Monday, October 1, 2012

My Town Monday: A Pig Party in Pictures, San Diego, CA

 Happy Monday! It's been a while since I put up a My-Town-Monday post. I've missed them. I took off the summer, and, suddenly, it's October! I'm not sure where I misplaced September. :) Anyway, here goes...A Pig Party In Pictures in San Diego, CA!

A couple of months ago, Mr. Summy came to me with a suggestion.

Mr. Summy: Why don't we dig a hole in our backyard, fill it with burning coals and a whole, dead pig, and then throw a big party?

Me: You do realize we have both a functioning bar-b-que and stove? And that they sell pork chops at the grocery store?

Mr. Summy: Come on. It'll be fun, an adventure.

Me: You do realize that I have a book due this fall?

Mr. Summy: I'll do most of the work. You won't have to dig any of the hole at all.

From the pictures below, you will se that I capitulated. True, I did not dig any of the hole. Although I ended up doing quite a lot of prep to get ready for this party. Yay for girlfriends (ER, LP, PB) who helped out! AND I must admit, I HAD A GREAT TIME! I do enjoy a party. And this one was partic fun!

Every night for a week, Mr. Summy would eat his supper, then disappear to the bottom of our hill to work on the hole.
Mr. Summy and Child #4 drove to Ramona to pick up our pig. Mr. Summy and his friends name it "Wilbur." A fan of Charlotte's Web, Child #4 was not impressed.

The pig unveiled. Child #3 was so taken with the dead pig that he texted photos to his friends. As a result, we ended up with several teens at our party. Fun!

A co-worker of Mr. Summy's, Mr. Lewis applied a secret family rub to the pig. He declined to share the ingredients. We will continue to harrass him about this, as the rub was delish.

Mr. Summy and another co-worker, the crazy Mr. Barley (whose name was used as a suspect in i so don't do makeup!) inject the pig with a marinade.

The pig is stuffed with seasoned veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions). They cooked perfectly.

Super hot coals!

The pig is wrapped in wet burlap to keep the meat tender. It worked. Although  next time (did I actually just type that?!), I'd like to try wet banana leaves.

The pig is next wrapped in tin foil and then chicken wire. You can see, it's quite the procedure!

The Burial

Sixteen hours later, the hot pig is exhumed and carried up the hill.

The pig is cooked. The meat is falling off the bone.

p.s. There will be a Book Review Club meeting on Wednesday. Looks good!


Beth said...

Not so into the prep and the visual of the pig – but I’m sure it was delicious.
Wilbur! How cruel… ;)

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow. That looks like so much work but, oh, it sounds delicious, too. Glad you had such a good time, and good luck with your book deadline!

Lauren said...

That looks like a TON of fun. What a unique and interesting party idea! Where did he come up with the idea to do this?

Barrie said...

Beth: Having that whole pig in my house was, uh, yuck. All I can say is...thank goodness the butcher removed the eyes. That would've totally done it for me!

Barrie said...

Caryn: It was pretty tasty. And I need some good luck with this deadline. So, thank you. ;)

Barrie said...

Lauren: good question! I really have no idea why Mr. Summy got it in his head to have a party like this. Certainly, he's never been to one. I'll have to ask him. Gee. Ya think I might have questioned this before! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Are you sure you weren't really burying a body in that hole?

AbaGayleb said...

Wow! That looks like it was a lot of fun. (:
Glad you had a good time.

Teresa said...

So glad you're posting again, Barrie. This reminds of when I was about 5 or 6 and my grandparents decided to do a Hawaiian luau at their beach house in the San Juan islands. My grandfather's secretary was from Hawaii, and when her brother came out to visit, he brought the banana leaves and poi and the whole nine yards. I do not know where they got the pig, they dug a pit and cooked it much like your husband did. It was delicious. Fortunately, no one thought to name it Wilbur. I was a huge Charlotte's Web fan and would have been quite upset!

Hope your writing goes well and you make your deadline.

Barrie said...

Hi Teresa!!!! Good to see you. How fun that your family has done this luau thing too. Yes, the whole Wilbur part was gruesome. Ugh. And you know how it goes with just have to meet them. :)

Sarakastic said...

I wonder where he came up with the idea.

Barrie said...

Sarakastic, I wonder the same thing!