Not this year. I decided to buy a whole pig and roast it in a pit in the ground. No, I've never done it before nor have I ever seen anyone do it. How hard can it be? Right?
Digging the pit was the toughest part. Especially since my back yard is mostly clay. Ufdah! Anyway, I lined it with pavers to help keep some heat in.
On to the pig. A beautiful 46lb hog fully dressed and hanging out with my daughter.
After a good amount of seasoning I wrapped it in banana leaves and some serious aluminium foil. Don't want any of that dirt to get in! Some chicken wire made it easier to transfer the pig around.
Time to start a roaring fire in the pit! At some point the flames went up to several feet. After a couple of hours all there was left was glowing embers. Time to place the pig. We lowered it into the coals, covered it with a soaked cotton tarp and burried it under all that soil you see in the back. See you tomorrow pig!
The following evening, after forcing my family to dig the pig out --after all I did move all that soil twice already-- it was time to retrieve our prize!
|removing the wire|
|Now that's dinner!|
|Never having butchered such a large animal, I did pretty good!|
|Off with his head!!|
|My brother in law challenged my son to eat one of the eyeballs for a $50 prize. He popped it in his mouth... then immediately spat it out... Better double the money next time!|
Dinner was served as tacos with all the usual trimmings. We all had a great time and enjoyed our meal!