Saturday, September 02, 2006

Michigan State Fair Pictures

We took a trip to the Michigan State Fair today. Although the only barbecue concession stand we saw was not open for business, we did get an up close look at a Southern Yankee rotisserie cooker and catering/concession trailer. The rig was set-up on what appeared to be about a 22 - 24 foot utility trailer with the whole rig screened in to meet the health department regulations. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of the bbq trailer, but we snapped a couple pictures in the livestock barn of these show pigs.

I see some definite potential for some bbq in these.

There weren't many heritage breeds there, which would yield some better tasting bbq than these long and lean hogs, but heritage breeds aren't viable commercially these days. A lot of small niche producers are beginning to raise them again, so who knows, maybe in another 10 years we'll be seeing them in the grocery stores again. I'm told the meat from a heritage breed, such as a Berkshire, is much more favorful that what the large scale producers are bringing to market these days with the Yorkshires and Hampshires and various crosses between the two.

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