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Hogs for the Cause - NOLA

So I mentioned participating in a Hog cook off NOLA in another thread and wanted to post some pictures. It is a hog cook off and music festival. My team made (1) bao (steamed buns) filled with veal stock braised pork cheeks, pickled pig's tongue, pickled veggies, cilantro, mint and topped with fresh fried thin sliced pig's ear, (2) smoked pork shoulder pot pies with a mango chutney (3) dark cherry or praline snoballs topped with candied bacon and bacon infused dulce de lece (4) whole smoked Berkshire hog (5) ribs and (6) pulled pork. The whole hog was too large to cook on an egg, so we used a large offset. The egg did not make the trip as I was fearful for transport and I have not had enough practice on it to use in a competition. I will hopefully use the egg next year for the judge's ribs. My team is mostly all new to BBQ with less than a year's experience, but we placed 2nd out of 85 teams for our "tongue in cheek" bao dish in the porkpourri category. It was an awesome event and a lot of fun.
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  • GA_DawgsGA_Dawgs Posts: 273
    Looks good to me, congrats!
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    You had quite the menu! It all sounds really good. Congratulations on 2nd place! =D>
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  • Thanks. We participated last year and it was the impetus to me getting an egg and starting to learn BBQ. Last year we deep fried our whole hog entry. Hopefully next year I will be able to bring the egg out there to compete in ribs and maybe shoulder.
    "America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland." -Tennessee Williams
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 23,978
    Dude, that's a damn impressive menu...  I love how you fused various local fares into the cooks.  For anyone that doesn't know the city,  we have a large Vietnamese population here.

    Now I really regret going....
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,920
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,672
    Wow... Just wow! Mighty fine menu and presentation. And then the pic of the deep fried hog... Amazing. Congrats on your win -it sounds well deserved.

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