Tasty Tuesday: A Pig Roast for the Ages

I realize it’s been several months since I’ve posted (sadly), but I’m no longer job-free. So, with less time on my hands and frankly, after a full day of sitting in front of a computer  at work, blogging hasn’t been appealing lately. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it, so I want to do a better job at posting when there’s something interesting to share.

Cue our Lord of the Flies experience…

Thunder, lightening, an inch of rain and severe weather warnings wasn’t stopping Cory and our friend Derrick from roasting a 30 lb. pig on Sunday. Extremely skeptical, I sat in the safety and comfort of our home and watched as the boys climbed around our patio to set up a tarp to cover the roasting pit they constructed in our tiny little outdoor area.

Fast forward a few hours and the rain had stopped by 4 p.m. The tarp came off and guests were ready to party!

Derrick did most of the work on our dear friend Mr. Oinkers, so I can’t really explain the culinary process – though apparently he marinated the guy for a few days. It was quite the feast, I must say! We had a talented group of chefs over to enjoy the festivities, ones who work/ed at Vie, North Pond, Belly Shack and one who assists a top celeb chef! Although I tried vehemently to cancel the festivities, I’m pretty proud to have been among such food experts – at our very own Pig Roast! 🙂

Below are some of the pix, vegetarians and Babe-lovers beware:

Derrick and Cory prepping the pig.

The roasting pit on our patio.

The tarp and roasting pit, with the heavy run drops (as seen through our window).

Pig - Before.

Pig - After.

The spectators.

Getting closer...

Veggie-friendly sides.

Several hours later, off the fire pit.

I can't believe this happened at my house.

Poor little guy.

I tried the pig, but I'd maybe vote for a bite of hamburger cake instead.

Please note, I do not condone such behavior and our first annual Pig Roast was actually our farewell Pig Roast. The roasting pit is officially closed for business. Please don’t check back again next year (though, do check out Thi2’s Takes on Facebook for more pix). Sorry for any inconvenience!

After our crazy roast, some good ol’ Caffe Gelato and a regular ol’ Chicago-style beef hot dog sounded so good – and that’s what I got for our Memorial Day. The gelato was the perfect afternoon snack after a day in the hot sun and the hot dogs were the perfect all-American meal, both served al fresco on such a beautiful Chicago day/evening…


Stracciatella (Italian Vanilla with Chocolate Chip) and Frutti di Bosco Raspberry).


The works! Chicago-style dogs on the patio.

What was served at your Memorial Day BBQs? Anything extreme like ours or more traditional with burgers and brats?


2 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday: A Pig Roast for the Ages

  1. It’s always funny to see how other people roast their pigs. We have pig cookers created just for bbq’s. But kudos for trying this out-the pig looked good anyway.

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