Need help with big piece of pork

Discussion in 'Pork' started by gmatheson, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. The wife brought home a big piece of pork for me to smoke for thanksgiving this weekend. I'm not sure what the cut is called but it has the loin, ribs and belly all together.

    My biggest question is how to go about smoking it so that all the parts reach their ideal temp together and what the approx cooking time would be at 250ish degrees.

    Any suggestions for prepping the meat, cooking techniques or even seasoning would be greatly appreciated.

    If it helps I am using a 20" horizon offset smoker.
  2. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Never cooked that cut let alone seen it before. I would probably separate it if it was me.
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I also would separate it! Use a sharp knife and take as much of the belly off that you can until you hit a bone. Then take the loin part off of the bone. What you have left is ribs with some extra bones!!! Treat each piece of meat accordingly...

    There's lots of recipes here for bacon, loins and ribs...

    I'm assuming you don't have access to a band saw or a meat saw. If you did I would do it different!

    I wish I had your dilemma!
  4. Separating would be the easy way and my first choice but the wife wanted it done in one piece kindof like a whole hog. I guess I can always reassemble the pieces after they are cooked and no one will know
  5. I mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!!! Boone
  6. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would teeat as saiad as a whole hog. Do some looking around on the site for whole hog cooks. You will want to pack some sausage or other meat type item on the bone side of the loin, it will cook faster and dry out if not.
  7. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Buy yourself a meat saw.  They are not that expensive.  You can get one under 20 bucks in most places.  Leave about 6 inches of rib on the loin.  You have the whole pork loin the way it looks.  You could even cut the loin in half for easier handling.  Seperate the belly from the ribs.  I would brine the belly for bacon and you could do the ribs separately for the folks on Thanksgiving as well.  Would be nice to take the chime off the loin as well for easier slicing.  Reinhard

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