Bernard - at o'dark-thirty! Starting the fire in prep for putting in the pork in the pit to cook all day. Man, it was GREAT!
Harold bringing over MORE pork....great neighbors.
About of 130 lbs of pork needed to be prepared for the pit.
Kathy, Hostess with the Mostest!
Rocks are starting to get VERRRY hot........30 mins away from showtime..
Tending the fire. It has to burn all the way down and get the rocks hot as coals before the pit can be loaded with the goods.
Rock salting the pork
Ready for wrapping in aluminum foil
Adding liquid smoke for even more flabor
Covering the wrapped pork with banana leaves.
Wrap 'er up and on to the next package
The tree over the pit - good morning, sunshine! Sun coming up......
Spreading out the coals in prep for laying the cattails
Cattail ends placed over all the coals
Starting to place the pork on the cattails
Pork almost all in the pit
All the pork on first layer of cattails, the remainder of the cattails put over the pork.
First layer of tarp to cover the burlap bags - to hold the steam in
Covering the cattails/pork with wet, soaked burlap bags
Spreading the wet burlap bags over the cattails/pork in the pit
Making sure the big tarp totally covers the pit so no steam escapes
Large tarp to cover the two smaller tarps - final layed to be held in place with dirt
Starting to shovel the dirt all the way around so no steam escapes
Somehow I missed the part where they sprayed with water, but you can see it there!
Saw some steam escaping so added more dirt to plug it up.
Jeanette having too much fun with another unused tarp!
Planted their own banana tree in the garden!
Harold? Zat you, Harold???
What tha??? Kathy and Harold fixing the umbrella with hose clamps or some technical thing....but it WORKED!!
Pineapple fruit with coconut cups and small containers of poi for those adverturous ones...