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Old 07-27-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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I been trying to get a pig cooking thing going this year. Did my first PAID gig yesterday for an 'end of season' baseball picnic for kids.
They wanted a 150# pig which I didn't even know if it would fit in my cooker and cook right. Turns out the packing house sends me a 127#er which just fit with the back legs cut off. I added 3 butts to make up the weight.
All went well with a ton of compliments. I had 4 sauces out. Sweet Baby Rays, Ole Ray's, Head country and my own version of Carolina vinegar based. The Carolina was the hit followed by head Country. I just bought a gallon of Head Country this week based on you guys comments. I like it a lot.
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We had 2 consecutive contests with this as the 3rd weekend. I'm ready for a rest. I don't know how you guys do a big spread with sides and stuff.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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looks good...believe me, even after a comp where I got a top 3, as I'm unloading and cleaning , I'm swearing I'll never do it again, same with caters.

It's definately fun but folks have no idea how much unseen work there
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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I'll bet the kids were dazzled! Nice work.

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Old 07-27-2008, 07:30 PM   #4
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Looked great Rag!
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:46 PM   #5
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Great job Rag.
Cappy I thought I was the only one that felt that way...Loading up I usually ask myself why..
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:56 AM   #6
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Nice presentation Rag. You want to do our whole hog in Salisbury next year?
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:22 AM   #7
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The guy who contracted me asked if the pig still had the head on in the closed cooker. I answered yes, and he replied, "kids won't eat that". They are 'town kids'.
I'm not ready to compete in whole hogs yet. I have enough trouble with the damned chicken.
This was our second party to cook a pig (first paid) where I threw in a big batch of Brunswick Stew. (give em something extra for the money thing)
People go nuts for that stuff. I couldn't believe it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #8
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Looks great congrats on your paid gig.
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