Category Archives: Recipes and Sides

Pig Roast Side Dishes – Baked Beans

Skip down to Bean Pot equipment… Skip down to Baked Beans recipe… One of my favorite side dishes to serve at a whole pig roast is baked beans. They just seem to go together perfectly! And with an authentic bean pot (more on a bean pot later) and a great recipe (I’ll share my baked bean recipe below), the beans will be a big hit. As you can almost taste in the photo to the left, baked beans just seem …

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Fresh Horseradish Recipes and Sides

In a previous article, I told how to make your own fresh horseradish sauce and promised some horseradish recipes to come. If you like horseradish sauce and have not had the fresh stuff, try it! You will be astounded with the difference between store-bought jars of sauce and the flavor treat of homemade! Here are some horseradish recipes and ideas on how to use some of that special flavor explosion. Offer a little bowl of fresh horseradish sauce beside a …

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Fresh Horseradish Sauce (So Hot… So Good!)

A pig roast can be even better when you offer a bowl of homemade fresh horseradish sauce. But just because I don’t have a whole pig around the house today doesn’t mean I shouldn’t make some fresh horseradish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseradish). First, if you enjoy those little bottles of horseradish from the refrigerated section of your grocery store but have never tried it fresh, you are in for a real treat! And it is easy to make if you have a food …

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What To Bring To a Pig Roast

Knowing what you should bring to a pig roast can be a challenge. Of course you can ask your host and hostess what they would like. But if they respond like I do (“We’re all set… just show up!”), you won’t get anywhere with that. And of course, any self-respecting host of a pig roast is likely going to have more food than any small army can possibly devour in an afternoon. But I know there are some folks who …

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Pig Roast Chili for Superbowl

I am writing this on Superbowl 47 (Feb 3, 2013). On Superbowl Sunday’s, we typically make up a big pot of chili and this year is no exception. It is extra hearty this Superbowl because I found a large ziplock bag of leftover smoked pig in the freezer from our summer pig roast to add to it! Yum… Pig Roast Chili for Superbowl! For the chili base, I used a couple of cans of good whole tomatoes chopped, two small …

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Boneless Pork Roast

If a whole pig roast is too much for you to undertake, how about a boneless pork roast? You can slowly cook it on a spit (rotisserie), in your Brinkman smoker, or even in your oven. Slowly smoking a boneless pork roast is likely the best flavored way to prepare it (of course that is my bias showing!), but there are other delicious ways to prepare it as well. If you are smoking it, try to keep the temperature of …

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Side Dishes: Pasta Salad at a Pig Roast

One of our more popular side dishes we offer at our annual pig roast is a large bowl of pasta salad. We make it with lots of veggies so even the closet vegetarians have something delicious that they can enjoy. We use the multi-colored fusilli pasta (known in our family as curly-cue pasta). I use a huge pot to cook 4-5 bags of pasta. Plan on it taking a looong time to get that large of a pot to boil! …

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Pig Marinade — A Mop Recipe

A roast pig can be enhanced by wiping a concoction of goodies over it every hour or two. You will need a lot of it and the nastier it looks, the better it will likely taste. It is called a “mop” because that is literally what you do — you mop it on the pig. I use a smallĀ  and make the mop mix in a large pot from the kitchen. I chop the handle down but you may want …

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How We Serve Pig Roast Side Dishes

At our annual pig roast, we welcome everyone to come over without bringing any side dishes and such. I make it clear that we have plenty of food for everyone and don’t need more. Even with that, we still have lots of people who feel uncomfortable showing up empty-handed. At first, we fretted over unplanned side dishes. Now, we just graciously accept that some just have to bring something, so we plan in advance what to do with the assortment …

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Pig Roast Side Dishes

When you roast a whole pig, side dishes may seem to get lost by the main attraction. But don’t ignore the side dishes even thought they may seem to get overwhelmed by the spectacle of the roasted pig. If you can’t — or don’t want to — deal with the extra dishes that are expected, get some of your guests to bring their favorite side dish. If you do that, I recommend coordinating it in advance by asking certain people …

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