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gtr
12-30-2012, 09:06 PM
I got a 58# pig the other day. I (actually we - my awesome neighbor Roland came over at 4:30 am to help) stuck a wood chunk in his mouth so we could get the apple in later. It took both of us to pry the mouth open and get the chunk in. I rubbed the inside of the pig with kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I figured I'd keep it simple my first time out and I'm glad I did - I'll probably stick to the simple approach for a while.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-105.jpg

I think bigabyte may have gotten to him.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-99.jpg

He fit real good in my beloved Klose. Next time I'm gonna try and 80#er and see how that fits.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-100.jpg

I cooked 225-250 for a few hours, starting with the hams toward the firebox at 5:30 am. I used hickory throughout the cook.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/photo-127.jpg

At 8:30 am we spun the critter 180 degrees and cooked a few more hours - I backed down temps to 200-225 'cause the hams were - well I don't remember what the temps were, but it seemed like a good idea to slow things down a bit.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-101.jpg

At 11:30 we spun it again and went back to cooking at 225-250. I noticed a difference in doneness not only from the front and back of the pig, but also from the left to the right - nothing to worry about, just something to pay attention to. I was feeling pretty good when we took him out at around 3:30 for a total cook time of 10 hours. I think the IT was somewhere around 180, and it was definitely probe tender.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-109.jpg

Since it was a party and all, I figured he'd wanna dress up a little bit while he rested for about an hour.

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/photo-124.jpg

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-104.jpg

I was feeling really good about things when I cut the skin back (next few pics were taken by a friend). The meat was pretty much all pullable. We got pretty close to 2 full pans of meat.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=418&pictureid=6841

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=418&pictureid=6838

Who among us doesn't love a little head?

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=418&pictureid=6839

I think I know what I wanna be for Halloween next year. :tsk:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=418&pictureid=6840

It takes a long time to take a pig apart, which was something that never occurred to me until I was in the middle of doing it. Luckily there were Brethren nearby, and Marty (Campdude) threw some gloves on and got down to business (I don't have a pic of that - my hands were a little greasy!). Marty also brought tortillas and a couple of awesome salsas, which I put over some ribs and ate today - seriously good eats right there! He also brought a couple of pies that disappeared instantly. :shocked:

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-102.jpg

Ray (Silverfinger) and his crew came over & our kids all got to running around and having fun. :thumb: Ray brought some bacon fried rice that knocked everybody's socks off - off the farkin chain! :clap:

Matt (Enkidu), his wife and unbelievably cute 8 month old son came over as well, and his smoked mac & cheese was crazy good and big hit. His bro Chris, another Brethren (browna65) and his lovely lady came as well.

We had a lot of folks come over who brought a lot of great food, and the Brethren stood proud in a very strong field of delicious eats! It was really nice to meet you guys in person and I really look forward to seeing you guys again. I can honestly say that all the Brethren I've met in person are some seriously cool farkers. :thumb: Thanks for the great grub and the help y'all! :clap2:

It was a great party and the pig was farking delicious and tender - I'm chalking it up to beginner's luck. I can't wait to do it again. I was surprised at how well the smoke flavor got in the pig - much better than I expected.

I gotta give props to the knowledgeable and lovely Jeanie (cowgirl), who gave the final approval of my pig cooking plan as well as the inspiration for cooking a pig in the first place. :clap2: I can't wait to cook another one - and next time I'm gonna learn a little more about taking a pig apart - I kinda just pulled this one apart. I'm sure there's a good method I'm unaware of = but the meat got et, and that's what's really important! :hungry:

I'm making pork stock with the bones right now and it smells really good.

Thanks for looking!

flyingbassman5
12-30-2012, 09:15 PM
:clap: Bravo!!!

bigabyte
12-30-2012, 09:15 PM
Fan-farking-tastic!:clap::hungry::whoo:

I love the new look!

VA-Dave
12-30-2012, 09:18 PM
What a great time that had to be.

The pig looks delicious.

Outstanding!

Dave

Smoothsmoke
12-30-2012, 09:19 PM
fan-farking-tastic!:clap::hungry::whoo:

I love the new look!

+1!!!

Boshizzle
12-30-2012, 09:23 PM
Very nice, gtr!

trufunk
12-30-2012, 09:25 PM
Nice!

Bonewagon
12-30-2012, 09:26 PM
Nicely done for your first time! Sounds like a fantastic get together! I admire all of you that tackle cooking a whole hog, I'm not that brave! :becky:

mikerobes
12-30-2012, 09:26 PM
That meat looks perfect, great job. Problem is, now you'll always have that job :shock::-P

TuscaloosaQ
12-30-2012, 09:35 PM
Man now that right there is some good looking pig!!!!!!!!!! Awesome job Awesome!!!!!

trufunk
12-30-2012, 09:35 PM
gtr what is the size of your pit?

gtr
12-30-2012, 09:45 PM
gtr what is the size of your pit?

50" long, 20" diameter. I took out the top shelf and I think I had around 6" to spare on the length.



Thanks for the kinds words y'all!

trufunk
12-30-2012, 09:50 PM
[/I]50" long, 20" diameter. I took out the top shelf and I think I had around 6" to spare on the length.



Thanks for the kinds words y'all!
Ahh ok ill be getting a 24x40 in March so just wanred to girt an idea of space Thanks can't wait to see what you do next!

deepsouth
12-30-2012, 09:54 PM
banGin

Hoss
12-30-2012, 10:11 PM
Attaboy!!!!!

ClayHill
12-30-2012, 10:15 PM
looks great....next time find the cheek meat on that head!!!

gtr
12-30-2012, 10:19 PM
looks great....next time find the cheek meat on that head!!!

Oh we found it alright - that's the best part! :thumb:

Enkidu
12-30-2012, 10:29 PM
It was a hell of a great gathering, with TONS of great food. The pig was awesome! The company was even better.

I am so jealous of your space and all your cookers! The good news is my wife saw that it could be way worse and will now permit me to build a UDS!

Can't wait to do it again!

Enkidu
12-30-2012, 10:36 PM
looks great....next time find the cheek meat on that head!!!

All the brethren were chomping down in it! I think we were the only ones at the party doing so.

Hook_Line_and_Sinker
12-30-2012, 10:38 PM
That's one good looking pig! Well done!
Congrats on getting that cook under your belt

RevZiLLa
12-30-2012, 10:42 PM
Nice work and nice friends!

Cloudsmoker
12-30-2012, 10:43 PM
Hohilicious! Great job.
So, what would you do differently on your 2nd one (if any)?

gaspipe1
12-30-2012, 10:44 PM
Great job! bravo... Seems like it was one hell of a party!

smokiefrank
12-30-2012, 10:56 PM
If that's you in the pic, you need feedin'.

Sounds and looks like great grub, wiwt.

Militant83
12-30-2012, 11:00 PM
Nice cook..I love some whole hog

Captain P.J.
12-30-2012, 11:06 PM
Very cool! I also noticed that you were using the third fastest thermapen... Cause you know Red and Blue are the fastest. :-P

Foxfire
12-30-2012, 11:14 PM
Can I come next time?? Great cook! :clap:

Johnny_Crunch
12-30-2012, 11:20 PM
Great story and awesome pr0n!

gtr
12-30-2012, 11:27 PM
It was a hell of a great gathering, with TONS of great food. The pig was awesome! The company was even better.

I am so jealous of your space and all your cookers! The good news is my wife saw that it could be way worse and will now permit me to build a UDS!

Can't wait to do it again!

Glad I could help with that! :thumb:

It really was great having y'all over - we will be doing this again soon!

Hohilicious! Great job.
So, what would you do differently on your 2nd one (if any)?

Actually the only thing I'll do differently next time is I'll get a bigger pig - I'm thinking 80#. Besides that, I wanna be a little more methodical about breaking it down - like pulling the ribs out intact, etc. I'm guessing there's a proper way to break down a pig & it's probably a good thing to know.

Great job! bravo... Seems like it was one hell of a party!

It really was. My lovely wife & I guess it was around 55 folks - a huge number of whom brought excellent food. :hungry:

If that's you in the pic, you need feedin'.

Sounds and looks like great grub, wiwt.

I'm actually a few pounds up from where I've been - I got my winter layer going and I'll be getting rid of it starting next week. :thumb:

Can I come next time?? Great cook! :clap:

Yes you can! Kind of a haul from where yer at, but we'll take ya!

landarc
12-30-2012, 11:28 PM
Fantastic cook, and nice pig mask too. That sounds like a good time for everyone.

fingerlickin'
12-30-2012, 11:45 PM
Farking outstanding! My new years party tomorrow night suddenly doesn't sound all that impressive. You California farkers have all the fun. :thumbup:

LittleHill Smoke
12-30-2012, 11:49 PM
Job well done GTR! I'm just south of you on the 405 lol..

Moose
12-30-2012, 11:55 PM
Greg,

Thanks for posting this. So sorry we couldn't make it...I would have much preferred being at your place enjoying those tasty goodies instead of being under the weather.

Looks like everything turned out great, and glad Matt, Chris, Ray and Marty were able to come as well.

Next time 4 sure!

Randbo
12-31-2012, 12:02 AM
Awesome cook! I hope to try a whole pig someday! Yours look so good!

MattG
12-31-2012, 12:10 AM
Man that look really tender. Nice Job. :clap2::thumb::becky::clap2:

PatioDaddio
12-31-2012, 02:41 AM
Looks good. I'm sorry that I couldn't make it down.

John

Phubar
12-31-2012, 04:56 AM
:clap:

lastmajordude
12-31-2012, 06:43 AM
"woof"!!!!! ...great job!!!!!!!

que_dawg
12-31-2012, 06:58 AM
That is a great looking cook, sounds like it was tons of fun.

Freddy j
12-31-2012, 07:18 AM
Nice cook & REALLY nice outdoor kitchen

Garyclaw
12-31-2012, 07:31 AM
Fine job Greg!! Sounds like a great time.

Teamfour
12-31-2012, 07:56 AM
Well done! I have to try that.

Mason Dixon Bowhunta
12-31-2012, 07:56 AM
well done :thumb:

chicagokp
12-31-2012, 08:43 AM
Looks and sounds awesome!

MisterChrister
12-31-2012, 09:05 AM
Nice pig Greg and a great write-up. I'm looking forward to having a pit big enough for a whole hog someday. Thanks for posting this!

Enkidu
12-31-2012, 09:25 AM
Greg,

Thanks for posting this. So sorry we couldn't make it...I would have much preferred being at your place enjoying those tasty goodies instead of being under the weather.

Looks like everything turned out great, and glad Matt, Chris, Ray and Marty were able to come as well.

Next time 4 sure!

Sorry you couldn't make it. Hope you feel better.

After seeing gtr's space and set up, I have never been more jealous!

Ron_L
12-31-2012, 11:12 AM
If Bigabyte was a pig?


http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-99.jpg


Great job!

Arlin_MacRae
12-31-2012, 11:24 AM
Dang, GTR - GREAT thread. And I think you were being far too modest when you chalked it up to beginner's luck. Looks like someone's got some mad skillz there. ;)

Arlin

gtr
12-31-2012, 11:59 AM
Awesome cook! I hope to try a whole pig someday! Yours look so good!
Well done! I have to try that.
Nice pig Greg and a great write-up. I'm looking forward to having a pit big enough for a whole hog someday. Thanks for posting this!

You can do it! I hesitated for a really long time and finally figured I'd give it a go. I wish I had tried it sooner.

And MisterChrister - go check out cowgirls blog, she has plans (http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/2007/03/cooking-whole-hog-on-cinder-block-pit_19.html) for a cinderblock pit, which is very simpla and portable - no need to wait to buy a new pit! :thumb:

Job well done GTR! I'm just south of you on the 405 lol..

Keep yer eyes open, hopefully we'll be gathering Brethren come spring.

Greg,

Thanks for posting this. So sorry we couldn't make it...I would have much preferred being at your place enjoying those tasty goodies instead of being under the weather.

Looks like everything turned out great, and glad Matt, Chris, Ray and Marty were able to come as well.

Next time 4 sure!

Moose - hell yes next time for sure! BTW I got a big ole piece of expanded metal here that Ray brought for ya. :thumb:


Looks good. I'm sorry that I couldn't make it down.

John

Give us a holler next time you're out this way. Lionel (lcbateman3) is moving out here in the spring, so I'm guessing we gotta do a big ole thang at some point.

If Bigabyte was a pig?



Great job!

If? :confused:


Dang, GTR - GREAT thread. And I think you were being far too modest when you chalked it up to beginner's luck. Looks like someone's got some mad skillz there. ;) Arlin

Thanks man! But we'll see what the deal really is on the next one. :scared:

Muchas gracias y'all!

Big George's BBQ
12-31-2012, 12:11 PM
Awesome cook :clap2::clap2::clap2:

Will work for bbq
12-31-2012, 12:23 PM
WOW!!! That looks fantastic. :thumb::hungry:

cowgirl
12-31-2012, 01:21 PM
I think I know what I wanna be for Halloween next year. :tsk:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=418&pictureid=6840



I gotta give props to the knowledgeable and lovely Jeanie (cowgirl), who gave the final approval of my pig cooking plan as well as the inspiration for cooking a pig in the first place. :clap2:


lol Greg Thanks for the props!! I had complete faith in you and knew you would nail it!! Looks perfect! The only thing missing is me. lol :hug: :becky:

I've been looking forward to your pics!! Love this one. :laugh::laugh::thumb:

Great looking pig Greg, you :rockon:

gtr
12-31-2012, 01:30 PM
lol Greg Thanks for the props!! I had complete faith in you and knew you would nail it!! Looks perfect! The only thing missing is me. lol :hug: :becky:

I've been looking forward to your pics!! Love this one. :laugh::laugh::thumb:

Great looking pig Greg, you :rockon:

I can't thank you enough Jeanie - once you said the plan was sound I had full confidence it was gonna be ok. I hope you come to SoCal one day and hang out with us! :thumb:

I'm gonna do a few more in the offset and then try that block pit cook you got on your awesome blog. :hungry:

cowgirl
12-31-2012, 02:09 PM
I can't thank you enough Jeanie - once you said the plan was sound I had full confidence it was gonna be ok. I hope you come to SoCal one day and hang out with us! :thumb:

I'm gonna do a few more in the offset and then try that block pit cook you got on your awesome blog. :hungry:

The thing about cooking the first pig is not knowing what to expect. Once you cook one the rest of them are easy.

You nailed it Greg!! Best lookin' "first pig" I ever remember seeing. Hmmm... it looks a lot better than many pigs I've seen, first or not! lol

I hope to make it to SoCal for your next one!! :becky:
Thanks again friend! :thumb:

Gore
12-31-2012, 02:31 PM
Great job and great post!

neuyawk
12-31-2012, 02:38 PM
Nice hog!

silverfinger
12-31-2012, 02:55 PM
I just have to say that my family and I had a awesome time. Getting to meet some of the brethren was cool, but I have to say he has some real cool friends. I think many of them were in the music industry. Farking hilarious, all of them. I could have sat and talked to them all night. There was also a girl there (don't remember her name) that brought a big dish of collard greens that were the best I ever had!! The pig tasted awesome. I got to try some cheek meat for the first time that just melted in your mouth, and you just would not believe all the great food that was brought to the party. Here are some more pic that I took while I was there.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/9ysubu5y.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/uveja4yv.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/eza4egyb.jpg

Greg drew quite a crowed when he began do pull that pig apart.

Thanks for the great time Greg!!!!
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/6y4abuve.jpg

gtr
12-31-2012, 03:22 PM
^^^It was fanfarkingtastic to have y'all over, Ray - you & yer crew are welcome any time! And yes, there were a few musical type folks there - kind of a crusty crew there, right? And those greens...those greens...mmmm....I told her (Mona) she needed to make twice as much next time.

Looking forward to doing this again brother! :clap2:

Love the pix - thanks for putting 'em up! :thumb:

lcbateman3
12-31-2012, 03:34 PM
Looking good! Ready to get there myself and join in on the fun

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2

silverfinger
12-31-2012, 05:50 PM
^^^And yes, there were a few musical type folks there - kind of a crusty crew there, right? :thumb:

I guess some might think that. They all kinda looked like me and the friends I have. Lol. I felt right at home with those guys!!! It was so funny, we were all sittin there and they were tripping on my skynyrd shirt and one of them says, soo, I take it your a Lynyard skynyrd fan so i pulled out my left arm and showed them my tattoo I got when I was 18 years old.
They all just started laughing.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/ena9utu5.jpg

BobM
12-31-2012, 06:12 PM
Wow, that looks really good, great job!

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin

Bigmista
12-31-2012, 06:28 PM
Man I wanted to come but I got soaked at the Market that morning and had the chills by the time I got home. Spent the rest of the evening on the couch fight a cold.

Looks like a great time and a great meal.

campdude
12-31-2012, 06:57 PM
Greg,
Can't say thanks enough for the invite. I had a farkin' fantastic time, and ate way too much, a true sign of great food! I'll second what Ray (Silverfinger) said about your friends. It was a great crowd and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone. Putting a face to the name of the fellow Brethren was cool too. Wish I could have conversed with some more than I did. Oh well, next time, I guess.
What can I say about the pig that hasn't already been said. It was PERFECT, period! You could not have made it any better. All the food, and there was a lot, was extremely good. Your setup made me jealous. Wish I had more space. Thanks for the kind words in the OP. Have a Happy New Year. Hope to be able to get together again soon.

gtr
12-31-2012, 09:07 PM
I guess some might think that. They all kinda looked like me and the friends I have. Lol. I felt right at home with those guys!!! It was so funny, we were all sittin there and they were tripping on my skynyrd shirt and one of them says, soo, I take it your a Lynyard skynyrd fan so i pulled out my left arm and showed them my tattoo I got when I was 18 years old.
They all just started laughing.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/01/ena9utu5.jpg

That is farkin awesome! :clap2: We're of the same tribe brother! :thumb: BTW finishing the bacon fried rice right now. :hungry:


Man I wanted to come but I got soaked at the Market that morning and had the chills by the time I got home. Spent the rest of the evening on the couch fight a cold.

Looks like a great time and a great meal.

I got soaked that morning as well. We had lightning strike right over our farking heads! :shocked: I thought I was gonna jump out of my skin. My kids of course thought it was really cool.

Hopefully we'll see ya next time!

Greg,
Can't say thanks enough for the invite. I had a farkin' fantastic time, and ate way too much, a true sign of great food! I'll second what Ray (Silverfinger) said about your friends. It was a great crowd and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone. Putting a face to the name of the fellow Brethren was cool too. Wish I could have conversed with some more than I did. Oh well, next time, I guess.
What can I say about the pig that hasn't already been said. It was PERFECT, period! You could not have made it any better. All the food, and there was a lot, was extremely good. Your setup made me jealous. Wish I had more space. Thanks for the kind words in the OP. Have a Happy New Year. Hope to be able to get together again soon.

Thanks for coming and it was really great to meet and hang with you. And you see this here?

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd450/gtrbbq/Photo1-110.jpg

You see where the level started and where it got to? I did that in about 15 minutes. By myself. And I didn't stop after I took the pic. :tsk:

BTW I went through the stuff we threw in the pan and there was only about another pound there, so we got it pretty good. :clap:

campdude
12-31-2012, 09:54 PM
Glad you enjoyed the salsa. Was that the mild or medium? I didn't know how many people would like it hot, so I tried to be mellow with the chilis.

gtr
12-31-2012, 09:57 PM
^^^That was the mild. I like 'em both, just happened to grab that one. I dumped the medium over some ribs and assorted bones yesterday, plus made a couple tacos w/salsa and it worked really well. :thumb:

***on edit

Just stumbled across those candy thingees you made. :shocked: What's the story there? those are amazing! They may not make it through the night.

campdude
12-31-2012, 11:08 PM
I meant to ask you if your lovely wife shared them. They were some chocolate coconut caramels that I made. I didn't have enough left for the whole party, so I thought I'd just bring some for the host and hostess :-D.

gtr
12-31-2012, 11:11 PM
We're loving them!

campdude
12-31-2012, 11:30 PM
We're loving them!
:thumb::clap2:

silverfinger
01-01-2013, 12:09 AM
There was so much food I never got a chance to try it all. But I can say this much, I did not see a dish that I did not want to try. I wish I could have tasted them all!!!

What a feast!!!!

BBQ_MAFIA
01-01-2013, 08:00 AM
its great to see a group of friends having a good time and sharing a fantastic meal.
The pig looks great.

Enkidu
01-01-2013, 10:51 AM
There was also a girl there (don't remember her name) that brought a big dish of collard greens that were the best I ever had!!

Those collards were awesome!

Enkidu
01-01-2013, 10:52 AM
There was so much food I never got a chance to try it all. But I can say this much, I did not see a dish that I did not want to try. I wish I could have tasted them all!!!

What a feast!!!!

Oh, I tasted them all... some of them multiple times. 4 plates, Silverfinger... 4 plates...

Yeah, I eat more than my friend Chris that you met.

slow-smoker
01-04-2013, 10:34 AM
Greg, I'm late to the party on this thread (farking work), but it looks like you guys had some serious fun and fantastic food. The pig looks great and I'm encouraged to try it myself sometime. Glad you posted the pics too.