News Alert! A Latin Pig Roast in Birmingham!

HICA, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, is sponsoring a traditional Latin pig roast at the Cahaba Brewing Company from 2-6 on September 11. The pig(s?) will be seasoned with traditional seasonings and cooked over a pit starting the evening before. The whole process is open to the public, and it offers an education to all of you thinking of cooking a whole pig yourselves so you can sponsor your own Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking. (I’m available as a consultant.) Here’s a generic photo of a whole hog being cooked. Usually, the head is retained in Latin cooking, unlike at barbecue places. (See here.) If you see a head, go for the cheek meat.

I’m a big fan of Latin-style pork — lechon asado — which is a cousin of barbecue, deliciously rich pork with different seasonings and twists on technique. Those of you who haven’t tried lechon asado will want to, and those who have tried it will be there without further inducement. But there’s more. Cahaba Brewing Company, a good brewery, based on my research, has designed a beer, Lagerveza, to go with the pork, and there will be entertainment.

HICA also sponsors a tamale sale before Christmas. Alas, they don’t ship the tamales. Aside from that minor imperfection, HICA is an outstanding organization. HICA has been honored by scores of state and national groups, including with the FBI’s Director’s Award, which is pretty darn tall cotton.

This should be a fun and delicious event, well worth the money. I hope it will become an annual event so I’ll have time to plan a trip. Buy a ticket in advance and save five bucks — and report back on how you liked it.

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