HoggFest preliminaries…

I drove the old oil-drum cooker down to the park across from the Flatiron at 6:30 this morning and fired it up.  Good barbeque has to cook a long time and I wanted most of it to be ready by the start time of 1:00 this afternoon.

So far folks have donated 19 boston butts (aka pork shoulders).  At about five pounds each, that puts the cook time up to around six hours.  If more show up, I’ll put them on to feed the late night wave of HoggFest revelers.  The big pig cooker I use doesn’t do a very good job of cooking the hamburgers and hotdogs, which will be delivered later.  I think I’ll load up my old Weber grills and cook them like nature intended – over charcoal.  Enough hamburger and hotdogs have been donated to feed 200 souls.  I am planning on 400.

Late additions to the HoggFest activities will basketball goals.  Friend Tom Franklin is going to load up a couple of neighborhood portables and haul them down for some friendly three on three.  Also neighbor David Wharton has threatened to bring his banjo and play requests of Jed Clampett’s theme and the like for $2.00 a throw.  I hope one of the bands sceduled to play has a keyboard I can use.  Believe it or not I played and sang in piano bars all through college.

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