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Pig of the Month: Pigalicious Convenience

Ribs with a BBQ glaze

Barbeque is labor intensive and great tasting barbeque is hard to find, even in barbeque restaurants. Enter Pig of the Month, an online BBQ company invented by the barbeque-crazy Richards family.

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Imagine getting slabs of smoky, already cooked baby back ribs in the mail. All you’ve got to do is add a bit more sauce and re-heat. Deliciously simple.

According to their website bio, the Richards used to spend every vacation searching for great barbeque. After literally traveling all over the country eating their way through everyone else’s version of barbeque ribs, pulled pork,and sauces, they decided to take what they learned and create their own. And the result is pretty darned good barbeque.

Pig of the Month’s baby back ribs are smoky, tender yet chewy, and have plenty of meat on the bones. Using their reheating instructions, they’re a breeze to fix and are ready in about 30 minutes. We added some of their sweet-hot Love Me Tender The King of Memphis BBQ Sauce and found it a lip-smacking combination of sweet and heat.

Their pulled pork, shreds of tender, juicy pork butt and shoulder, are hand-pulled and mixed with their Memphis-style BBQ Sauce. The meat comes in one-pound and five-pound packages, is flavorful and sweet, and makes a great sandwich filling.

Though we didn’t sample them (so can’t review them), you can also order sides, including buttermilk coleslaw, cornbread, and pimento cheese spread. In addition to the Love Me Tender Memphis Barbeque Sauce, they also make Colonel Mustard Carolina Mustard, Key West in a Bottle, Miss Scarlett’s Carolina Red, and Get Lei’d Hawaiian BBQ Sauces. Customers can also sign up for their Pig of the Month program that automatically sends meats and sides each month.

Pulled pork by Pig of the Month

Pig of the Month’s pulled pork, hands-down an RFT favorite, is sweet and tender and makes a terrific sandwich.

Their products are shipped overnight and come with re-heating instructions, moist towel-letts, extra sauce, and even a plastic rib bib.

Real bottom line: If you’re looking for good barbeque that’s really convenient, Pig of the Month fits the bill. Their meat is tender, smoky, and sweet. Perhaps the best part is you don’t have to spend hours smoking it yourself. Just take it out of the package, re-heat, and enjoy. Or, as they say, get messy. — BH

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.