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  • Eli
    Eli
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    • May 2019
    • 5

    Pig roast question about ordering the hog

    I have meatheads book and enjoy it very much, my latest challenge is to try and roast a whole pig. The problem is the local supplier says they cannot cut through the backbone and remove the spinal cord because of the type of saw they use. They did say they can cut it right in half. Should I have them do that or do I need to figure out how to remove the backbone adn cord myself?

    Thanks
    Eli
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    #2
    I can't help, but Welcome to The Pit Eli.

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    • Ahumadora
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      • Oct 2015
      • 1958
      • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

      #3
      Do you have a 4" grinder? Get a fine tooth wood blade for it. Will work well for cutting the backbone. Wear an old shirt as it flings crap everywhere.

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      • Ahumadora
        Ahumadora commented
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        Skilsaw with the blade depth set shallow will work also. After you are finished leave it outside for the cats to clean it for you.
    • HawkerXP
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      Welcome to the Pit! Go Giants!

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      • ComfortablyNumb
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        Go Giants??? They are in the cellar 7 games behind the LA DODGERS!!!

        Unless, of course, you are referring to some other sport that doesn't matter! ;-)

      • HawkerXP
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        It was a test to see if our "new" Eli was my quarterback from the NY Giants ComfortablyNumb

      • Mudkat
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        HawkerXP now that's funny right there!
    • klflowers
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      #5
      Welcome to the Pit! Go Giants!
      Are you that Eli? What do you think about Daniel Jones? Welcome from TN

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      • Donw
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        • Jul 2017
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        #6
        Welcome from Maryland.

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        • Backroadmeats
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          • Dec 2018
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          • Central mn

          #7
          Why do you need to remove the spinal cord?? I have done lots of whole hog cooks and never removed the spinal cord??

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          • ComfortablyNumb
            ComfortablyNumb commented
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            I'll back you up on this one, we've done several as well with the hog trussed on a spit, fully intact less intestines. Must be something in Meathead's book about it, guess I'll have to check it out.
        • Eli
          Eli
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          • May 2019
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          #8
          Would there be any issue cutting the pig completely in half?

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          • ComfortablyNumb
            ComfortablyNumb commented
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            No, and if you had it split removing the spinal cord would be easy.

          • Backroadmeats
            Backroadmeats commented
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            If they cut it perfectly down the middle.. if they get off a little bit I may still be a chore!!
        • Eli
          Eli
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          • May 2019
          • 5

          #9
          Thanks for replies, Looking around online I saw some people use a machete and hammer to split the back bone, i'm still undecided if I will try that or have them cut it right in half. In Meathead's book he recommends splaying it so it cooks more evenly, although I know many people use the spit

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          • Backroadmeats
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            • Dec 2018
            • 485
            • Central mn

            #10
            Just set it on the rack like it fell asleep there.. that is a big piece of meat and very forgiving .. Click image for larger version

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            • Thom Emery
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              • Sep 2014
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              • Indio Ca

              #11
              Pat Martin cracked and spread em at Stagecoach Music Fest
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              • Backroadmeats
                Backroadmeats commented
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                Yup lots of people do!! Not saying it is wrong but I cook 20 hog cooks a year and don't do it.. lots of different ways to do stuff.
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              #12
              I just flipped through the section in Sam Jones's book on prepping the hog and he does splay it in half but there is no mention of removing the spinal cord.

              At a whole hog class I went to recently they did recommend removing the cord.

              In Sam's book he explains splitting the hog using a reciprocating saw.

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              • Backroadmeats
                Backroadmeats commented
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                Did they tell you why they recommend removing the spinal chord??yeah it looks gross.. I don't serve it..the only way you could possibly see it is you cut the hog perfectly in half.

              • clb239
                clb239 commented
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                The demo was a half hog so it was easy to get to...I do not remember the reason why they removed it...I have watched some videos on whole hog and did not see the cord removed on them...

                The person doing the class was a whole hog comp cook so some of the prep instructions seemed to be about appearance...
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              #13
              Wcome to the Pit Eli! Keep us posted on your cook.

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              • Donw
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                • Jul 2017
                • 2811

                #14
                Safety? Eating the brain or spinal tissue of any animal exposes you to any number of diseases. Remember “Mad Cow Disease,”, Meningitis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and a host of prion diseases.

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                • Backroadmeats
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                  • Dec 2018
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                  #15
                  Could be Donw .. I have a buddy that usually drinks while I cook the pig. Then after quite a bit of whiskey will eat the eyeball!! It is pretty nasty!!

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