Porky’s Pulpit: Pigs in the City

Breaking news from Fayetteville, where an 80-pound potbellied pig named Loopey has hogged grabbed the attention of the community for the past week.  On August 1st, the Fayetteville Observer published one of those hard hitting, take no prisoners pieces of journalism for which the mainstream media is rightfully known. 

The story reported the heart wrenching (truly) tale of an 8 year old boy with autism whose pet potbellied pig was taken away due to a local ordinance prohibiting swine within Fayetteville’s city limits.  The boy’s family did what you might expect of any family faced with their situation.  No, no, they didn’t cook Loopey.  They immediately started pressuring City Council to overturn the ordinance, with the help of an online petition that had drawn nearly three thousand signatures as of press time.  The family quickly earned the support of Councilman Keith Bates, who suggested that potbellied pigs up to 125 pounds be allowed within city limits. (Is it just coincidence that 125 pounds is a nice pre-cooked weight for a dressed whole hog, or does Councilman Bates have a catering business on the side?)

One of Loopey's relatives smiling for the camera

One of Loopey's not-too-distant relatives smiling for the camera.

An August 4th follow-up story in the Fayetteville Observer (motto: “We milk pigs for all they’re worth”) reported that, by a 6-2 vote, City Council had directed staff to research what it would take to revise their ordinance to allow domesticated pigs like Loopey.  The same day the paper ran a sympathetic companion story profiling Loopey (An excerpt: “Her wrinkled brow makes her look perpetually angry, but she is anything but.”) 

Just yesterday, the Fayetteville Observer published yet another article on Loopey, this time an editorial, which Continue reading

Swine Swag!!!

The moment America has been waiting for has arrived at last.  No, not signs of sustained economic recovery, but t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and more promoting this website.  All items feature the soon-to-be-iconic BBQ Jew logo and witty sayings sure to appeal to devoted website readers and newbies alike.  Better yet, you can customize your merchandise however you see fit.  Interested? Willing to pretend you are?  Humor us and check out our merchandise page

SPECIAL NOTE TO CONSUMERS: This may be your best opportunity to bail out the U.S. economy and line our pockets with a few cents, which we will reinvest in the local economy by buying barbecue.  Unfortunately, President Obama informed us–over a glass of Bud Light (surely he’ll switch to Hogwash eventually) and a chopped tray at a recent Swill & Swine Summit–that there will be no “cash for clunkers” type government incentives for BBQ Jew merch.  Apparently BBQ Jew is NOT too big to fail, at least according to the Prez.  Oh well, we tried.

Art, Religion & Barbecue

We recently received an email from Joel Haas of Raleigh, who kindly agreed to let us share excerpts from his witty message.  Joel’s email begins as follows: “I am very, very grateful that my Jewish grandfather who immigrated to NC in 1900 didn’t take his religion seriously and married a Methodist girl, or I, a NC born and bred back sliding screaming left wing Episcopalian, would not be enjoying the joys of Q.”  How’s that for an opening salvo?

Joel’s email continues, “My true religion is ultra orthodox right wing don’t even talk-to-me-about-using-gas hickory-smoked Eastern NC Q.  I am in a mixed marriage since my wife is from near Lexington and Salisbury NC.”  Since Mrs. Porky LeSwine is from Illinois, thankfully I do not have to deal with such contentious debates at my home.  After all, Illinois produces corn and corn is enjoyed in cornmeal form throughout both of North Carolina’s regional barbecue empires.  Of course, Mrs. LeSwine has never taken a shine to barbecue, so not all is well at my home.

Functional pig art by Joel Haas

Functional pig art by Joel Haas

Back to Joel.  In addition to being a left-wing Episcopalian and a right-wing Hickory Thumper, he is a professional sculptor.  Although he does not Continue reading