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Old 06-25-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Pig Roast?

Has anyone here been to a pig roast, or as a North Carolina co-worker calls it, "a pig pickin'"?

What kind of side dishes are provided? And who carves the poor pig? I really hope the pig is not displayed for people to carve themselves.
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Usually the sides are coleslaw and potato salad and macaroni and cheese. It depends on who is hosting.

Generally the pork is pulled by the chef or the company that smoked the pig. Some places will display the pig others will not. If it is a pig that is smoked by an individual then all bets are off. It is all personal preference of the host.


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My good friend in law school had a pig roast for graduation. Her dad is a butcher and they own their own store...he & her one brother carved bit into huge trays. We only saw bit whole a few times when they checked it on the spit and when it was removed.

We have had sides of cow for family parties and my parents carved those in sections and then put them out.

Typical sides from the bones I have gone to have been those normal picnic foods - potato salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad is also common as it serves as a palate cleanser. Also usually baked beans and sometimes a salad. I think the sides are more dependent on geographic location becauseanybtimes that is personal preferance.
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My DDinLaw is Vietnamese and in her culture a whole pig is often roasted as part of a celebration. The entire pig is displayed and parts are carved and placed on trays. Sides are lots and lots of good Vietnamese food.

My older son (husband to this woman) went to a pig roast at a camp out when he was 7. since that day, he has not eaten any pig products, although he outs a small amount of pork on his plate at his in laws celebrations.
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At a real pickin, the person during the cooking cuts open and chops the meat once it's cooked and the folks eating come along and pull off the meat they want at the BBQ and add as much sauce as they like. Sides are generally, coleslaw, potato salad, hush puppies, baked beans and fries, banana pudding or cobbler of some type for dessert.
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