2014 Gift Guide, Day Five


The barbecue expert was skeptical when I told him I'd ordered the pulled pork online.  Even when I said that is came from Elizabeth Karmel, who was responsible for some of the food at Hill County, he lifted an eyebrow.  "She's a baker," he said.  "Makes great peanutbutter and jelly cupcakes. But 'cue... maybe not so much."

Then I mentioned it was whole hog barbecue, made from pigs from a small farmer in North Carolina. I mentioned Ed Mitchell, one of my barbecue heroes. The expert was not convinced.

"Just taste it," I said, piling some of the warm pulled pork - bits from all over the pig - onto a potato bun, adding the vinegary cabbage slaw, shaking on another bit of the thin, piquant sauce - and handing it over.

"Oh!" he said.  And then he didn't say anything else until the sandwich was gone.  

This is the best Carolina cue I've had in a really long time.  It come frozen - in dry ice - in impeccable condition; the shredded cabbage is packed separately, as is the bottle of vinegar sauce. 

I bought the "The Piglet" - which is meant to make 8  sandwiches.  Actually, it made more like a dozen. If you have some barbecue lovers on your list, I promise you they'll be happy to get some of this.


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Hi Jo,

Advent Calendar. I usually don't start the gift guide until December 1st, but I started early this year. And I'll keep going, right up to Christmas. Some great stuff coming up....

OK, Day 5 is the BEST yet. Can I assume you're doing the Twelve Days of Christmas or is this an Advent Calendar?

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