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Monday, April 11, 2011

Not sure how to put this delicately...I raise my own pork (aka Spot Meets Drum)

If you're familiar with the "spot" breed of pigs, you know how tasty they are. This one went into the freezer not long ago. (he led a great life and was treated like a king)


I tried the Hog Dirt dry rub sent be smoking friend Phrasty from Jamaica...




used my favorite injection recipe from talented smoking friend Jon...





This hunka spot was part of the shoulder... cut into smaller roasts. (easier for me to use)





I used the drum with a bit of hickory..





Fried up some of my canned green tomatoes in bacon drippings..





The hickory smoked spot, fried green tomatoes, hot biscuit and salad...




I loved Phrasty's dry rub, the bark was so tasty... The homegrown spot was so moist and tender.. :)


34 comments:

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

Aw. You're makin' me hungry again.

cowgirl said...

Thank you Amy! :) I woulda shared if you lived closer!

Anonymous said...

See spot run...run spot run. :-o lol or how bout i got you Spotted... or last one... Cowgirl took out the Spot....:))) Buddy

Marc van der Wouw said...

Wow looks very nice...The injection marinade... what did you use?

Big Dude said...

That's a fantastic plate and looks like Spot did his job well. I grew up in town and think I'd get too attached to the animals to turn them into meat.

Rocco said...

ya, we know who lives like a king!

LindaG said...

It does look like a great meal. :)

Kevin L. said...

I'm really going to have to start reading your blog AFTER I eat... Now I need a really big breakfast!
Memo to self "Cowgirl's blog is Not Diet friendly, take prudent precautions....

Great looking meal, takes on a whole new meaning to "spots before my eyes"! Sorry...

God bless, K.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thats the way to get 'er done! We are going to be getting our pigz (2 tamworths) hopefully very soon. I hate pigz on the hoof but wow do I love them on the grill. Go Bacon!

Murphyfish said...

Now my stomach is rumbling! Looks great..
John

Jim said...

When we had the farm we raised all of our own food, just like you do now. I worked at a slaughtering house when I was 14 until I was 20 and learned a lot.

"See spot run.... See spot smoked on the table with a side of fried green tomatos and fresh greens!" Spot never looked so good. Yummy!

Jim Dorchak

kirby said...

I'm trying to convince a family member to raise a pig. They have lots of oak covered property, but they waste it by pasturing one of those useless little mini-horses. What a waste, everyone knows you can't barbecue a pony.... or can you? ; )

cowgirl said...

lol Buddy!! Thanks! :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Marc! I used apple juice, water, soy, brown sugar... I can't remember what else went into the mix but will look for it. It's smoking friend Jon's recipe.. and I really love it with pork!
Thanks again Marc..

cowgirl said...

Thanks Larry! It's not easy raising your own meat.. veggies yes but meat no. :)
It's worth the effort though.
Thanks!

cowgirl said...

lol Rocco, I live like a queen for sure!

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Linda! The pork is so sweet and tender. I am set for awhile on pork.

cowgirl said...

Hahaha Kevin! Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by. :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Ohiofarmgirl! I like the way you think. :)
Good luck with your tamworths!

cowgirl said...

Thank you John! I'm glad the before and after pics didn't bother you. Sometimes I hear from people who are offended by my home grown or hunted meals.
They like to think meat comes wrapped in plastic.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by too, it's nice to see you!

cowgirl said...

lol Jim Thanks!! I need to give you a call when the next pig is ready to be processed. :)

cowgirl said...

Haha Kirby! They might be tasty!
I agree with you though. The mini horses are cute and I suppose they make good pets. I'd be using the land to cut down on grocery bills.
Thanks Kirby! :)

Mr. Clydesdale said...

Cowgirl, just keep being you. And thanks for sharing. I wonder if these folks who don't know where meat comes from know where other things come from. Babies and freedom come to mind.
I bet that homegrown pork just blows away store bought.

Mrs. JP said...

So, you can fry canned green tomatoes? Wow, I didn't know that.

cowgirl said...

Thank you for that Mr Clydesdale!! You've made my day. :)

I think homegrown tastes better. :)
Hope you are having a great week!

cowgirl said...

Yes Mrs JP, they are tasty! I like fried pickled green tomato slices too...they have a nice twang to them .:)

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Poor old Spot. He sure does look tastey on a plate though. How's things going Jeanie, hav'nt seen ya for awhile.

Jeffery said...

Very nice once agian! :) Im sure that hog lived like a king. Coming out the drum, looks like he really hit the "spot" hehehe

Foodness Gracious said...

Great site, I love the smoking aspect and that pork butt looks awesome, thanks!

Ssteppe said...

My wife's cousin's family raised cows. When her cousin was given his first cow to raise himself, he was prompted to name it. He sullenly said, "Might as well name him Hamburger, because that's what he'll be..."

cowgirl said...

Hey Mark! How have you been? Hope all is going well with you. Did ya make it through winter ok?
Things are going good here... the weather is starting to warm up a bit so I have camping on my mind a lot. lol
Thanks for stopping by, it's good to see ya!

cowgirl said...

lol Jeffery, Thanks! :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Foodness Gracious! I appreciate you stopping by. Nice to meet you! :)

cowgirl said...

Haha... Steve, that was a great name for a cow! I bet he was tasty too. :)
Thanks!!