Pig smoke for a cigar event (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by va_connoisseur, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. I was asked to smoke a pig for a cigar event at my local cigar club. This was only my second pig smoke on the reverse flow so I figured I would document it for the brethren. Here we go...

    Picked up the pig at 1900 and from the joint there were "issues". I was suppose to get a 80 pound pig dress. Unfortunately, the farmer conveyed the message to his help and the help picked an 80 pound piggy to slaughter, leaving me with a ~55 pound pig.

    Here is piggy on the smoker. I went light with him, EVO on the skin and salt in the cavity. The wood is hickory...

    Piggy was so fresh he still had mud on his nose. Two hours in and getting a little color.

    Six hours in and the mahogany color is starting to show. [​IMG]
    It's 0400 and I'm about to hit the course for some Tiger Woods 2014 and grab a good cigar.

    Learned some valuable lessons...(1) 0400 is not a good time to try to learn a new Xbox game, (2) there is never a bad time for a good cigar and (3) this pig is looking and smelling good.

    I covered the face, it was placed closet to the reverse flow opening, with foil and she went to sleep. This was at the 8 hour mark. The entire time I was keeping the temp low because I wanted her to be done at noon. I had planned for a 12 hour smoke for an 80 pound pig, so this is getting interesting. The hams are at 168, shoulders at 171 and 174.

    Good color at the 10 hour mark. Temps are ~188 at the hams and shoulders. I need to stretch this for another 2 hours. Skin is really taut.

    The pig has become a razor back. At 13 hours, the spine and knees broke through the skin. All major areas were between 202 and 210. Time to pull.

    Pull, chopped and ready to serve. I was surprised at how lean this pig was. The next time I will definitely put a drip pan under the loins to protect them. The leans all but dried up and disappeared. The rest of the meat was moist and with good flavor. I must say it was the first time I ever tried smoked jowls, they were tasty.
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  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking very tasty!!

  3. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You da man!
    Great job my friend
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Look at that pig!!! Very nice.

  6. Woow, tht was good qview. I want to attemp onefor the fourth but im afraid. I need to man up
  7. That looks like one happy piggy!!! Nice job!
  8. pote05

    pote05 Meat Mopper

    Looks great, awesome job.....
  9. That my friend is a nice looking Pig. Great color.

    Happy smoken.

  10. cfarley

    cfarley Fire Starter

    Great Looking pig! Who made your smoker?
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have always wanted to do that. Have been to several Ducks Unlimited events that it was done there and the taste is fantastic. Its looks just great !
  12. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Doing one next weekend. Can't wait to give it a shot. Nice work with this!
  13. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That piggy looks amazing!  AND was nice to see a picture of you too!  Great job...wonderful q-views....and what a color you got on that little piggy!

  14. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    That's a good looking pig! I bet everybody enjoyed that one. Mmmm! [​IMG]
  15. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks excellent....I wonder if mopping some would have kept it together? I'm sure the crowd was pleased though...Willie
  16. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Looks awesome man.  Nice looking rig also.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013
  17. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That looks fantastic! I want to try a whole pig one day myself and look forward to it.
  18. That is an outstanding job! It looks great!

    Who are you cooking for? The Marines at Quantico?


  19. Not this time, I was cooking for my cigar crew. Which includes a bunch of retire service members and govies.
  20. Thanks. My smoker was made by a local welder, Cookers by Kev. He did a great job and this smokers will sit at 250 all day will little more that one split of wood every 60-70 minutes

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