Small Pig Woes

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by pawoodswalker, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Friend of mine at work just got 6 small pigs and 1 has a bum leg, so he said he was going to put it down. He wanted to see if i could smoke it.I have a MES 40 and a UDS . He said it was probably around 20 lbs. Anyone have any experience with a small pig. If I cant smoke it whole maybe I can Cut it in half. Should I brine or not, Can always make sausage. Any other ideas always appreciated.
     
  2. ron forst

    ron forst Fire Starter

    Id just talk him into either making sausage with it or else season it up and make pulled pork out of the whole thing
     
  3. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    IMHO I thing cooking a little pig whole is your best option. Try to make sausage out of a 20lb hog is not going to get you much meat. If you smoke him/her low and slow you can then just pick the bones clean. When we do whole hog we leave the skin on and inject with marinade of your choice. We have also rubbed tha cavity down with a rub. No use doing it on the skin as most will not eat that and the rub does not penetrate the skin into the meat. Good lick and remember to post some pictures.

    Robert
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    A little one like that will have Very little Fat, so Brining or Injecting is a good idea...JJ
     
  5. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We have a local Meat shop that sells quality meats, but also smokes meat.  If you have something similar give them a call and ask, my meat shop loves to share advice.
     

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