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Your Super Bowl Pig Roast

Super Bowl Sunday is an American holiday. And though no one's quite giving you the day off, perhaps it's time to start treating the day—and your stadium of guests—with the culinary reverence only a whole roast pig can provide. Here are four good places to start.

Sandy's Bakery & Deli
THE STYLE: SPIT-ROASTED

Sandy's Bakery & Deli

This Albany Park Serbian deli hosts charcoal-roasted pig buffets every Sunday, but since you'll probably prefer appetizers of guacamole to goulash, get one to go. Per Serb tradition, the apple in the pig's mouth has a dime inserted into it. Consider it a rebate.

$6.99/pound starting at 18 pounds, order by Jan 31 for Sunday pickup; 5857 W. Lawrence Ave (at Marmoa), 773-794-1129

Lalich Deli
THE STYLE: OVEN-ROASTED

Lalich Deli

This deli may also be Serbian, but it uses a gas roaster to ensure your guest of honor has that perfect, even crackle to its salted skin. You could request that the pig be pre-carved, but that deprives your guests of a meat-slicing halftime show.

$6.50/pound for 20 pounds, order by Jan 31 for Sunday pickup; 4208 W. Lawrence Ave (between Tripp and Keeler), 773-545-3642

La Unica Food Mart
THE STYLE: CUBAN

La Unica Food Mart

Head through the front Cuban grocery to discover this hidden restaurant, turning out crispy-skinned, Havana-style porcine treats. The secret is a 24-hour Cuban marinade, meaning that if you want one for Sunday, your two-minute warning begins now...

$4.99-5.50/pound for 30 pounds, order today for Sunday pickup; 1515 W. Devon Ave (between Greenview and Clark), 773-274-7788‎

Halsted Packing House
THE STYLE: DIY

Halsted Packing House

If you've signed on to quarterback your own shindig, you might as well call the pig-roasting plays. This purveyor of fresh whole hogs dates back to the time when Chicago was hog butcher to the world and the area was more meatpacking and less meat market.

$2.39/pound for 40 pounds, order today for Saturday pickup; 445 N. Halsted St (between Grand and Hubbard), 312-421-5147

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