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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Weekend Pig Roast

We have enjoyed pig roasts for years and held  our first pig roast in celebration of our 30th Anniversary shortly after moving here.  We did everything from arranging the pig roaster, picking up the pig and roasting the pig.  It was a lot of fun.  The huge, propane powered pig roaster was hooked trailer fashion to one of our vehicles for transportation from where we rented it to our home then back again.  At one time these roasters were easy to find for rental, perfect for larger summer get-togethers.   The following year we called to rent the roaster again to find they no longer rent out their roaster.  I called around looking for one without success. Apparently we are going to have to breakdown and buy one.

pig roast
A couple of weeks later we went to relatives for their   Canada Day weekend pig roast celebrations.  This is a massive get-together that starts early in the afternoon lasting into the late evening hours.  Some stay overnight where the party continues onto the following day.  Their firework display outshines many community firework displays.  In recent years, they have moved the get-together to the weekend after the Canada Day weekend.

This is large scale summer cooking at it's finest.  They have built a room inside the garage where the guest of honour, the roasted pig resides.  This year's pig was simply gorgeous!  It is prepared for them by a firm in Amherstburg, Ontario.  Unlike most pig roasts we attend and even the way we roasted our pig, this pig was roasted without the legs and bones other than the head.  The body was stuffed then secured with butcher's twine for the roasting process.  The presentation as always was impressive.  The black countertop roaster on the table (upper left corner) was filled with homemade black beans.  There was a variety of salads, vegetable and fruit trays.  Just outside of the garage to the right, two massive grills were going full tilt turning out hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages.  The grills continued throughout the evening.  Trays and trays of desserts mainly squares, cookies and bars were passed around.  There was a large, bottomless candy bowl of various penny candies was passed around much to the delight of the little ones as well as some of the not so little ones.   It was a non-stop foodie fest followed by amazing eye candy!

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