Happy 4th of July, friends and strangers. Whether you are making barbecue today or just plain grilling, may your day be full of equal parts meat and joy!
Those of you who know Porky LeSwine well are aware that he loves the St. Louis Cardinals as much as he loves barbecue. (He also loves to talk about himself in the third person from time to time.) Thus, Porky was thrilled to see this article about Cards’ ace pitcher, Adam Wainwright. An avid BBQ eater, Wainwright offers that, “bad barbecue makes me want to fight somebody.” I know what he means, though I’m not sure I’d phrase it quite that way.
Apologies to the 99% of you readers who find this post completely uninteresting. Mr. Wainwright, if you are reading this article then please know that: a) you are an honorable man, b) I’ll buy you a plate of NC barbecue anytime and c) you really ought to send me some complimentary playoff tickets.
To the naked eye, the below picture might look simply like four pale guys grinning like idiots. In fact, it’s a veritable barbecue all-star team grinning like idiots (and a couple of cute kids who are blessed to look more like my wife than me).
Pictured from left to right (excluding the kids): your very own Porky LeSwine, Daniel Vaughn (@bbqsnob), John Shelton Reed (@smartlyavoidstwitter), and Nicholas McWhirter (@redblank).
Mr. Reed, of Holy Smoke fame, should need no introduction to North Carolina barbecue enthusiasts. Daniel (author) and Nicholas (photographer) are the talented team behind the soon-to-be-released book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat. Good folk everyone of them, and it was a pleasure to “break hush puppies” with them.
If I was looking for a new name for this blog, it’d surely be Judas Pig. That turn of phrase alone would make this article on the war on feral hogs worth reading. What exactly is a Judas pig? According to the article, “Essentially, after capturing and killing a hog family, hunters will leave a sow alive and outfit her with a microchip or tracking collar. Then, when she finds a new group of pigs to join, hunters can use the GPS data and descend on the unsuspecting creatures.” Sounds more like Catholic crusade pigs to me, but I digress…
Being a member of the bloggerati has its perks–samples of barbecue sauce, newly published cookbooks and other goodies sent for free through the mail. And now, completely resetting the bar, this press release directed to my BBQJew at gmail.com account…
Do you own your own establishment? Are you the creative mind or part of a team behind the restroom design inside of one? Or have you patronized a particularly memorable facility?
Just in time for everyone to make their New Year’s resolution about losing weight: the BBQ Diet. Learn more–or don’t and make it up yourself–at https://twitter.com/BBQDiet . Sadly, the barbecue these dieters are referring to is primarily of the bastardized verb variety–grilling, by any other name.
Somewhat ironically, BBQJew.com has offered to help a German journalist who is writing a story on North Carolina barbecue. The journalist, Merten Worthmann, writes for Zeit Magazine, a German publication, and will be in town this coming week to tour the state and its barbecue. Merten is eager to find a pig pickin’, BBQ fundraiser or other such event to attend while in our state and I don’t know of any going on next week (between Wednesday and Saturday). Any ideas? I’m sure he’d love an invite to an authentic family or church/synagogue/mosque pig pickin’…
Thanks to the illustrious J.S. Reed for sending along the below image of a World War II British propaganda poster. The poster begs the question as to whether loyal citizens should save pork scraps should to feed the hogs. Yes would be my guess, as the way that fat pig is winking and grinning, it looks like he’s been eating barbecue.
Happy Fourth of July everyone! There are few things more American than Andy Griffith, who recently passed away in
his beloved our beloved home state of North Carolina. I was trying to figure out an excuse to talk about Andy on this blog but it seemed like a stretch. I mean, what does Andy Griffith have to do with pork? Well, my good friend Eric “Cracklin’s” Calhoun answerwed that question for me with the following video. Take a look and pay your respects to the man who everyone loved and who helped give NC a good name (even if most of us have been subject to a handful of Mayberry-golly-gee stereotypes over the years!).
Andy, you’re an honorary BBQ Jew in my book. Rest in peace.