Post # 1
Fiance and I are major BBQ lovers and it never occured to us to do anything but a BBQ catered wedding. I recently posted on a private FB group with some of my friends about how I was doing different BBQ “tastings” and could anyone suggest some places for us to try that we had not heard of yet.
Last night, one of my very good friends that I haven’t talked to as much as I’d like to in the past few years posted that he would be up for bring his own backyard bbq setup to our reception location and smoking a whole hog for our shindig. I am beyond flattered and honored that my friend would even consider doing this for me.
So…my question is this:
Have you guys ever been to a reception where they smoked a hog? Or even heard of one?
Does this seem redneck or just awesomely cool?
Please give me your thoughts on smoking a hog for an outdoor reception in April.
Post # 3
I’m personally not a fan of this
Post # 4
I’m not a fan of whole hogs (food that still looks like it could run/swim/fly away skeeves me out,) but I don’t see any problem with doing it in April if its up your alley! I love BBQ receptions in general.
Post # 5
I’ve been somewhere where they smoked a hog, but it wasn’t a wedding. Just a random party. After it was smoked, they layed the whole pig out on the table for people to eat off of. I refused to eat it. I love pork, but I don’t like seeing animals while I’m eating them. And I don’t see how you can make a half picked-off pig look…appetizing? I wouldn’t do it at a wedding…
Post # 6
Honestly, I would lose my appetite and quite possibly have to avoid the general area where the animal was. I don’t see much difference between a whole dead pig laying out and dead fish floating in your centerpiece as discussed in other threads….either way it just isn’t appetizing.
Isn’t there any way to cut it up before serving it? I don’t know much about BBQ but must you leave it whole?
Post # 7
I love a hog spit roast myself, I’ve never heard of smoking one! If you’re not inviting a whole delegation of vegetarians but BBQ lovers like yourself I would go for it if it’s what you really want.
Post # 8
YEP! And we are having a pig roast for our reception and yes, we are having a whole hog done. Apple in the mouth and the whole nine yards. however, some will be precut and ready for serving.
It kinda cracks me up when meat-eaters can’t stand to see the whole cooked animal. Meat is skeletal muscle. i rather have a farm-raised animal or one shot by FH’s familly during hunting season any day. At least those animals had lives unlike the poor factory-farmed animals who end up as pretty packages of meat at the grocery store!
I’m an omnivore and I have the teeth and digestive enzymes to prove it!
Post # 9
although i wouldnt enjoy seeing the head of a hog – im not silly enough to think that this would turn me off my meal, i mean where do people think their burgers and steaks come from?
i would totally be there if i was invited!
Post # 10
DH’s Brother and SIL went to a wedding where they did that for the reception a couple years ago. I think it was fine….the only problem was they had the wedding on Good Friday and a lot of the guests were Catholic o_O whoops!
Otherwise, I think they would have really enjoyed it!
Post # 11
I think I would loose my appetite in this scenario. Sorry.
Post # 12
Yes!! Do it! Typically someone carves the hog, and people serve themselves from platters or a buffet, for those who were asking. I love pig roasts….so delicious.
Post # 13
I love BBQ, but I wouldn’t eat this. I’ve been in this situation many times at cookouts and luaus and I just can’t eat it. Even if its taken out back and carved up, it grosses me out. Yes, I eat pork, but no, I don’t want to see the pig. I think a lot of people feel that way based on these comments. Honestly, I’d find an alternative. A few weeks ago I went to a restaurant that did this and even at a restaurant, I couldn’t eat it. I ate nothing but cucumber all night.
Post # 14
Another tricky thing to be mindful of is timing. One of my friends’ brother got married and they planned on a roasted pig at their reception. Well, apparently the 4 hours for the reception was definitely not long enough to cook the pig! So people walked away hungry! But if you meant to serve an already cooked hog, maybe that’s another thing entirely.
Also, as a vegetarian, I’d suggest you offer plenty of alternatives for those who don’t eat meat or pork for any reason.
Post # 15
I think it sounds like a good idea and it’s very common with BBQ. I think as long as your guests are into it, it’s cool and unique. Also provide some heavy sides for anyone who may not like it.
Post # 16
Roasting an entire pig for parties or get togethers is common in South Florida and many people love it. Personally, I do not think it’s a bad idea at all and I don’t even eat pork. However, I do believe you should offer an alternative dish for those who do not eat pork and for those who may not want to eat pork for whatever reason.