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Going whole Hog in the Fall

IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
So a family friend upstate NY raises pigs, we just put in an order for one whole pig.  As far as I know he feeds grass majority of it's life, then starts on a grain diet toward the end to fatten it up.  I bought a half in the past and they are fabulous.  He basically breaks even on his pigs, just loves the hobby of raising them.  He also raises cows (same way I think), and I recently had a ribeye from one, and I must say it was one of the most flavorful steaks I have ever eaten.  Highly recommend this if possible.    

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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited February 2012
    Tell him not to grind a damn thing, and if you can, keep the subprimals whole. Dont let some dude determine how thick you like your chops.

    You can break much of it down yourself.

    Check out the book 'Good Meat'. I'm sure there are better, but it is a good all 'round intro to buying sides or whole animals, and utilising them and thereby respecting them

    Get the hocks, head, etc. Respect the animal and it will repay you tenfold.

    Jane Grigson was a little ahead of her time in reminding us what things were like not more than 50-60 years ago. Check her "Charcuterie and french cooking" (or something like that). On kindle it's maybe 9 bucks.

    She uses the whole pig. And yet there's nothing that is ground except some sausage.

    Great that you know the guy who raises them.
    Lucky bastard
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    I will do that, he gave me a quarter pig last time and not much grinded with the exception of some sausage.  Loved it, wonderful stuff, and looking forward to the next batch.
  • Usually, when I shoot a wild hog, I get the whole thing ground into sausage. Whole hog sausage is about as good as it gets. Either that or I'll cut them in half to Q on a big fire. imageimage
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Fabulous my man, good stuff.  Mine will be farm raised pig,  might have missed in the title, sorry.  But, I want to go on that hunt, let me know, am I worthy?
  • If you're ever in the Central Texas area, we can defiantly make it happen. I shot those in South GA but, Cen Tex is pretty darn good .
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Dude, I would love it, but I am a Northwest homeboy.




  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    might shoot myself in the foot.
  • I am a certified firearms instructor. I've trained thousands of folks, I'm sure you could do it.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • bhuggbhugg Posts: 207
    Not to invite myself, but I would love to harvest a wild hog, even if it's against my sports religion, seeing as I am a razorback fan and all.
    Large BGE Dallas, TX
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,953
    edited February 2012
    There are about 2 million feral hogs in Texas, more than any other state.  They cause massive amounts of damage to the agricultural industry and wildlife.  Come on down and kill as many as you can.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious


  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Sorry, meant NorthEast last night.  I had watched the videos on youtube of some hunts and they are pretty crazy.    
  • hogsfanhogsfan Posts: 128
    edited February 2012
    Not to invite myself, but I would love to harvest a wild hog, even if it's against my sports religion, seeing as I am a razorback fan and all.
    Amen.

    Woo Pig Sooie!
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    U of A alum. .... Whooooooooo. Pigggggggssssss. Sooooooiiiiiiiieeeeeee
    Cookin in Texas
  • bhuggbhugg Posts: 207
    WPS. Where are my fellow hog fans? I'm in Dallas.
    Large BGE Dallas, TX
  • SY26SY26 Posts: 6
    Travis, you look a little different in your avatar photo.
    Large BGE
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