T minus 20 – Beyond the bird, a bacon pig
November 4th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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There's only so much turkey a man can take.

iReporter, Grilling.com writer and Smoke in Da Eye competition BBQ chronicler and team member Clint Cantwell found himself having to gobble down waaayyyy too much of the bird. After roasting, deep-frying and smoking three different turkeys for Thanksgiving last year, he needed a bit of a palate cleanser. Naturally, he swung swine-ward.

Cantwell crafted a pig entirely out of pork as a Thanksgiving appetizer. "Pork E. Pigskin," as he was dubbed, had hot links for legs, a sausage body, ham ears, Vienna sausage nose, a pork rind tail and a bacon wrap.

We greatly admire Cantwell's ingenious spirit, but we also sympathize with the man. Though most of us aren't flocking about with multiple birds for a single holiday, turkey can still get a little tedious year after year.

Has that ever driven you to explore other options? Post your most creative alternative solutions - or passionate feelings about traditional poultry - in the comments below and we just might feature them in an upcoming post.

Previously - T minus 21 – Stocking up for the big day and all T minus Thanksgiving coverage

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    July 11, 2014 at 1:56 am |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I'd eat it. Hells, yeah.

    November 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • RC

      What could possibly be bad about that? It's wrapped in bacon fer cryin' out loud!

      November 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  3. ugh

    I don't even eat pork. I ain't Jewish, I just dont dig the swine. That, okay on one hand cute, but it's like taking a bunch of cadaver parts and forming them into a human baby-like shape.

    November 22, 2012 at 4:00 am |
  4. Darcy Jones

    We opted for a pig roast versus a turkey roast this year and here's how it went:


    It was a truly southern-style thanksgiving! I must recommend it.

    November 27, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  5. Jamie

    On the one hand, this looks really cute. On the other hand, it is also really gross. The only bacon in pig form that I will be eating is when it is on a BLT (http://imunchie.com/bar/munchies/blt-sandwich)

    November 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  6. george

    i used to love this sort of stuff. and then i realized i was drastically undervaluing the role diet plays in good health..i want to be around to play with my grandkids.

    if you want science-based info on pork, check this out: http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/pork/

    November 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • bkhuna

      Everything in moderation is the key.

      August 30, 2014 at 4:22 am |
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