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Re: What Does BBQ mean to you?


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Posted by bbqwizard on August 14, 2013 at 21:44:37:

In Reply to: What Does BBQ mean to you? posted by Frank Bailey on August 14, 2013 at 14:51:41:

Back when I had a stick burner i would ponder those same thing's.....

What does it mean to me? It means getting people together, building long-lasting relationships and memories, and Eating amazing HOMEMADE food that was cooked from the soul!

My fondest memory of barbecue stems from when I was a kid. I spent all of August at my grandparents to help with all of the preparations for the annual pig roast. We would do everything and anything needed to make a successful roast. Everything from mowing, raking, clearing the fields, digging the pits (one for the hog, the other for the beverages) to making games, and signs.

We would start the fire in the cinder pit a couple day's ahead of time. The night before we'd alway's have a bonfire and sleep under the stars. In the early morning hours the hog would go on the pit. My grandfather and uncle preferred the rotisserie method, versus the butterfly. Oh I can still smell the apple smoke and whisps of pork fat dripping onto the coals.

As morning dawned we would have a nice hearty breakfast. By 11a.m. the place would start filling in with family, friends, friends or friends and the like. The festivities generally continued long into the night and into the next morning. All kinds of games, and a whole lot of (money lost) playing cards. A live band or just loud music could be heard all throughout the area.

Ahhh the memories! The annual pig roast went nineteen years before they hung it up. what started out as a family get together in the first year ended with a two-hog 400+ person hog fest!

On multiple occasions I have wanted to "bring back the pig"....I would like my sons to have the same memories.

Phillip


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