Holy Hog Barbeque Carrollwood review

Holy Hog Barbecue is locally owned and operated with restaurants in Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, West Tampa and the Amelie Arena.  On Monday, December 5th, they opened their 5th and largest location in Carrollwood just north of Linebaugh Ave.


Join their Hog Nation Loyalty program to receive special offers, discounts and prizes.  Holy Hog’s also supports the community by contributing to charities such as Mary Lee’s House, Metropolitan Ministries, Younglife and Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch just to name a few.

Now onto their award winning barbeque!

Holy Hog’s has a variety of meats including country smoked ham, St. Louis ribs, Angus beef rib, Burnt ends (BBQ candy), Smoked spicy beef sausage, and smoked turkey breast.  You have an extensive list of sides to choose from!  Sweet potatos, collard greens, mushrooms & onions, hand cut fries, fried okra, Southwestern corn medley and green bean casserole just to name a few.  Sandwiches such as the Hog & Heifer and Texas turkey stack as well as salads like a Cobb salad or Farmer’s Market chop salad are also available.  The “Lil’ Piggies” can choose from cheese quesadilla, rib basket or chicken tenders which include fries and a fountain drink (10 and under) for $4.95.  Desserts include such yumminess as home baked cookies, orange blossom pie, Reese’s Peanut Butter Koo Pee and my favorite that I spotted as soon as I walked in the door- banana pudding!  If you’re thirsty you can have home brewed tea, Coke products, Holy Hog Water, Vintage sodas, and Florida brewed beers.  They also have family dinners available which can serve four or another that serves 10-12.  Holy Hog’s catering is available for picnics, corporate events, weddings and more.

My husband and I decided to try it out tonight, so we drove across the street to get take out for our family of five.  I chose their pulled pork, added smoked chicken for $2.95, green beans and mashed potatoes.  Hubs got the Texas style brisket, added the pork summer sausage for $2.95 with sweet potatoes and collard greens.  Our total was about $30.


This was my variety plate                                       Texas style brisket                                         pulled pork


Smoked chicken                                            Dinner is served!                          Leftovers after our family of 5

Everything was very good.  I was a little irked when I opened my pork and saw that the BBQ sauce the cashier had tossed in the box had opened and spilled everywhere.  I don’t care for that kind but fortunately it missed most of the meat.  We also got their sweet sauce which was very tasty and a hot BBQ sauce is also available.  All of the meat was very tender although the brisket was a little more fatty than I like.  The green beans were tasty and the bits of sausage gave it a delicious flavor.  I really liked the mashed potatoes, too.  I’m not a huge sweet potato or collard green fan but tried them both and would eat them again.  Everyone cleared their plates and we have enough lunch tomorrow!!

I give it 4 out of 5 smilies and know we will eat there again.

Find Holy Hog’s online, on Facebook and on Instagram (holyhogbbq), Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Youtube and Yelp.

**some pictures and content taken from http://www.holyhogbbq.com**

Originally posted on Tampa Bay Moms Group


How to weigh yourself the day after Thanksgiving…and the next day

I’ve consistently stayed under 145 lbs for about 3 weeks and under 150 lbs for about a month and a half. This is big for me since tipping over the 150 mark a few months after being rear ended last year. I’m eating less, trying to eat better, getting up and moving more with trying to keep the house clean and dealing with remodeling and redecorating. I’m trying to get back into exercise mode.

Then Thanksgiving hit.

I was good and didn’t eat any of the chocolate chocolate chip muffins that I made and only licked the bowl a little (there are no calories in the stuff stuck on the sides of the bowl- just an FYI). I ate oatmeal for breakfast, had carrots and hummus as a snack, might have nibbled on my daughter’s appetizer leftovers from BJ’s and walked a half a mile before sitting down to eat our scrumptious meal. I had a few small pieces of turkey, a little green bean casserole, a roll (Hubby bought the extra yummy kind- couldn’t pass that up) and mashed potatoes (with butter, sour cream and cream cheese mixed in). I skipped the stuffing (on the first round).

Then, the drama happened that I talked about in my last post so I went on a 5 mile walk. I think this is where my downfall began. Hubby fixed me eggnog and Fireball (do NOT read the nutrition label on eggnog!!). Then I had small servings of pumpkin pie, banana pudding and apple Kuchen.


Later that night, Hubby brought me a 32 oz Screwdriver with pineapple juice while I was relaxing in the tub.

I weighed myself the next morning. As I was about to text my accountability partner who ate this


she sent me a text saying how she only gained ONE pound!! I sent back “I gained three.” I was back up to 146.8. I woke up this morning and weighed myself again (not one of my smarter decisions). The numbers 148.6 were blazing up at me.

Then I realized I was doing it wrong. THIS is how you should weigh yourself the day after Thanksgiving…and the next several days after


Now you know how to do it when Christmas comes!!

Day 60 (30 days left) I feel skinny, oh so skinny

I woke up this morning, stretched and yelped! My glutes were SORE! I think it was a combination of Jillian Michel’s 30 Day Shred and Wii Zumba. It was a good sore though, meaning all my hard work is paying off.

When I finally got around to getting up I put on my workout pants and-feeling very confident- pulled my sports bra over my head foregoing my usual baggy t-shirt. I strutted around the house like that for about an hour. I wanted to see how great I looked so I paused to check my sexy self in the mirror. Ummmm….hmmmm….not bad but not so sexy either. There is definitely an improvement but I’m not quite there yet.

All the changes I’ve made so far are working but there’s a whole lotta work to be done. I still have 11 more days to get sexy by Halloween! Hubby and I have big plans so I need to stay on task for sure.

‘Tis the season to eat cookies, fa la la la la la la la

Don we now our fat apparel fa la la fa la la la la la

NO!!!!  The holidays are not an excuse to eat whatever we want then make those useless New Year’s resolutions about losing weight.  The best thing to do is to make changes before the holidays begin- think waaaay back to Halloween when you scarf down the candy your kids don’t like.   Do you really want to know how long you’ll have to run, do cardio or even walk to work off that bite-size Snickers bar?

Then we’re hit with Thanksgiving- turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, apple pie, calories, fat, clogged arteries.

A month later we get another round but this time we add cookies, cakes, egg nog, candy canes, chocolate Santas and more! 

A week later it’s time to make empty promises we know we’ll break but write down anyway.  Put down that candy, choose white meat instead of dark, skip the rolls, use a smaller plate and if you HAVE to eat dessert make it a small slice…then go for a walk with your significant other or even the whole family!