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10 Oct

Grokfeast in Nebraska

On September 13th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 13 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.

What a great Primal Sunday!!! I started this morning by going to my garden in the rain and picking the vegetables that I would be using for my 2 salads. After preparing those, I finished the morning by rubbing a pig’s butt with a seasoned rub. I cooked it all day long, and my house smelled awesome!!! Whomever says pigs stink has never rubbed their butt with such a delicious rub!

After our guests arrived, we primed ourselves for supper with some good old fashioned potato sack races. I figured we may as well use EVERYTHING we have so as not to waste anything, so the potato sacks ended up coming in handy. After everyone was winded, we settled down to enjoy our feast. Our feast consisted of BBQ Rub Pork Butt, Bacon Broccoli Salad, Cucumber/Tomato/Onion Salad, and Baked Peaches with Almonds for dessert. All the food was a hit, and the only creature we had to protect ourselves from while eating was a Tiger (aka: family cat).

We ended the evening with a game of Hide & Go Seek/Tag in the dark. You start off by having someone count, but instead of  just finding the hiders, you have to also tag them before they get to base. This game is guaranteed to give everyone a belly full of laughs (even when that belly is already full of great primal food!) and lungs full of fresh air from the quick sprints. A perfect way to end a great night with friends!

The Feast

BBQ Rub Pork Butt, Bacon Broccoli Salad, Cucumber/Tomato/Onion Salad, Baked Peaches With Cinnamon & Almonds

BBQ Rub Pork Butt Recipe

  • 6 pounds pork butt
  • 2 T  chili powder
  • 1 T  paprika
  • 1 T  black pepper
  • 1  T garlic powder
  • 2  t  onion powder
  • 2  t  mustard powder
  • 2  t  cumin
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper

Mix all the herbs together, rub it all over the meat. Cover the meat with foil. Cook for 8 hours in a 250 degree oven, turning it every hour.

The Tribe

Lori Hogan, Brad Hogan, Cassidy Hogan, Cooper Hogan, Cody Hogan, Brenda Mueller, Justin Mueller, Brayson Mueller, Reed Mueller

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I want to play tag with a bunch of primal adults… on the playground…. maybe at Primal Con 2012?!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 11th, 2011
  2. YAY Nebraska!!!

    Erin wrote on October 11th, 2011
  3. Where in Nebraska? Are you in Omaha by chance? We have a group that get together monthly and we’d love for you to join us!

    Jen wrote on October 12th, 2011
    • That would be so much fun! But, we are south of Lincoln. :o(

      Lori wrote on October 12th, 2011
    • I’m in Omaha, too. Does your group just get together for Primal meals, or do you go to farmers markets, etc, together, too?


      Paul Bures wrote on November 27th, 2011
    • I’m in Omaha, too! I didn’t know there was a primal group here!! How do I find you guys?

      Alysen wrote on December 31st, 2011
    • My wife and I are in Omaha, NE and are just beginning to embark on the primal blueprint, and we would definitely be interested in meeting up with like minded people!

      Dan wrote on February 23rd, 2012
  4. Let’s go primal!

    dan wrote on March 29th, 2012
  5. Would love to get that bacon and broccoli salad recipe from you

    Tanner wrote on April 4th, 2012
  6. Any of you Nebraskans out in the west part of the state?

    Cheri wrote on June 15th, 2012
    • I am central. What part of west are you?

      Aimee wrote on September 11th, 2012
  7. If you are in Omaha, please consider joining our meetup group at

    It’s hard to find us paleo folks in the middle of all this corn-fed beef!

    Jen wrote on September 11th, 2012

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