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Feb 21, 2014 10:27 AM

Triangle Pig Pickin' Help

I'm planning a party for 50ish people and would like to do a pig pickin'. In my mind that means 1/2 a pig shows up on the cooker, gets chopped on-site, etc. I'm looking for high quality, wood smoked, real deal, traditional North Carolina BBQ that has enough flavor by itself that sauce isn't required. Extras like chicken, ribs, sides, etc. would be nice, but the quality of the pork is primary. Any suggestions? I've searched online and found some options but I've only tried one of them first hand, so I'm looking for some expert insight. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Allen and Son, hands down, case closed, absolutely what you're looking for. They're located between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough (not the place of the same name in Pittsboro). They catered a pig pickin' at my wedding a few years ago and it was fantastic.

    1. I would suggest Pig Whistle. They do sauce their meat but the pig is good enough on its own. Actually Andrea Reusing likes them a lot too and they came in 2nd place at their first KC authorized bbq contest.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        Per the website, they have a minimum group size of 75.

          1. re: rockycat

            Mmmmm - yes they are. The 75 minimum isn't necessarily a deal breaker, especially since I don't have an exact count yet. But if the minimum climbed to 100, that would probably be out of reach. Thanks for the responses so far!

          2. re: carolinadawg

            I got nothin against Allen and Son either per your suggestion just opening up the field. There are smaller purveyors of great pig pickings out there besides whats mentioned. Word of Mouth beyond here may help. Heck you may even have a friend or neighbor who is awesome with cooking a pig. And yes to the leftovers and if they are worth their salt they'll hold the skin or cook it up (more) for you.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              Just pointing out the facts. I've got nothing against Pig Whistle either. It's not personal.