skip's piggy stew
skip buss 
this dish was first tried near patagonia, arizona, in the 1992 javelina 
hunting camp. it really works. apparently, you can't get it too hot or 
leave it too long. the ingredients listed are what we used there, but 
any dish, stew or otherwise, will work if it can be cooked long and 
1 javalina shoulder 
potatoes, sliced 
carrots, chopped 
onion, sliced 
wine, 1-2 cups 
salt and pepper 
hot sauce 
2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
dig a hole in the ground about 18" deep and twice the diameter of a 
dutch oven. build a hot fire of good hardwood in the hole and tend it 
until you have the hole at least 2/3 full of good coals. 
put the shoulder, or other meat of your choice, trimmed and deboned if 
you like, in a large cast iron dutch oven. add the vegetables, cut to 
stew size, wine of your choice, flour, salt and pepper and hot sauce to 
taste, and water to nearly cover. cover the oven with heavy duty 
aluminum foil, then put on the lid. 
scoop out all but 3-4 inches of coals and set the oven into the hole. 
shovel in coals to pile up on the sides till level with the top of the 
oven, then add more till the top is covered with 3-4 inches of coals. 
mix dirt and ashes about half and half and cover the entire mess with 
6-8 inches of this mixture. leave 10-12 hours, then open the pit and 
carefully clean and then open the oven. prepare for a feast! the meat 
will fall from the bones, fork tender, the sauce will be flavorful and 
thickened, and the vegetables will be firm and tender, not mush. eat 
with whole grain bread and butter, wine and gusto. 
it is somewhat important to get a kind of seal on the pot, and that is 
the function of the foil. don't skip it. also, an oven with a nicely 
fitted lid works best. there was more juice in the pot when we opened it 
than when we started, but the conventional wisdom is that an oven poorly 
sealed may boil dry and let the food burn. 
this works great for dishes you enjoy for breakfast, as you can put the 
dish to bed after spending a delightful evening around the campfire 
building coals. it will warm you twice. 
ham hock and beans, venison stew, chicken stew, etc., let your 
imagination be your guide. 
(ID: 75504) Mirror: Wed, Nov 10, 2004

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