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Barbee Q. Piglet




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In the Carolinas, Barbecue means only one thing--slow cooked, hickory smoked pig with a variety of vinegar and tomato based sauces (or mustard sauce, if you're a South Carolinian).  True believers such as myself and the private client for whom this smoker was made, know you never use gas for cooking the best pig.  Charcoal and hickory wood soaked in water are the way to cook true heavenly "Que."

In short, Barbecue is a noun here in the Carolinas, not a verb.

I used heavy gauge steel rolled to an 18 inch (45cm) diameter barrel, 34 inches (85 cm) long.  Much sturdier and thicker than the commercial grills you'll find in a discount store, it will not burn or rust through quickly.

Overall, the pig measures 4 feet long (1.25m) and 3 ft high (90cm) from the tip of her nose to the end of her tail.

Part of the secret to cooking good "Cue" is careful control of the heat smoke by controlling the air flow.  The air intake is through the sliding door just under the pig's mouth, and the tail swivels in two to create a smoke stack.  Additional air flow control is provided by the sliding door under the tail.  

Other touches to making this pig cooker:  I made sure the grill handles are big enough for a man's hand in an oven mitt to grasp firmly; (note the "crossed forks" on the handle"); the heavy gauge stainless steel two part charcoal rack can be tilted at an angle to provide a constant gradient of heat control with the coals; additional heavy gauge plates with handles in the bottom proved not only extra burnout protection for the cooker, but a more convenient way of  cleaning out ashes by simply lifting them out; three sizes of cooking racks are provided.

Finally, there is a removable steel chalkboard insertable behind the pig's ear. On it, you can write messages, recipes, or just interactive thoughts your pig may have and your answers.

I used an old bean can for the snout, washers for the nostrils, bearing covers for the eyes with bent fork tines painted lavender for her eyelashes; a garden trowel for the mouth; three bent fork tines for the tail hair (also painted lavender); and, spoon ends painted lavender for the toes.  It was sprayed with two coats of heat resistant flat black paint and then lovingly painted with sign painters' enamels.  The tail was welded of heavy gauge steel, and the ears cut and forged of steel.  Dolls' eyes finish the look.


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