Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Smokin’ Pig

This past weekend, we celebrated my sweet hubbs’ 28th birthday and smoked a whole hog on his new smoker. Because we he had to be up every hour through the night to add wood to the fire, we camped out in my in-laws’ camper. We had a pretty nice set-up and everyone gathered around to watch the progress.

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My nephew Jake got a little target practice in with Justin’s .22. He gets to go hunting this year and can hardly contain his excitement.


My SIL made an awesome cake for Justin on Saturday night.

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Jake made a small cake with the remnants, which Uncle Justin liked better than his mama’s cake, of course!


Soon after cake and homemade peach ice cream, it was time to get the hog on the grill. The guys had to play around first and totally gross me out:


Justin got a grill branding iron for Christmas with his (and coincidentally our combined) initials and made his mark:

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He had to get up every hour on the hour from 1:30 until 7:00 a.m. That made for a fun night. I was worn out! Even Skie got in on the fun. We tied a glow stick to her collar so we could see her roaming in the dark.


While the hog was still on the grill though, my nephew Ben, my MIL and I made a raspberry coconut cake, per the request of the birthday boy himself. This was the first one I had done and it was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!

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Here is the hog all finished up and ready to be taken inside:


Justin and I are really blessed that our families get along well. In the earlier pictures you saw my sister holding my SIL’s daughter. We kinda all work together with kid wrangling. Here is my mama and daddy on the most awesome chair in my MIL’s living room. When I get a bigger house, one of these chair and a half’s will definitely be on my list:


Justin is a cook extraordinaire and got lots of cool cooking tools and this really cool mug for barbeque sauce and his sauce mop.


It was a great weekend and we were WORN OUT when it was all said and done. Needless to say, it will be a little while before we take on such an ambitious project again.


Cherish @ Southern Soulmates said...

You know you're from GA if your husband loves to smoke a hog! hehe I can't count how many times we've gotten up and down all night long for a hog-but they are so dang good! Since football season is around the corner we'll be crankin' back up over here! Looks like y'all had a blast :) xoxoxo

Bella Michelle said...

I hope your dear husband had a fabulous birthday!!! It looks like a fun party and you are blessed to have 2 families that get along so well. Ours get along but don't really mesh so we do seperate things with each which isn't a problem but it would be easier and more fun with everyone together, especially for the children.