 pm
Maybe a little sense of humor goes a long way. A pig roast is a great way to have a great get together. My 10 year old always makes sure he gets one of the eyeballs. Kick back, relax and have fun! (do you not like pork?)
Oct. 12, 2010 1:02 am
some people just do not have a sense of humor. Cannot read ( see ) between the.lines. Learn how to enjoy life or at.least leave your negative comments to yourself , let us have fun. Lady, yo u really did not get WHY this was funny. Why comment anyway ? To let us know how we are not like you+ what terrible people we are according to your oh so perfect life? Gee, thanks. BTW- I am always avaiable to come to your partieeeeeees.lol.
Oct. 12, 2010 3:22 am
My comment to you, Connie, is this: Do you not like meat? Fine, I don't blast you for it, more for me and my family; we all happen to enjoy a chunk of pork now and then and a pig roast is a great party. I've never eaten horse, don't know of anyone who has - I don't think we'll have a horse roast. And, do you carry a leather purse, wear a belt or shoes? Hmmm... a very intelligent animal was killed for those "luxuries". I do believe that God put animals on Earth for sustenance. Every piece of ANIMAL you eat (if you do eat meat, don't really know or care what you eat)was once a beautiful animal and then butchered. Do you think the butcher at the meat counter gets his meat from somewhere where it doesn't look like an animal before he butchers it?? My children have been "seeing" such atrocities since they were old enough to see - and they are some of the most compassionate young adults I know. Both of my children know how to load and shoot a gun -son and daughter. My son owns a whole arsenal of weapons that he uses for hunting and target practicing. He's training to become a police officer and eventually a SWAT Team member so he can put his life on the line and protect his fellow citizens; even those that are against such horrific violence, but who are more than willing to allow my son and others to be in harm's way to save their sorry butts. Oh, and BTW - I used to collect fees and work at one of the largest dog shows in the country. When the "great and wonderful" PETA people would arrive to protest how cruel dog showing was we had to warn the handlers to guard their dogs; yup - the PETA people would actually pour anti-freeze in the waterbowls and turn dogs loose out of their crates and pens. Hmm... the dogs that drank the unsuspecting water would die. Many times the beautiful, well-groomed dogs that were turned loose got hit by cars. How's that for some humane, compassionate treatment of animals??? Kinda like protesting a war with violence in my opinion..... Thank you to everyone else who can appreciate a sense of humor and knows how to have a good time. If my story offends, go read a different blog, but do it in your skivvies because an animal quite possibly was murdered to make some part of the rest of your clothes....
Oct. 12, 2010 5:32 am
PETA folks don't poison animals. It's a myth. I certainly can and will protect my own "sorry butt" when necessary and despise the violence being shoved into our society.
Oct. 12, 2010 6:15 am
Well, sorry - but I was there when the handler found the anti-freeze in the dog dish and the dog was sick and dying.
Oct. 12, 2010 6:58 am
Sounds more like someone involved in the competition, not someone committed to the ethical treatment of animals. I'm sickened that anyone would do that to any sentient being as I lost a cat to anti-freeze posisoning myself (due to neighbor's negligence/ignorance) and it was a most horrific death that I'll never forget.
Oct. 12, 2010 7:37 am
I, too, lost a cat to the very same thing. Our neighbor had a teenage son who worked on cars. His own sister's cat also died the same way. He cleaned up his act when he discovered the error - and I have never allowed a cat outside since.
Oct. 12, 2010 8:42 am
I have been plotting my own pig roast! What do you think is the best method of cooking - a big roaster or a pit? I can't decide what to do with our poor friend...
Oct. 12, 2010 9:16 am
My husband built a neat "lid" to cover the hog with - it sort of looks like a huge mailbox. He made an oven out of cement block that he shovels hot coals into and we have another fire roaring on the side making the hot coals. It seems to work well. He keeps the temp around 200-250 degrees and cooks low and slow all day. Our guy went on about 9:00 am and was ready to eat just after 5:00 pm. Good luck and have fun!
Anne C. 
Oct. 12, 2010 10:11 am
I remember going to a pig roast years ago where they stuffed whole chickens into the cavity of the pig. Let me tell you it was the most delicious tasting chicken AND pork I have ever eaten!
Oct. 12, 2010 12:06 pm
Many years ago my husband and I hosted a type of pig party known as a luau. We did it at a bargain price because our pig had a hernia! Well done bargain shoppers. It was a memorable time, and authentic to lei orchids adorning the women and the pool, Pig buried to roast in its wrapper of ti leaves. Yummy. Best pig ever
Oct. 12, 2010 12:08 pm
Sounds great to me! Brings back happy luau memories!
Oct. 12, 2010 2:02 pm
I remember years ago, our church hosted a pig roast each year as a fund raiser. I have never since had such wonderful pork! I live in Sweden now (I was in Iowa) and my husband doesn't even know what a hog roast is... such a shame. I wish that I could find one here just so he can have the best pork of his life! I envy you and your family and friends. lol
Oct. 12, 2010 2:35 pm
Carolethomas - that sounds like a blast! I had an uncle who was a chef for some high ranking army officer in Vietnam. He used to talk of the Hawaiian pig roasts they would have where they buried the pig and wrapped in leaves - must have been very similar to what you did. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.
Oct. 12, 2010 2:36 pm
Choppie - Your poor husband! LOL This was the first pig roast our Mexican friends had ever been to. They are still talking about it and keep asking if we do one every year. LOL
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