Whole Roast Pig BBQ

 Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 10:39 am  Food & Cooking  No Responses »
Aug 292013
 
Whole roast pig on custom BBQ

Whole roast pig on custom BBQ

My friend Jeff invited me to a whole roast pig BBQ a few weeks ago and I gladly accepted as I have never seen a whole pig barbecued before outside of a commercial establishment. Jeff, having hosted a roast pig BBQ for 18 years, was clearly an expert in the method of whole pig BBQ. He even built the huge custom BBQ used for the occasion.

Whole roast pig is transported to table

Whole roast pig is transported to table

The pig is brought at a local market and slow roasted for 18 hours. the pig is wrapped in chicken wire so it doesn’t fall apart as it cooks. In the early morning hours before the party, I got an email from Jeff expressing some consternation that it was raining on his BBQ. But not to worry as the end product was excellent! The pig was roasted to perfection; the meat was moist and extremely tasty. The pork was carefully hand pulled by Jeff’s able assistants. One of the best BBQ pork meals I’ve ever had.

Hand pulled pork from whole roasted pig

Hand pulled pork from whole roasted pig

 

 

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First Coho Salmon of the 2013 Season

 Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 10:13 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Aug 262013
 
Coho salmon

Coho salmon

The coho salmon season in the Pacific NW is one of my favorite times of the year. I even have an app on my PC that counts down to the opening day for one of my favorite fishing areas. The other week, despite suspicions that the fish were not running yet, I scouted out the area on the opening day.

The fish were few and far between; I only managed to catch one! Even though it was small at around 6 pounds, she fought hard and was worthy of being my first coho salmon of 2013! The coho run will only get better as we approach September. I’m looking forward to another great coho season.

 

 

 

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Aug 022013
 
Huge Rainbow at Lake Corbett BC

Huge rainbow at Lake Corbett BC barely fits in net!

I had the privilege of fishing Corbett Lake in BC a few weeks ago and I was not disappointed. Corbett Lake is one of my favorite lakes for catching trophy size rainbows.  In fact, the smallest fish I’ve ever caught at Corbett Lake was around 16 inches!

This year, I almost exclusively fished dry flies after noticing consistent surface activity throughout the day. I knew the fish were big so I didn’t fool around with miniature dry flies–I wanted something that made a ruckus. Twitching a size 6 tarantula fly did the trick. The 26 inch rainbow (pictured above) that swallowed it really out a strain on my 5 wt rod and just barely fit inside my net. In one day, I had two rainbows measuring 24 inches and a few taping out at 22 inches.

As the day wore on, we fished in view of a fabulous sunset and moonrise. What a supreme setting for fly fishing!

Corbett Lake at dusk

Corbett Lake at dusk

 

Corbett Lake moonrise

Corbett Lake moonrise

 

 

 

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