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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

BBQ pig tails are a regional specialty in the Waterloo County, Ontario area but, they're usually just roasted in the oven in a sweet tomato-based sauce.
I picked up some really nice looking, meaty pig tails in the butcher shop yesterday. But, rather than just going the oven baked route, I
want to try doing true smoked tails.
Has anyone done these that can offer some suggestions? Straight in the smoker and finish with sauce? CYM and rub? Other?
I have hickory, apple, cherry, mulberry, oak, maple and grape vine available for the smoke.




post #2 of 17

After you succeed, would you be so kind as to outline your steps? Maybe, what you will do different next time etc. I went to school there and went to the Blue Moon in Petersburg for them. That was when a pitcher of draught went for $2. Good smokin'.




post #3 of 17

Sorry no help from Waterloo IL USA......I dont think i have ever seen a tail for sale and my dad was a butcher for 45 years. Must really be local item.........But if they sell them in the US (i'm sure they do) someone on SMF has smoked it...........

post #4 of 17

They sound interesting...Let us know what you come up with. I did a Google search for Smoked Pig Tails and got this Video...JJ ROTF.gif



post #5 of 17

Sorry Chef but i think you should check what you been putting in the smoker these day............Not the same pig tail........th_HaHAAHaa.gif

post #6 of 17

but it was a PIG!!!!

post #7 of 17

What about letting them brine a bit, then smoke.  Like bacon.


Call it Bacon Tails

post #8 of 17

I don't know about buying them separate but my wife always grabs the tail when we roast a pig.





post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Fairly common item in this area at farmers' markets and independent butcher shops.

Done the way they're usually done you need plenty of beer to wash them down and plenty of wet naps 'çause you'll be sticky sauce from ear to ear.

You won't find them on the menu in linen tablecloth restaurants, but almost any country pub will have them.


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post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Decided to go with CYM and Wild Willy's Number One-derful rub. After 6 hours @ 225º in the MES-40 using cherry wood chips they had a nice subtle smokey flavour but the meat was still a bit tough. Today, these 12 will spend some time in a covered pan in the oven using the locally traditional slightly sweet tomato-based sauce. The other 12 will be done with home-made sauerkraut.


Pig Tails 06RT.jpg

post #11 of 17

Used to smoke tails from hogs we cut up; brine them with ham brine and smoke in stockinette, they'd be good!  Sold a lot of them too in chain stores, and a lot of Canadians came in looking for them, along with pig ears and snouts. (I was 30 mi. from the border near Kingston, Ont.).

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ended up doing the smoked tails an additional 1-1/2 hours in the oven @ 350ºF with the sauce. Came out great, nice and tender with the added bonus of perfect smokiness.

I'll be doing these again.

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post #13 of 17

Looks delicious, but the home boss wife.gif would not agree to that. Pulled pork for her.

post #14 of 17

I like the look of those.My mother came from Orillia but she never mentioned pigtails.Really clever way to approach them,available here only in chinese butchers.

post #15 of 17

Look good!

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey Frosty,


You could tell Mrs. Frosty that it's pulled pork on a stick. drool.gif

post #17 of 17

The next time why not smoke as with ribs? Smoke for a few hours, take out of smoker and smother in your favorite bbq sauce, place on a sheet of aluminum foil and add a bit of apple juice. Then wrap the tails up tightly and place back in the smoker for another hour - hour and a half. I do this step with ribs and the steam tenderizes the meat and begins to fall off the bones.

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