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6 Oct

Grokfeast in Austin, Texas

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Our Primal Picnic was a meetup of the Austin Primal Living Group on We had a primal potluck picnic at Pease Park, a nice expansive park near downtown Austin. However to get to our meetup we first had to pass by a large group of sickly looking vegans and vegetarians who just happened to be having a meetup at the same time and place. To start off everyone went around and talked a little about how they got into primal living and why it appeals to them. For some it has helped with food intolerances and autoimmune disease. Others got into it because it just made sense and it makes them look and feel better. Then we chowed down on some wonderful dishes. Alex’s Heroin Wings were amazing, very juicy and succulent. The bacon wrapped sausages Tracy and I made were also a big hit. We also had some very colorful side dishes with fruits and veggies and some delicious tea to wash it all down. For dessert Vicky made a great baked apple dish with walnuts. Most of the time we were just talking and getting to know each other. It is great to be able to go to social function and actually be able to eat the food.

Then came the primal activities! We climbed a couple trees in our VFF’s. We threw around a couple footballs and Frisbees. Some people even decided to just lie out in the grass and enjoy the breeze, very relaxing and primal. To finish the night off we did some natural movements, a little gymnastics mixed with parkour. Then Nam finished off the night by serenading us with some lovely guitar music and singing. It was a great success; everyone had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next one.

The Feast

  • Heroin chicken drumsticks
  • Bacon wrapped sausage on toothpicks
  • Fruit salad with grapes, blackberries and strawberries
  • Celery and carrot with guacamole
  • Baked acorn squash
  • Grapefruit
  • Bell pepper with guacamole dip
  • Baked apples with walnuts
  • Peach Black Tea

Recipe: “Heroin Chicken” for Drumsticks

Mix together:

  • 1c Grated Parmesan cheese (I used shredded and it seemed to turn out ok)
  • 1 T Parsley
  • 1 T Basil
  • 1/2 T Oregano
  • 2 t Paprika
  • 1/2 t Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Melt almost one stick of butter (mine had a few Tbs missing and it was still more than enough)

Take 4lbs of chicken legs or wing drummettes and dip them in the butter then roll them in the cheese/spice mix. Place onto greased, rimmed pan. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes (shorter time for wing parts).

The Tribe

Bryan Barksdale (organizer of the Austin Primal Living Group), Tracy Bennett, Mohan Zhang, Elexia Lowe, Kevin Koskella (of Health Mind, Fit Body), Tracy Jones (author of The Caveman diet), Hieu Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Vy Nguyen, Vicky Moya, Jordan, Alex, Kevin’s friend

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Noooo… I wish I’d known! I live in Austin, but never fear — I have found your Meetup site! :) Looks like everyone had fun times!

    Lisa wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • 1 second this!

      jenella wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • I third this! I just moved to Austin and would have loved to have gone to this. I’ll check out the meetup group for sure.

      Heather F wrote on October 6th, 2010
      • Fourth, anyone? I’m signing up on Meetup as well!

        Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  2. awesome

    Robert wrote on October 6th, 2010
  3. These grokfeasts are making us hunt around for something similar in our area. If there isn’t one yet, there’s going to be and we’re going to host!

    The Primal Palette wrote on October 6th, 2010


    jenella wrote on October 6th, 2010
  5. Wow don’t you all look fit and fantastic, food looked delicious.

    I hope you continue to keep meeting up in the future.


    kim wrote on October 6th, 2010
  6. I’m definitely making that chicken!

    Audry wrote on October 6th, 2010
  7. It looks like everyone here had a blast! Awesome!

    Cindy Hanna wrote on October 6th, 2010
  8. awsome.

    MeatMe216 wrote on October 6th, 2010
  9. Looks like so much fun! That chicken recipe looks delish, I will be trying it out for sure!

    Maria wrote on October 6th, 2010
  10. I’m really amazed to see how many of these feasts lasted into the night. Looks like a blast! Hope the vegans were jealous. :p

    Kris wrote on October 6th, 2010
  11. I’ve been craving chicken (I’ve been eating lots of beef, venison and seafood lately). I might have to try this recipe very soon.

    Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  12. I visited Austin this summer…here’s one more reason that I’d like to LIVE there!

    Larry wrote on October 6th, 2010
  13. Those bacon-wrapped sausages look really really good. It all looks good!

    mayness wrote on October 6th, 2010
  14. Those drumsticks look amazing, I’ll have to try that recipe out.

    Adam wrote on October 6th, 2010
  15. That food looks amazing! I’m going to have to try those chicken wings. Nice job, y’all!

    Julie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  16. I also live here in Austin and did not know, but now I do. Your food photos are making me hungry!

    rebuildingmyself wrote on October 6th, 2010
  17. imagen bacon wrapped chicken leggs…..

    ian wrote on October 6th, 2010
  18. I love the name heroin chicken…kinda similar to a recipe I make (often because my wife demands it!). I can vouch that they are addicting. Looks like an amazing time

    anzy wrote on October 6th, 2010
  19. The recipe for “Heroin Wings” is in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes book. It’s definitely amazing.

    I realize that often people have *no* idea where a recipe came from, but since it’s an exact match, I thought I’d give her credit.

    Nicole wrote on October 6th, 2010
  20. That chicken recipe I am trying!! Sounds so good and you guys look like you had fun!!

    Lori wrote on October 6th, 2010
  21. Ahh – I didn’t know this group existed – I live in Austin. I’m going to sign up so I can join future events!

    Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  22. I’m gonna try the heroin drumsticks…
    is the first time free? is everyone doing them?

    Melody wrote on October 6th, 2010
  23. Chicken looks great, definitely going to give it a try soon.

    Mike wrote on October 6th, 2010
  24. Yum, everything looks delicious.

    Adrienne wrote on October 6th, 2010
  25. I am definitely doing the chicken recipe.

    Garth Whelan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  26. I am DROOLING over all that grok goodness!

    carol wrote on October 6th, 2010
  27. My next purchase will be five finger shoes. Great photo’s.

    Mark wrote on October 6th, 2010
  28. Well, I don’t live anywhere near Austin but would be fun to meet up with this group if I did.

    Sharon wrote on October 6th, 2010
  29. Those drumsticks look awesome! I am glad I am glad the renaissance fair is in town along with its massive turkey drumsticks

    Ben wrote on October 6th, 2010
  30. bacon and tree climbing….beautiful

    mike wrote on October 6th, 2010
  31. Yumm…berries. The food looks delicious!

    Vicky wrote on October 6th, 2010
  32. Another reason to love Austin.
    Pease Park is the best, I will be looking forward to the next one.

    Ed Teach wrote on October 6th, 2010
  33. Looks yummy.

    christie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  34. looked like fun

    Marti wrote on October 6th, 2010
  35. I live in Austin, and I was unaware of the Primal Living Group before now! Thank you, internet!

    Ray wrote on October 7th, 2010
  36. Looks like a good time

    Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  37. That chicken looks AMAZING!!!

    gilliebean wrote on October 8th, 2010
  38. That chicken recipe looks awesome!

    Zach wrote on July 27th, 2011

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