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I'm trying to impress people here. You don't win friends with salad.

Confessions of a Fat Bastard: Texas Monthly's Daniel Vaughn on the life of a full-time barbecue writer.

"Since Texas Monthly named me the nation’s first and only full-time barbecue editor in March 2013 (previously), my health has been a topic of international discussion. My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on the steer. And I can’t forget to order the pork ribs, sausage, and beef ribs. Of course my diet is going to raise eyebrows. Including those of my doctor."
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 29, 2014 - 47 comments

'contemplating the nexus between meat and mortality in a post-BBQ frenzy

Food And Loathing In Charleston: Cook It Raw comes to Charleston, including the world's best hog roast
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 19, 2014 - 14 comments

These are very calm pigs, and that’s the way we want them to be.

Danish Crown is the world's largest exporter of pork, killing approximately 100,000 pigs a week to cater to the growing global demand for meat. Alastair Philip Wiper visited the company's abattoir in Horsens to capture a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process, starting at the pens where the pigs arrive and moving through the spaces where the animals are slaughtered, butchered and packaged for sale.
posted by timshel on Jan 23, 2014 - 40 comments

All Your Bacon Are Belong To Us

Politico: "The U.S. government on Friday approved Shuanghui International Holding’s bid to buy iconic U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods in what would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company to date." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 8, 2013 - 47 comments

The Austerity Kitchen

The Great Hog-Eating Confederacy
Early Southerners ate a rather limited and unvarying diet. At table the famished guest seldom found more than bacon, corn pone, and coffee sweetened with molasses. Pioneering sociologist Harriet Martineau complained that “little else than pork, under all manner of disguises” sustained her during her visit to the American SouthFor the most part, slaves observed the same diet as poor white farmers. Though many kept gardens, and thus supplemented their rations of pork and corn with a wide variety of vegetables, they had otherwise little opportunity to augment their diet.. Another traveler griped that that he had “never fallen in with any cooking so villainous.” A steady assault of “rusty salt pork, boiled or fried … and musty corn meal dodgers” brought his stomach to surrender. Rarely did “a vegetable of any description” make it on his plate, and “no milk, butter, eggs, or the semblance of a condiment” did he once see.
Christine Baumgarthuber is a writer for The New Inquiry and runs the blog The Austerity Kitchen. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 22, 2013 - 58 comments

"once having given a pig an enema there is no turning back,"

Death Of A Pig, E.B. White.
I spent several days and nights in mid-September with an ailing pig and I feel driven to account for this stretch of time, more particularly since the pig died at last, and I lived, and things might easily have gone the other way round and none left to do the accounting. Even now, so close to the event, I cannot recall the hours sharply and am not ready to say whether death came on the third night or the fourth night. This uncertainty afflicts me with a sense of personal deterioration; if I were in decent health I would know how many nights I had sat up with a pig.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 26, 2013 - 32 comments

Artificial calamari?

If you missed this story, you missed one of the All Time Great stories on This American Life: A while ago, a farmer walked through a pork processing plant in Oklahoma with a friend who managed it. He came across boxes stacked on the floor with labels that said "artificial calamari." So he asked his friend "What’s artificial calamari?" "Bung," his friend replied. "Hog rectum." Have you or I eaten bung dressed up as seafood? Ben investigated. (26 minutes) Dead Ringer. Educational and hilarious. If you prefer, the entire episode.
posted by spock on Jan 19, 2013 - 118 comments

Big Pork Small Towns

How industrial hog farming screws small towns (and consumers).
posted by zug on Nov 12, 2012 - 22 comments

Out of the frying pan

The tragedy of climate change: the UK Pig Association is warning that due to droughts causing high pig food prices, a global bacon shortage is now unavoidable.
posted by unSane on Sep 25, 2012 - 108 comments

Are you paying attention, boy?

He does not cook like you do. But I would like an invitation for dinner: Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops with Bacon [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Nov 17, 2011 - 40 comments

Pork City

Christopher Walken reads Three Little Pigs on a British TV series in 1993.
posted by gman on Jul 14, 2011 - 28 comments

Favorite foods, ad infinitum...

Sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and sausage.... [SLYT, 1:00, looping]
posted by heurtebise on Jan 25, 2011 - 44 comments

wonderful magical animal

Rob Levitt of Mado in Chicago butchering a pig. 19 more videos submitted by chefs and butchers to Protein University, a project that aims to "create an online resource populated with a family tree of butchery techniques from whole animal breakdowns to sausage making from across the globe". [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Oct 14, 2010 - 15 comments

McRib : 'a conglomeration of pork waste.'

Hankering for a McRib? According to the Wall Street Journal, the elusiveness of this pork sandwich is driven by marketing, and that despite threats of retirement, the fiendish creation will get trotted out whenever they want to pull in the die-hard fans. If you're one of them, then you probably already know about the McRib Locator. But what exactly are McRib's made of?
posted by crunchland on Oct 11, 2010 - 92 comments

And this little piggie was incorporated into over 185 different products...

Over the course of three years, designer Christien Meindertsma tracked the products that had been made from the remains of a single pig. In doing so, she discovered that the skin, bones, meat, organs, blood, fat, brains, hoofs, hair and tail of a single pig might be used in more than 180 very diverse products, from shampoo, medicine, tattoo ink, munitions, cardiac valves, matches, desserts and bubblegum, beer and lemonade, car paint and brake discs to pills and bread. TED Talk. TED Bio. Vimeo video: Reading through the pages of Pig 05049. Exhibition (in Dutch). Design Observer: Pig 05049. Amazon: Pig 05049 [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 20, 2010 - 24 comments

The (Other) Other White Meat

The National Pork Board believes in unicorns. Or, at least, its lawyers seem to think that canned unicorn meat is a real product. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jun 26, 2010 - 50 comments

Bangers and Beans and Toast, Oh My!

The Full English: "[...]a mad, bad, salt-soaked road trip from culinary heaven to hell and back"
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Apr 22, 2010 - 48 comments

Hot Barbeque!

When we reach these, the bleakest and coldest days of winter, my mind inevitably turns towards the warm days of summer and one of America’s favorite pastimes: Barbeque. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Feb 17, 2010 - 74 comments

$40bn and you get the Senate back unharmed

[A] seminal moment in the evolution of Republican obstructionism. [A] seminal moment in the history of Congress.
Senate Held Hostage. America Held Hostage.
Richard Shelby Shuts the Government Down. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Feb 5, 2010 - 282 comments

Well since you don't want it any more, here you go.

"You have to put two and two together, and hopefully you come up with a high-speed rail project."
The St. Petersburg Times announced today that the state of Florida will receive funding for a high speed rail project, to be announced today by President Barack Obama in his Tampa visit. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Jan 27, 2010 - 86 comments

La Grande Confrérie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary

"Our sole purpose is to defend the glory and the quality of our cassoulet."
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 12, 2010 - 33 comments

This little piggy went to market

PIG 05049 (TED 11.5min) - Christien Meindertsma explores the processing of raw materials - in this case, anonymous Dutch pig.
posted by hypersloth on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 comments

where are the jobs. where are they. also what is your favorite food

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley opens up another Ask Chuck Webcast. The people respond. Grassley answers.
posted by Optimus Chyme on Dec 17, 2009 - 12 comments

A glistening chunk of pork!

A glistening chunk of pork! [more inside]
posted by mrducts on Nov 17, 2009 - 30 comments

Pork and the mean streets of K-town

Don't you want to watch a critically acclaimed chef get drunk and shout about the wonders of ham? (video is NSFW, due to cursing) [more inside]
posted by dnesan on Nov 5, 2009 - 38 comments

The unholy love child of pulled pork and pate.

Want to have a small bacon pick-me-up in the office or away from home? The food blog, Homesick Texan, presents the traditional recipe for Bacon Jam.
posted by 1f2frfbf on Sep 16, 2009 - 43 comments

Extremely Highbrow Baconmania

"Cochon 555 is a culinary event featuring 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers in a friendly competition for a cause. Each chef will prepare a 70 pound heritage pig from head to toe for 200 enthusiasts." (flash site) [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 15, 2009 - 18 comments

The Other White Heat

Theodore Gray, author of the new book Theo Gray's Mad Science, has a personal collection of thousands of samples of elements [previously on MetaFilter]. In his Popular Science column, he has smelted his own titanium and dissolved aluminum. Now, he cuts through steel with bacon.
posted by Eater on Apr 15, 2009 - 31 comments

My Valentine's date this year? Bacon Man!

I know you all love bacon. So if you're single, looking for a date, and want him to be edible... I present to you, bacon man. Step-by-step photos from NetDiva, his awesome creatrix.
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 31, 2009 - 56 comments

Sus Domesticus and Fabaceae (Sequelae)

Pork and Beans II, now with twice the meme-fun. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 14, 2009 - 37 comments

Ramen Girl. No really. No joke! Seriously!!

Kaiju Shakedown points us to the trailer of Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy as a American who decides to learn how to make the perfect bowl of ramen noodles (what?!?!) after she is dumped by her boyfriend in Tokyo. Tampopo this isn't. [more inside]
posted by gen on Jan 4, 2009 - 73 comments

It's not the economy, stupid.

"You know, we spent $3 million to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don't know if that was a criminal issue or a paternal issue..." (previously) The infamous bear study bought up by McCain in the first debate is one of his favourite pork barrel examples, but little actual information is given about the study. Here is the website giving details about the project, with more info, a quick fact sheet and a podcast. This is one of the rare times when a candidate will air an opinion on science in a popular setting.... [more inside]
posted by scodger on Sep 29, 2008 - 129 comments

Sustainability

Our Decrepit Food Factories. Michael Pollan on what sustainability is really about. [Via Gristmill.]
posted by homunculus on Dec 18, 2007 - 27 comments

Swine Before Pearls

On ham, with a fascinating (well, unless you're kosher) history of colonial curing methods.
posted by digaman on Oct 19, 2007 - 46 comments

Pork Flies (Sort Of)

So You Think The V-22 Is Ridiculous? [previously] Let me present you its dumb brother, the DuPont Aerospace DP-2. (No relation to the chemical conglomerate). [more inside]
posted by Skeptic on Oct 14, 2007 - 18 comments

Needs more...pork.

Salad? mmhmm. If you're not one for the ever-generic chicken caesar, well, there are alternatives. (in keeping with recent baconposts, of course.)
posted by vellocet on Aug 16, 2007 - 16 comments

Breasts:2 Pigs:1

Government vs. Blogger A woman who has a breastfeeding blog tries to raise some money for the Mothers' Milk Bank of Ohio by selling a t-shirt containing a slogan that the National Pork Board finds to be an infringement of their trademark . Chaos ensues.
posted by flarbuse on Feb 4, 2007 - 27 comments

General Chao's Pork

2000 pigs sacrifice to the deity General Chao of Wudeh temple.
posted by jonson on Jan 24, 2007 - 41 comments

The Online Pork Rind Resource

The Online Pork Rind Resource. Once a genuine online store, porkrind.com is now your premier source for pork rind in sculpture, music, poetry... and porn (NSFW). Don't miss the reviews! And the tour of Texas! And the insanity!
posted by chrismear on Jan 24, 2007 - 16 comments

Pork's Dirty Secret

Pork's Dirty Secret is a Rolling Stone expose on Smithfield Foods, the world's top pork processor. via
posted by Burhanistan on Jan 20, 2007 - 56 comments

bleat bleat

The vision: a federally funded 5-acre enclosed rainforest, supposedly the world's largest, will make Coralville, Iowa into a world-class destination city and ignite the imagination of its heretofore benighted citizens. The problem: a federally funded rainforest. In Iowa. Read some entertaining background and analysis on the inspiring project here and here.
posted by thirteenkiller on Jan 13, 2006 - 36 comments

Pork! Pork! Pork!

Merry Christmas, Taxpayers. The latest chapter in the "Alaskan bridges to nowhere" saga.
posted by ZenMasterThis on Dec 23, 2005 - 27 comments

Money Flowed to Questionable Projects

Louisiana Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods
In Katrina's wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush's administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.

[H]undreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana's representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Sep 8, 2005 - 71 comments

Mmmm Bacon

BaconWhores: Because the only thing better than bacon is someone to cook it for you.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 21, 2005 - 26 comments

Hog Heaven

Pork Farmers in Hog Heaven! Atkins and skyrocketing beef prices result in pork producers "experiencing demand far in excess of anything [they]'ve seen historically." Pork prices are very high on the spot and futures market but still a value relative to meat. Perhaps this will increase the demand for tasty Berkshire hog pork, the kind that pre-dates the breeding which produced the "other white meat."
posted by MattD on Oct 19, 2004 - 9 comments

Pork. The other white meat.

The PETA sinks to a new low. This time drawing parallels between the gruesome Pickton murders and the the slaughter of pigs for meat. Many of the human remains of Pickton's victims are still being found at the Pickton pig farm. They were drugged and dragged across the room... Their struggles and cries went unanswered... They were slaughtered and their heads sawed off... Their body parts were refrigerated... Their bones were discarded.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Apr 7, 2004 - 154 comments

OBEY THE FLOATING PIG, CHILDREN!

Pork 4 Kids! The National Pork Board brings all you children a fun trip through the world of pork! Yay!
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jan 5, 2004 - 38 comments

Mr Brain's 4 pork faggots in a rich

mmm! Mr Brain's faggots!. Ever tried one of Mr Brain's faggots? You can read a review of "Mr. Brain and his faggots" or check out the Doodys the official faggot family or even become a faggot fanatic yourself!
posted by bitdamaged on Jul 18, 2003 - 31 comments

Finnish pigs!

The life of a pig, from conception to Christmas ham. A frank and charming slide show of the life of pig Onni, backed by horns, narrated in melodius Finnish, and subtitled in English. Be warned: it uses Flash, and ends in death.
posted by Mo Nickels on Feb 25, 2003 - 30 comments

Pork chop shoes

Pork chop shoes results in a lawsuit in Australia. A man who slipped on a grease trail left by pork chop shoes in a pub is awarded £23,000. I guess Nike better think twice before they release their filet mignon basketball shoes. What would be their marketing campaign?
posted by percine on Jun 30, 2002 - 8 comments

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