First Whole Hog (Q-View)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigtrain74, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My father (UncleBubbas BBQ) and I decided to roast a pig for my daughters birthday party.

    This adventure was a few weeks in the making.

    Had to dig the earth to make sure the pit was nice and level.



    Cinder blocks anyone?


    Cinder blocks, $48.   New suspension in the van, $500.

    Having your own BBQ pit in your back yard... PRICELESS!


    Dear ole' dad hooked up the rack made out of rebar. 


    The guest of honor awaits his fate... Injected and trimmed.


    7:30 am we kick the tires and light the fires!



    We ended up going through 4 bags of charcoal. Not to mention the 

    delicious cherry and maple wood we threw in there every 20 mins.


    We rubbed her down ever so gently with a sweet and spicy rub and some vegetable oil.

    64 pounds dressed.


    Added the beast to the pit skin side down to ensure proper cooking. About 9:00am

    Don't mind the shotgun shells on the ends of the rebar.

    Just an easy way to hold the racks when they get a bit too warm.


    Ply wood sheet to cover the top and the ends

    A great and inexpensive way to seal in the smoke and heat.


    We had a consistent temp of around 300 degrees.

    About 2/3 of the way done...

     

    The finished product. Hams around 185 degrees. Took it off and wrapped in foil. 

    Sorry to pics of the chopped pork. Damn scavengers!


    My father and I... A job well done!


    It was the best pork I have had by far!

    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
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  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job, Big Train!!!

    Beautiful Mahogany Piggy!!

    Looks Awesome!!!

    Bear
     
  3. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Bear! I was such a blast to do! I can't wait to do it again.
     
  4. thats the ultimate setup..and cant beat time with dad, i used to do stuff like this with my dad all the time. digging pits, butchering animals, raising em and such and of course eatin em..lol. the hog looks amazing. beautiful color, i can only imagine the taste. thanks for sharing.
     
  5. That little piggy looks fantastic! Great project for you and Dad too!
     
  6. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Husker!
     
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good job, looks really good.  How many did you feed?

    Tom
     
  8. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks T. I bought it planning on for 50 including kids. I had plenty left over though!
     
  9. Looks great. What did you inject piggy with?
     
  10. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, the injection was Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple Juice, and the pork rub. 

    The mopping sauce was Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Turbinado Sugar, and Pork Rub.
     
  11. Whole hog smoking is definitely on my bucket list. That looks crazy good man
     
  12. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, I can now cross it off mine! But that does not mean I will not do one again.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013
  13. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks amazing for your first pig roast. Very well done and I love the simplicity of the pit.[​IMG]
     
  14. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks outstanding, BT!  Beautiful color...Very nicely done!

    Red
     
  15. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Oh yeah I forgot to ask. What was your total cooking time? Did you chart it by any chance?
     
  16. Looks great. Nice color. Nice build also.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  17. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    With all the beer I had, I think I remember it being between 6.5 - 7 hours of total cook time. It flew by!
     
  18. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job! Did you get the plans from the the 3 Guys Miami site? I've done a few hogs that same way you did and they turn out awesome every time. Looks intimidating but it is really very easy to do. Nice work!!!
     
  19. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have seen it done by a few people. Not too sure if it was the 3 guys or not though. I knew this would be the most cost effective way of doing it. Especially if a cinder block ends up cracking, for $1.47 you just throw a new one in there. It's a no brainer. It's not the prettiest thing in my yard but I put out some good food.
     
  20. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    They work great. I keep mine stacked up on the side of the house and just pull it out when I need it. I line the bottom of the pit and the inside of the first two rows of cinders with foil is the only difference. Can be transported to other locations that way, which makes it nice. Again, very nice work.
     

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