According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2019 is the year of the PIG and I am ready to celebrate!
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, has over 4,000 years of history and is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. It’s the most important holiday in China, and to Chinese people everywhere! Being the longest holiday of the year, it has a varying date that lands between January 21 and February 20 each year. This year, it fell on Tuesday, February 5. The new year lands on varying dates because it marks the beginning of the lunar new year (these months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon). Traditional Chinese New Year activities include putting up decorations, eating dinner with family on New Year's Eve, shooting off fireworks, and giving red envelopes and other gifts.
In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of twelve animals:
The rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
Each animal symbolizes something unique and special. Pigs just happen to be the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of good fortune. Before the celebration, people clean their houses thoroughly and display traditional New Year's decorations. This festivity is a time for family reunions. It is considered the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration.
Typically, this celebration does not include smoking the animal of the year.
But, if you’re looking to smoke a smaller suckling pig all the way up to a large whole hog, we have the grill for the job!
The Stampede, thanks to its 590 sq. in. of cooking space and ample headroom, could easily fit a 35-40 lb. suckling pig. I’ve personally fit a 70 lb. headless hog in our flagship grill, the Bull RT-700. One of our newest grills, the BFG, with over 2500 sq. in. of cooking space and a huge lower shelf, will fit a large 150 lb. hog comfortably. Our newest and largest models, the Beast and Chuckwagon, could easily be labeled as our whole hog smokers. You can get a 175-200 lb. hog in and out of this massive pit easily. With dual 66 lb. hoppers, you’ll sleep like a baby knowing a middle of the night pellet refill won’t be necessary!
2019 is our year!
It's time to grill big or go home, REC TEC nation!
If you haven’t heard, we now offer financing with monthly options. You can get the best pellet grill on the market for around $53 a month! What are you waiting for? Check out the financing tab at rectecgrills.com to get pre-approved today, and you could be smoking that pig in just a couple of weeks. Make sure you share your whole hog pictures with us on all social media, and you just may see your picture shared to our page! Don't forget to catch Chef Greg and myself live on Facebook every Wednesday and Friday! For now, check out this awesome Asian Suckling Pig recipe to get those creative juices flowing. We’ll see you at the REC TEC!
Asian Suckling Pig Recipe: https://www.rectecgrills.com/asian-suckling-pig/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jody Flanagan is our resident REC TEC Grills Expert, where he can be seen on all social media platforms, including the weekly Funday Friday program. Jody has years of experience in the cooking industry and enjoys the art of grilling just as much as he loves the REC TEC Lifestyle.