Happy Thanksgiving. In honor of the holiday and Florida’s rich black history, here’s an iconic Florida recipe befitting the state and season — barbecue pig feet.
Samuel “Shorty” Thompson was a cook in the U.S. Navy. He served Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Grace of Monaco. In the 1970s, he was a popular fixture at many of the picnics and tailgate party along Florida’s American Beach. For those who want to garnish their dinner tables with something special, the recipe:
12 pig feet split in half lengthwise and well washed
2 cups of vinegar
2 tbsp. of salt
1 tbsp. of pepper
1 quart of catsup
1 pint of mustard
1 tbsp. of salt
1/4 cup of red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. of chili powder
1 tbsp. of garlic powder
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of vinegar
Place pig feet in a boiling pot with enough water to cover the meat. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper and bring to a full boil. Cook at moderate temperature for 2 hours. While the meat cooks, mix ingredients for the sauce.
After the pig feet have boiled remove them from the pot. Coat each foot completely in the barbecue sauce and place each coated foot in a large roasting pan. Bake at 300 degrees for an hour, and baste frequently while baking.
Source: An American Beach for African Americans by Marsha Dean Phelts University Press of Florida 1997 pages 160-161
Photo Credit: Neil Conway