I got a request for tips and info on how to smoke a whole hog from O.T., one of my blog readers. I love it when people interact and comment here with questions (below) because it gives me a chance to provide real value with this website.
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In the interest in providing some great How To BBQ a Whole Hog information, I’m providing you with a sort of digest on the subject of Whole Hog Smoking below. Please visit the links I provide here as the information you’ll find is a great way to begin compiling a Whole Hog 101 Smoking game plan.
Tips on Smoking a Whole Hog
Whole Hog 101 Resources from Malcom Reed of the Killer Hog Competition BBQ Team
I’ve been a huge fan of Malcom Reed and his Killer Hogs competition BBQ team for a while now. Sure, the Killer Hogs are ace competitors in the world of BBQ. But where Malcom really shines is with his How To BBQ Right blog. This is a must bookmark site that never ceases to provide amazing value and information to anyone looking to improve their backyard or competition BBQ skills.
Never one to disappoint, Malcom’s Whole Hog BBQ Smoking Archive is out of this world useful! On this website you will find videos, tips and recipes that will show you exactly how to trim a whole hog, inject a whole hog and smoke a whole hog.
Cowgirl’s Country Life Whole Hog On A Cinder Block Pit
If you’ve ever been to the Cowgirl’s Country Life blog you know what I mean when I say …. damn, that lady can flat out cook. Her post on cooking a Whole Hog on a cinder block pit is filled with awesome step-by-step photos and easy to follow “how to” information.
This is a great post for anyone who has some yard space to spare and needs a cost efficient way to smoke a whole hog. You can find that post here.
La Caja China Whole Hog Roast
My good friend in BBQ Perry Perkins first introduced me to the La Caja China style of BBQ. Inspired by what Perry wrote in his book La Caja China Cooking: The secret to perfect roasting, the guys over at BBQ Addicts documented the entire process of roasting a whole hog la caja china style.
Head over here to see the entire post and associated photos. They’re awesome! You’ll note that at the end of the article, Jason reports that the meat did not get as tender as he’d like. Cooking la caja china style whole hog can absolutely deliver pull from the bone tenderness. From what I understand, it just takes some practice. You can find another great article on this style of whole hog cooking on the Cigar Aficionado blog.
However, one of the most complete articles on whole hog la caja china style comes from The L Magazine Whole Hog Write Up here.
Goin’ Whole Hog: What You Need To Know To Roast A Hog Or Suckling Pig
Finally, I give you Meathead’s amazing and extremely informative (as always) post on the ins and outs of roasting a whole hog or suckling pig.
Tapping into the tradition of whole hog BBQ from the Carolinas, he states:
There is no place on earth that takes hog cookery as seriously as the folks in the Carolinas. When you order “barbecue” in the eastern parts of North or South Carolina, you are usually ordering chopped meat from a whole hog, and many joints in the Southeast feature a “Pig Pickin'”, a sumptuous buffet featuring a whole hog on display. You just sidle up to the table and pluck off whatever you want. When lunch is over, there is nothing but a few bones. Even the skin is gone because, when it is cooked the way I describe below, fabulously crisp “cracklins” become an essential part of the feast.
To date I’ve found no single resource on prepping a whole hog for BBQ. Meathead goes delves deeply into the Carolina tradition of Whole Hog BBQ but also does a nice job of explaining some other regional approaches as well as some of the finer points of whole hog BBQ in general.
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