It’s Swine Time for Israel

Using pigs for medical research as a front for being able to raise and eat the state-outlawed-swine: Only in Israel!

In a fascinating article that manages to interweave Judaism, pork chops, Marxism, colorectal cancer, and a collection of decorative pigs, the BBC looks at a kibbutz that raises swine (for research! Yeah…that’s the ticket!).

OK, the medical experiments may not be, strictly speaking, an excuse to raise and eat swine. But somewhere in your heart of hearts, Kibbutz Lahav members, we both know where your primary motivation lies. To which I say: Well done!

Next stop on the Barbecue Trail??


Life’s hard. And I’m sure it’s even harder with the threat of mortar attacks never far off. Why not enjoy the divine swine??

As photographed, the kibbutz’ main hog cooker is Ofer Doron is partial to the pork chop. Trust us, Ofer, if you make some barbecue and do it right, you’ll have that pork ban lifted in no time. And it would probably earn him the chance to fill BBQ Jew’s long-vacant Israel Correspondent slot. Give us a shout if you think you’re up to the task, Ofer.

iPad Barbecue: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Pixels

Here’s hoping your July 4th cookout was less pathetic than this tech geeky one.  I guess there really is an app for everything, but I think your hog-tech gadget budget would be better spent on this pork-based iPhone stylus.

Patriotism Carolina-Style

It’s America’s birthday this weekend and one of the oldest cities in North Carolina has big plans to celebrate.  What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to build the biggest barbecue sandwich on record?  At least that’s what Tommy Moore, the owner and pitmaster of Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbecue in New Bern figures as he sets his sights on the Guinness world record for Largest Barbecue Open Sandwich (Editor’s note: I’m not sure exactly what that category means, but who cares!). 

According to the Sun Journal, the big ol’ BBQ on a bun will be unveiled at New Bern’s Fourth of July celebration, which this year marks the town’s 300th birthday. Oh, and since New Bern is also the birthplace of Pepsi (aka “Brad’s Drink,”) you may want to wash your share of that sandwich down with an ice cold one.