Pig Party Preparations

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Warning: If you don’t want to see a dead pig and its innards, you may want to skip this post.

It’s been a busy day here! Preparations are in full swing for our Pig Party tomorrow!

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The guys picked up the pig from a farm out in the ”˜burbs and then drove down to our house, where they built the pit out of cinderblocks with a wood frame on top.

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The inside of the pit is lined with tinfoil and includes a steel pipe rack on which the pig will lay. Charcoal below will cook the pig.

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The guys have been planning this pig roast for months now. They are totally psyched about it!

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The plan: debone the pig, stuff it with meats, veggies, and herbs, sew it back up, and roast it. Sounds pretty intense, right? Thankfully, we have Mike’s cooking expertise to guide us through the process.

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I decided not to post photos of the deboning process, so here are some cute photos of Ping, the happiest pug on earth.

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Once the pig was deboned, we took a break to eat a quick dinner. We ordered pizza. Easy. Delicious. No cooking involved.

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After dinner, the guys got busy cooking the stuffing for the pig, which included sausage, Granny Smith apples, Rosemary, garlic, fennel, radicchio, carrots, and celery.

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The stuffing needed to cool before we could put it in the pig, so we improvised.

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Let the stuffing begin!

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I took on the responsibility of sewing up the pig after it was stuffed. It was definitely a first for me!

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Finished! Hooray!!

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We still have quite a bit to do before the Pig Party tomorrow, so everyone is sleeping over and we’re waking up super early to get everything done. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!



  1. I don’t see what all the fuss is about – you gave people fair warning, so if this kind of stuff bothers them, they shouldn’t have looked. Personally I think it looks awesome! My parents do a pig roast every summer and it’s always such a blast. Hope you guys have fun today!

  2. I am so impressed. I could *never* do this (it actually brought me back to my biology lab days when I had to dissect a cat…haha!) but kudos to you! There’s nothing different from this and showing us how you prepared, say, a pork chop. Really. It’s just that many of us aren’t comfortable with seeing that our food isn’t from a nice clean white tray with saran wrap on top. 😉

  3. This is the first post that I’ve actually taken the time to read through all the comments on, partly because it’s easy to get sucked up in the drama of it all, but also because it’s really interesting to read the differing views on the subject. I have to say though, to the people who are going on about how disrespectful the process is: take a step back and think about how disrespectful you’re being to a fellow human being who has decided to share a part of their life with you. I know bloggers put themselves out there for criticism, but people seem to hide behind the internet when throwing out hurtful comments. I’m all for having an opinion, and the ‘this isn’t for me’ notes are fine, but some people have crossed a line.

    Food is an intrinsic, emotional part of life and I think there’s definitely a place for celebrating where it comes from; whether that’s from the earth or whether it walks around with us. Tina, it’s clear to see that you had an amazing time with your family and friends, and there are definitely times when that’s exactly what food should be about. I’m sure you knew there would be some people who would be offended by this post (hence the disclaimer), but I think you have every right to share – and, in fact, I congratulate you for it – what was obviously a really great day for you. I hope these comments haven’t tainted it for you!

  4. I’m another long time reader and first time poster supporting your post Tina.

    I find nothing about the post or the photos insensitive. For those of you who did there was a disclaimer right on the top. If you chose to ignore that it is your own fault. Not to mention the blog is about your life. Just because somebody else whould not chose to dress and roast a whole pig is their business this blog is yours.

    And after 7+ hours preparing you should be proud of your hard work!

  5. I haven’t seen too many rude comments from the people a bit disturbed by the content of this post – and it is the Internet, we are allowed to say what we feel, and most have done so respectfully.

    I’ve noticed this on a lot of blogs, but the ‘attack’ comments normally come from those defending the blogger. ‘Get a life’, ‘Grow up’, ‘Calm down’, ‘get over it’…

    It doesn’t actually form a great space for discussion. It seems to come down to, ‘Think everything the blogger does is GREAT” or leave the site. I normally enjoy Tina’s posts and simply had an issue with this one and wanted to share my visceral reaction (and I can see I’m not alone). How is that any different than posts congratulating the pig roast or saying how yummy it looks?

    1. 1). I believe there is a way to respectfully disagree that several commenters have missed. Once you start throwing out terms like, “inhumane, gross, cruel,” etc you sound judgmental as if your personal decisions are better than Tina’s.

      2). There can be great discussion about the pros of eating local, preparing your own food, as well as not eating meat for many reasons (environmental, health, etc) without being nasty and using inflammatory words.

      3) Comparing Tina’s dog who we all know she loves to the pig is uncalled for.

      4). Life is too short to be mean to anyone- in person, or on someone’s blog.

      1. @Liz: I submit the comment below as evidence – ‘psycho vegans’…

        It doesn’t get much more disrespectful than that.

      2. @Liz: I like how you explained this, Liz. I agree with Jennie in that many of the attack comments defending Tina weren’t very nice, so those people should take it easy as well. If you don’t want people judging you for your choice to eat meat, you shouldn’t judge them for choosing not to eat meat — and calling them names in the process. But well said, Liz! There are ways to express how you feel about eating meat without putting down Tina personally.

  6. Psycho vegans like a bunch of you guys are why you get made fun of you as a group. You would be insulted if someone picked apart the decisions you make about what you feed yourself so why is is any less insulting for you to do that to someone else. I love animals and I eat very little meat myself, but I married into a farming family so I know where all of my meat comes from. And I take comfort in that. The chickens weren’t shoved into tiny pens they were roosting in the trees in the front yard. They were well fed and well cared for and, regardless of what some commentators say, that is something that you can take pride in.

    1. @Katherine: Who makes fun of vegans as a group? That’s a pretty huge generalization, and as Jennie said above, a very disrespectful comment. Don’t respond to negativity with more negativity…it just doesn’t make sense.

      Vegans should be respected for the demanding and somewhat ostracized lifestyle they sometimes must live. I think they are neat people, and while I personally don’t think I could give up cheese or yogurt, I totally dig how they live their lives. Yay, vegans! <3

  7. 🙁 I’ve recently stopped eating meat so this post was a little sad for me, but I think people do need to really get a grasp on where their food comes from! At least you got the pig from somewhere that wasn’t a factory farm, and you warned people about the post topic. Some of these comments are from people who probably slow to a stop by accidents as well.
    Anyway, have fun today at your pig roast! I can’t wait to see pics from THAT. I’m sure everyone will have a great time 🙂
    PS, if your blogging career falls through, you have promise as a surgeon! 😉

  8. Tina, another long time reader who hasn’t commented before. I’m also a vegetarian. I’m more grossed out by the thought of buying bacon in the store than looking at the pics on this post. I don’t think you did anything wrong and hope you guys have a blast today!!

  9. I am going to chime in and say that the photos are disgusting and I can see why people are upset by it. In some countries they eat dogs and its perfectly acceptable so how might we feel if someone from that part of the world showcased it on their blog? Outraged, saddened and disgusted I am sure.

    Tina eats meat? Cool. That’s her choice. But this borders on sensationalism and makes me wonder if that was the intention.

  10. Hope you all were able to get some sleep last night and not worry about the blog comments too much! Enjoy your day with your friends! You deserve it!

  11. This is intense! Tina et al., enjoy the pig roast, you’ve worked hard on the prep! How many people are you feeding? Hope it’s cooler in Boston than in the Midwast. 100 degree. Ack! Also, don’t let the haters get you down.

  12. People shouldn’t bash others for their food choices. Period.

    Enjoy your pig roast today Tina! I know my boyfriend and his friends would love to do something like this. I am going to show him this post as a fun party idea!

  13. It’s funny how people get so indignant about roasting a whole pig when they have no problem eating meat that’s been nicely prepared and wrapped in plastic…

    What a guy thing to do though – can you imagine a group of girls doing this?!

  14. I’m not here to judge at all! This comment might get lost too, but wanted to mention (and curious to see if others are having the same issue) that I can’t see your pictures on Google Reader anymore. As far as I can tell, your blog is the only one I can’t see pics on. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    1. @Ashley: Yes, I’m having the same problem! I wondered if it has to do with turning off links to photo (or something along those lines) that Tina mentioned this week.

    2. @Ashley: I’ve had that problem too, but today I’m kinda glad I had to click over to see the pictures. These comments are amusing – people get way too worked up over what a group of friends decides to do for fun. If it wasn’t 105 degrees outside, I would suggest to my friends that we have a pig roast too! It looks like a great way to spend a day with your friends preparing a delicious meal.

  15. As I was reading your post, I could guess the reactions already, and I was right! I would call myself an animal lover, and I can take or leave eating meat. I understand vegans and vegetarians finding this post hard to take, but THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO READ IT!

    What I find disrepectful is killing an animal then just using a little bit of it and discarding the rest. If you are going to breed and kill an animal for eating purposes, I think you should respect it by using the whole animal and facing up to what you are doing. That bit of bacon with your breakfast had a face once, too. My family are Greek and every Easter they slaughter a lamb and eat every little piece. Animals will always be bred and used for food, and if we are going to do this, we should eat the whole thing!

  16. As a vegetarian, this post did not offend me at all! I think it would be naive to assume that this process does not occur behind the scenes when you buy your meat from the grocery store.
    I have been to pig roasts before and they are super fun. While I did not eat the meat, I am not one to ever judge people on their food choices. It’s a personal preference!
    It looks like you all are having a great time and I hope your party goes well! 🙂

  17. Wow, get a grip everybody. It is as if the second they see a face on their food they cannot deal with the big picture.

    If anything this post shows the massive amount of support you have as opposed to the few immature people who clearly can’t read a disclaimer. Good job =)

  18. I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and I just wanted to let you know I think you’re beautiful, creative, and very inspirational to me! Don’t change a single thing! Thanks for what you do! I thought with all the drama a non-critical comment was needed! 🙂 Don’t let all the garbage get you!

  19. Seriously rude commenters, you DO realize that your holier-than-thou-ness is seriously misguided, right? That you can’t buy and eat the meat at the grocery store that comes de-boned, skinned and hermetically sealed under plastic and consider that MORE respectful than painstakingly preparing a pig for a feast for many people, right? Because, you know, they went to an actual farm with actual farmers to buy this pig who probably spent its life as a domestic pig should, not in a crate with a wire bottom barely able to move around its whole life.

    Don’t want to get into the whole politics of it all so I’ll stop. But it’s SO annoying the hypocrisy of these comments. I wonder how many of these people who are saying that taking pictures of the pig all smiley after their work preparing it are disrespectful have ever had a photo taken of them smiling and giving a thumbs up with a particularly good hamburger or something. What’s the difference? It’s meat. One meat is closer to its original state than the others, but when you’re intending on eating something, meat is meat with or without the head. See the hypocrisy, rude commenters?

    I could go on for days. Bottom line, SHUT UP you snarky commenters (especially the one who suggested Tina was drunk – because apparently the only time anyone would have the terrible judgment of eating meat is if they’ve knocked back a few, right?). There is nothing unethical about them being excited about their hard work and sharing a bountiful meal with friends on Saturday. What is unethical is, all the meat-eating commenters who posted something snarky, choosing not to deal with the reality of where meat really comes from by buying their hermetically sealed boneless skinless chicken breasts and choosing to not ask any more questions.

  20. Oh my gosh, my husband (and his brother and dad) did the *exact* same thing last night. They bought a pig from a farm, built a box to roast it in, seasoned it, and are now in the process of tending to the coals and cooking it. We also had pizza to eat last night while preparations were going on, *and* there were two pug dogs present at our shin-dig! Crazy!!

  21. Tina, bravo! You guys all looked super excited and proud of your work. You’re celebrating farm to table in the best possible way. I don’t eat pork but I fully respect and support the humane treatment of locally and sustainably raised animals for meat. I didn’t take the joy you were all exhibiting as mocking the animal in any way… You were celebrating just as we do in any food centered celebration! The difference is that you guys just happened to do it in a more humane way and did most of the work yourselves. Better the way you did it versus the awful industrial way. Have fun

  22. Tina…I personally think that you DID honor this pig as much as you possibly could have in preparing it for a roast. I’m not surprised by the negative/critical/inflammatory responses – animals (and consuming them) evoke many different emotions in people.

    I went to a goat roast a couple years ago. I was very conflicted about going, and almost did not. When I first arrived at the roast, I was fully prepared to be grossed out by the dead goat. But, you know what? The more time I spent observing how much genuine work went into preparing the goat, and how no one in any way showed it even a modicum of disrespect, I was no longer grossed out by the process. In fact, I thought it was a very mature and respectful process.

    (I should add that these goats were raised and slaughtered in the most humane way possible, at a farm that was owned by the uncle of the guy who threw the party).

    Have fun today!

  23. I “voted” on twitter that you not show the deboning. I think this post was the perfect balance of what to show (although I scrolled through the pics quick – I don’t even like to see fish in “fish form” & I’m not vegetarian).

  24. I have attended many pig roasts though none with a stuffing! I wonder how it will turn out–can’t wait for the update.

    As for all the debate on whether we should eat animals or not–evolutionarily, we would not have progressed to the point where we would be debating these ideas on the internet without the protein, calories and fat available through eating meat. It is a no-brainer–literally folks! That we have the ability to gather large amounts of vegan food that can healithly sustain a human being, is on the backs of millions of years of eating a paleo-diet which is heavy on meat. Our intestinal system is desgined with meat eating in mind. If we were meant to be ruminants we would have far bigger guts. Yes, meat eating is a choice, but it is not a morality debate….

  25. you rock for posting what you KNEW would cause mass chaos! it makes me sad that America is general is progressive and supports the notion that everyone can “do what’s right for them”..but as soon as someone does something you wouldn’t do, it becomes wrong. it seems that open-minded/respectful people are quite as open-minded/respectful as they claim to be.

  26. I’m a meat eater and I support hunting so I have no problem with a pig roast. But some of these poses are just distasteful. I don’t think you intended it that way (negative to the animal)…but you had to know it spark controversy. Mission accomplished!

  27. I think Mal said it best. I am a semi vegetarian, will only eat local and humanely raised meat, and that pig is something I would likely try! For those offended, do some research on the standard mass farming practices that bring the majority of consumed meat to the stores. The movie food inc. Makes it very easy for you. It is far more humane to do exactly what Tina and friends did, than to support a massive factory, which exploits not only the animals but the workers, via the grocery store. I eat 95% vegetarian because most of the consumed meat, I find to be cruel. That said, a locally raised pig was likely butchered with care, and enjoyed a short life of room to roam around, live, and compassion. Trust, other animals don’t have that chance.

    As far as the pictures- my goodness they we’re having some fun! They weren’t fornicating the pig! And the pig was feeling no pain at that point! I did find my stomach turning because I have a weakness with that stuff- but there was fair war img, so that’s my fault. When I was younger any time we had lobster we would have a lobster race all day before our feast- ans they we’re alive. This is way more humane. I get more disgusted seeing people wear fur than that, by far.

    Goos for you for displaying farm to table. If nothing else, perhaps this will entice people to do some research on the meat they ordinarily consume. You shouldsupport local farms, as much ad possible.

    Have a fabulous time and please don’t let the negativity stop you from posting pics of the feast! Eat drink be merry.

  28. Good luck with the party prep. We are acutally cooking a hog for our rehearsal dinner on the farm in the fall. Since I’m a veg head, I won’t be partaking in that aspect of the party, but our guests are super excited! Should be fun!

  29. When live lobsters were brought home I wanted nothing to do with it haha But that’s because I’m a wuss when it comes to something like that. It would be the same if a pig was brought home. I don’t know what comments have been said but if you knew of the pig roast in a prior post and see “pig party” then you should know better than to keep reading if you’re going to be offended, sheesh. I hope you enjoy it!

  30. Tina,

    I am PROUD of you for this post. I think you knew that some people would react the way they are and impose their moral values onto you yet you did the post anyway and THAT is why I love your blog. Your food choices are your choices and no one has the right to give you grief over it. Have a great time today!

  31. I’ve always wanted to throw a pig roast! Seems like a lot of work, though. But I have to agree with other commenters here: I want that stuffing!

  32. Well after all the negative comments I felt obligated to post just to say OH FOR HEAVENS SAKE. 80+ people just got gunned down in Norway for no reason- THAT is disgusting, THAT is horrible, and THAT is something to start a heated debate about the state of our world over.

    A dead pig is not.

    Enjoy the pig roast Tina!

  33. For those who are offended by the posing pictures with the pig, I am confused.

    I take pictures of a juicy steak at a fancy restaurant. I pose in front of live lobster tanks (and also holding dead king crabs up at dinner). I’ve posed next to a huge dead marlin on a pier. In all of those pictures that I appear, I am smiling/may be making a gesture of how big the animal was/is, may be giving a thumbs up.

    No one has ever commented that my pictures are offensive and I certainly never put as much effort as Tina into ensuring that the animal was local, or prepared with as much effort and care as she did. I guess I am missing something….

    1. @Liz: That’s a good point. I hadn’t thought of it that way. It is interesting how our perspective changes when it comes to certain animals or certain pictures. Definitely a point to ponder.

  34. Tina – seriously, you rock. I am fascinated by the process and work that you and your friends put into this. Though I am not much of a pork eater, I find this post interesting and entertaining.

    Any attacks on you personally are unnecessary and pointless. You are a woman and blogger who inspires me daily, who is as real as any food blogger I’ve read and I’m proud to be one of your readers. Keep up the good work and enjoy your roast today.

    1. @Taylor: REALLY?! Your comment is far more disgusting than any dead animal I’ve ever seen. Butchering animals is a natural part of human existence (I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, merely natural for humans to kill animals) – torture & rape are not.

      1. @Errign: I’m not saying that the death of the pig is equivalent by any stretch, but these pictures have the same tone- relishing in the power of mocking a dead body. I do not believe that was Tina and Mal’s intent, but it is what the photos look like.

      2. @Errign: I wouldn’t say the way we do it today is natural because early on we obsviously did not have (factory) farms and had to go hunting. The result was a drastically reduced meat consumption copared with today. Early humans probably ate more things they could collect than hunt.

  35. You knew haters were gonna hate Tina! 😉 That seriously looks like a LOT of work! Who knew?! I vaguely remember going to a pig roast when I was just a little kid. Have fun at your party!

  36. I’ve never been to a pig roast! I’ve been to a luau in Hawaii where they bury the pig in the ground and roast it. It was insanely delicious! Can’t wait to see how this turns out. The stuffing sounds so good!

  37. Wow…I read through most of the comments and I think I can see both sides of the issue. I think what really got people upset were the pictures. I think this post would have been just fine without them. It is kind of like rubbing it in. I don’t know…something about it doesn’t sit well with me.

  38. Everyone needs to just get over themselves; we’re all putting way too much thought into this issue. Whatever happened to living our own lives for ourselves- all this castigating or justifying one other person’s behavior is ridiculous. Don’t like pig roasts? Don’t have one. Think pig roasts are the most awesome thing ever? Party away. Few issues really justify such intense debate; this is not one of them.

  39. It is funny how people decide to comment the most when they are upset about something instead of commenting when they like something. Our culture is very quick to judge and say hateful things rather than offer compliments first – so unfortunate. At least you know how many people actually read your blog!

    You also have a trillion supporters, including a wonderful husband, and although I’m sure these comments will get you down for quite a bit, try not to let them. Be thankful for what you have, your better health, great friends, family and a successful blog.

    Remember your blog began for YOU and although your success probably causes you to satisfy the general public frequently, there is no reason to ever censor yourself or hide anything.

  40. Hi Tina – Love your blog, first time commenting! Just wanted to show support for your post. It gave fair warning at the top and included informational (to me, at least) photos and commentary. I don’t know if I would ever be able to hold my own pig roast, but I do think it is so important to understand where our food comes from and how it is prepared, especially with meats. So much of what we consume today is pre-prepared and packaged, and it can be easy to lose sight of how it became that way. Have a great time today at the roast. I hope you will do a follow-up post on the roast!

  41. I see absolutely nothing wrong/right about this situation. It is what it is, humans have eaten animals for thousands of years, what has changed in recent years is the manner in which we treat our ‘food’. In the age of industrialization we have attempted to become more efficient at producing and distributing food, which has obviously created grievances against animal rights.

    That being said, this pig was raised on a farm, and now is being given the royal treatment. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. If anything, Tina is praising the food that this planet is able to provide for her.

    I come from a Cuban background and every year we hold a Pig Roast on my Aunt’s front lawn, in Princeton NJ. You can imagine the horror of the neighbors…but we all dance and it reminds my family of the gifts we have been given in this life.

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