Barbecued pig's tails

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 \N Dozen pigs' tails
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 cup Tomato sauce
¼ cup Tomato paste
¼ cup Brown sugar or syrup [Maple, perchance? S.C.]
2 tablespoons Wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
\N \N Juice of 1 lemon
1 \N Clove garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dry mustard
\N \N Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
½ teaspoon Rosemary (optional)

We attribute this recipe to the Mennonite colony of Ontario. It's often served at picnics and is known as one of the favorite foods at stag parties.

Prepare pigs' tails according to Step I in basic instructions; cut in 3-inch pieces. Place pigs' tails on a rack and bake in a 300F oven for 2 to 3 hours, until meat is tender and most of the fat has baked off. An alternate method to this is to simmer the pigs' tails in acidulated water for 1½ hours.

Combine all other ingredients for barbecue sauce, coating tails well.

Grill over hot charcoal, turning and basting, until crisp. If fresh rosemary is available, break off several branches, tie them together and use as a basting brush. For barbecuing, we prefer leaving the tails uncut or halved so as to have fewer piece to constantly turn.

Serve with traditional barbecue accompaniments such as corn-on-the- cob, French bread and green salad.

Serves 6 to 8.

All these recipes are from "Innards and Other Variety Meats". Jana Allen and Margret Gin. 101 Productions. San Francisco, 1974.

Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; June 9 1992.

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