Well, the deed has been done. *PIG-PIG* #3 has been butchered, cooked and turned into southern style BBQ. The decision to go ahead and do it ourselves was not made lightly. We really had no other choice though due to some unforseen circumstances. Let me explain.
This past Thursday, I noticed that *PIG* was having trouble standing up. Once she was up she was okay. That back leg of hers was just not able to keep up with her weight and getting around was an issue by the end of the day.
So we knew that she needed to be put down. So she would not suffer. It was a sad decision to make but one that needed to be made.
On Friday morning Hubby went to work and told one of his co workers of our problem. The guy said that it would be ashamed to waste all of that meat. (You see, to take an animal to a processor, that animal has to be able to walk off the ramp and into the holding pen. We knew that *PIG* would not be able to do that without issues.)
So Hubby's friend said that he would come by on Saturday after work and *butcher* PIG for us so we would not have to waste all of that meat. Mr. Rusty showed up Saturday afternoon and did the *deed* for us.
I could not watch it or take pictures. I was way too attached to this PIG. Had I seen it being done, I would not have been able to eat it or even prepare it for the freezer. I know, I'm a wimp!
Anyway, it took about 2 hours from start to finish. We then took *PIG* to another friend of Hubby's that agreed to cook it for us. Another blessing!
*PIG* weighed about 400 lbs. She was very fatty. Must have been from all that milk and bread ;-) The meat we did get though is awesome!
I am so thankful that THE LORD bought all of these people into our lives to help us out. We still have so much to learn and with hubby's friends we are definately learning.
We ended up with about 130 lbs. of BBQ. We split it with the friend who butchered *PIG* for us. The above picture is our share. That's a vinegar sauce on top of it.
All bagged and ready for the freezer.
There's about 1 1/2 lbs. of BBQ in each bag.
This is the sauce we used to put on the BBQ. It's made of:
Apple Vinegar Cider
Very good indeed!
Maybe next year I will be able to watch the process and help. I will admit though, if THE GOOD LORD sends someone my way to do *the deed*, I will definately share the meat for their *help.*
Hey, bartering is a good thing!