Let’s pig out.

Jan 1 2014

by Emily Laborde Hines

Pork has long been a New Year’s Day tradition. The custom is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving. Roast suckling pig is served for New Year’s in Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and Austria—Austrians are also known to decorate the table with miniature pigs made of marzipan. Different pork dishes such as pig’s feet are enjoyed in Sweden while Germans feast on roast pork and sausages. Pork is also consumed in Italy and the United States, where thanks to its rich fat content, it signifies wealth and prosperity. The more pork in your meal, the more luck you will have.

We love our pork down here in the South so here are a few of my favorite spots that smoke some good butts.

Zeb’s BBQ– Danielsville, GA

This place has been around since the 1960s if not longer. Zeb’s is a small, family owned business, with grandmothers, mothers, and daughters holding down the fort. The interior is my favorite part of Zeb’s: communal style tables, with centerpiece of Sunbeam bread, hot sauce, paper towels, and other condiments, and walls are lined with racing posters and other memorabilia. Doesn’t get much more Southern than this place. They serve up tasty pulled pork sandwiches and one of my favorite brunswick stews!

Southern Soul BBQ– St. Simons Island, Georgia

My hometown spot for barbecue! My go to order is a pulled pork plate: huge portion of pork with two sides (killer hand cut fries and greens). I love their smoked chicken salad too.

Saw’s BBQ– Birmingham, AL

Saw’s opened it’s first location back in 2009 in the Homewood neighborhood; a tiny restaurant with about 15 tables in a busy residential area. It is always packed! In addition to the original Saw’s BBQ in Homewood, they have opened up Saw’s Juke Joint in Crestline, and Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale. Each locale is a little different but they all serve up awesome food and my favorite white bbq sauce!

Wishing y’all a happy and lucky new year!

Emily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more check out her blog Em’s on the Road. You can also follow her onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.

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