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Swine without the Spend

August 10, 2009

Got a hankering for a hot pork injection? Try Mac’s Speedshop in Charlotte, NC. The bar and restaurant is notorious for its beer, BBQ and bikers. Feeling extra porky? The “Big Pig” entree is only $9 of pig-tacular proportions.

But before you hop on your hog, try out the Abita Amber. Brewed in New Orleans, the German style lager has a rich amber color with smooth flavors of caramel and malt. It meshes really well with Cajun-style dishes like Mac’s “Spicy Ensalada” with blackened fish. Abita also brews Purple Haze, not to be mistaken for the late-Jimi’s 1967 acid trip. The New Orleans wheat brew tastes like a beer-flavored, raspberry Tootsie Pop. Rasberry puree is added after filtration which creates a purple cloud of pulp at the head, hence the name. It pairs well with dessert or the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop.

Want swine without the spend? Head over to Piggly Wiggly, and pick up the following items:

1 (3- to 4-pound) pork shoulder
1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1 (12-ounce) can Coke Cola
Red pepper flakes
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Place said ingredients in your slow cooker or dutch oven. Give your lover a dutch oven to commemorate the evening. Cover and cook on high for a whopping eight hours. Wilbur should shred nicely into you favorite set of buns or to be enjoyed on its own. Sticky Fingers carries a great mustard-based Carolina Classic topper. It’ll have you feeling saucier than Richard Simmons sweatin’ it to the oldies in spandex.

So put some swine in your flu, and give the pork BBQ recipe a whirl. After all, it is the other white meat.

The "Swin-o" is hog wild over the Ambita Amber at Mac's.

The "Swin-o" is hog wild over the Ambita Amber at Mac's.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bridesman permalink
    August 10, 2009 9:48 pm

    If you like Purple Haze, you need to pick up Sweetwater Blue next time you get close to the Georgia border. It’s a smoother, blueberry counterpart to Abita’s flavorful mug filler. Only sold in GA right now, but you might find it on tap somewhere in North Cack-a-Lack before long. Keep your eyes peeled.

    • ehagood permalink*
      August 10, 2009 10:33 pm

      That is a good one! Actually, Greenville had it at Chicora Alley. Kennebunkport also has a blueberry beer, but it’s not as tasty. Carolina Blonde, located in Mooresville, has Red, Wheat and Blue only served at the brewery, but also really good.


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