how to order a whole pig?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jerseydrew, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    i've always seen whole pigs cooked and displayed laying on their belly. but i saw pitmasters finally on tv and saw they had the pig laid out on it's back spread wide with what looked like the ribs floating. what is the wording/lingo to order a pig prepped that way?
  2. pigman jim

    pigman jim Fire Starter


    You can ask for the pig splayed out or ask for it butterflied. The common term is butterfiled. With that, the pig will lie flat on its back. To do this, the butcher will break through the backbone all the way down. Typically when I get a butterflied pig, the legs still don't lie down completely flat. I always take stainless steel wire and wire the feet to the grating.

    Good luck!

  3. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

  4. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    The cooks actually butterflied them on Pitmasters using electric saws
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You don't need to get that fancy. I just used a mallet and cleaver with mine.

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