Went Whole Hog With Arnold

Discussion in 'Pork' started by crewdawg52, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Never had done a whole hog before and have been talking about it for a couple of years now. So a buddy suggested (we were at our favorite watering hole) we do one, so we did. Started out with 20lbs of charcoal, divided into 4 piles (with a big chunk of apple) placed in each corner. Used hickory coals after that to maintain temps.

    The pit bulild

    Arnold's spine split to butterfly him out, injected and rubbed.

    Wired up and ready for the homemade smoker.

    Arnold was covered with foil, then steel sheets to keep the smoke and heat in

    3 1/2 hrs later, the flip

    Covered back up for another 3 hrs, then uncovered and let the skin crisp for 20 minutes with direct heat

    Off the pit when the hams and shoulders reached 180-183* and let rest for about 40 minutes

    Arnold being dismantled for the feast!

    Was a great day for a pig roast. Just a few of the approx 80 people who came (the firepit was where the hickory was burnt).
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. Nice smoke and build!
  3. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Very cool!!!
    Looks like you have done that once or twice [​IMG] great job thanks for the pics.
  4. jjrokkett

    jjrokkett Meat Mopper

    Looks like a great time with some great food! Too bad good ole' Arnold had to be the center of attention ....[​IMG]
  5. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job on your pig roast....real nice pics too!!
  6. fatback

    fatback Fire Starter

    Great smoke and great pics! There should be a separate whole hog forum.
    Where was the fire? Under the drip pans? And why the foil liner at the very bottom? How often did you have to add to the fire?
  7. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] Nice Job, Thanks for Sharing
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow...that looks just like my pit, drip pans and all! [​IMG] Nice looking pig. :)
  9. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  10. fatback

    fatback Fire Starter

    Thank ya much.
  11. 9manfan

    9manfan Smoke Blower

    Man,, does that look like a Good Time,,,,, very nice,,,,,,,,,,,,
  12. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Heat source was in each corner. Foiled lined the bottom and lower two rows (of 4 rows) of cinder blocks to maintain the heat and act as sort of a convection oven/smoker. The foil pans were there to catch the drippings. Didnt want any grease fires. Had to add more hickory coals about every 2 or so hrs. Had a thermo prob hanging down at both ends to monitor the temps at the head and tail. Kept it at 275* or less. When the temps went below 200*, added more coals.
  13. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that looked like fun, and tasty too.

    How heavy was Arnold when He went into the pit?

    Did you invite the Ziffels to the feast?
  14. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cool! Quite an undertaking. Great job!
  15. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. Good job!
  16. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Reminds me of "A Christmas story" where Ralphies' family couldn't eat the Duck because it was smiling at them.

  17. Wow that looks great.
  18. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice work. Next on the list of things to do.
    I did one in a cooker for my 40 Bday. Added to much charcoal and he burned up a little. Still good eats.
    Yours looks much better, congrats
  19. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow, that was great.
    Amazing post and such excellent Qview! Great job prepping for what had to be one hell of a party.
  20. isutroutbum

    isutroutbum Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Very cool! Thanks for posting!!

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