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In Reply to: whole hog cook posted by Ron in Boaz on August 29, 2011 at 12:16:23:
I would go ahead and build the pit a day or more ahead of time if that is an option. I think you need to take a long time to burn the inside of it. I don't have a clue what chemicals might be used in the manufacture of blocks. I would want to burn the grass totally gone. Also any worms or bugs in the top few inches of dirt. Also, if this area has been used as a coyote urinal you might want to burn it real well. This would be a good opportunity to burn up any old wood you have that is too old to bbq with but you just hate to throw away. Those four partial bags of moldy charcoal under the seat of the Yukon you've been meaning to toss out burn them now along with those partial bags of assorted pellets. When burning the pit out don't get it so hot that you bust the blocks or warp the metal covering the top.
When building the pit I would build it big enough to have the hog in the middle and put the fire around the outside walls so that you could cook indirect or maybe put the fire at each end far enough away from the hog so that grease doesn't drip into the fire.
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