A hog carcass is cut in half and each half is processed separately. A half hog is then divided into primal cuts
(such as the shoulder and the loin). The primal cuts are processed into finished cuts (such as roasts and chops).
If you are ordering a whole hog, it will first be cut into halves and each half will be processed separately.
You have the option of getting the same cuts from both halves or getting different cuts from each half.
There are a couple of options that can affect many cuts in your order.
In a rush? No problem! If you select the Standard Boneless Cuts or Standard Bone In Cuts, you'll receive the most commonly ordered options: shoulder roasts, 3/4" thick pork chops (2 per pack), spare ribs, bacon, boneless smoked and cured ham, plain ground pork, lard, smoked hocks, soup bones, jowl bacon, and the skull for head cheese. Any smoked/cured cuts will be processed using the option you selected above.
Now, let's decide on how you want those primal cuts processed.
Primal Cut: Shoulder
The shoulder is a primal cut that consists of the front leg of a hog. The shoulder is usually processed into two
main cuts: Butt Roast and Picnic Shoulder. You have some options for both of those cuts.
The butt roast is the upper part of the leg. Some common names for the butt roast are: Boston shoulder, pork
butt, and Boston butt. It's a flavorful, well-marbled cut that is often slow-roasted and shredded. Since this cut
can be difficult to slice for servings, some customers simply choose to have the butt roast meat processed into
ground pork. Another option for the butt roast is to have it sliced into steaks, which can be prepared in a
variety of ways.
The picnic shoulder is the lower part of the front leg. Some common names for the picnic shoulder are: shoulder arm picnic,
fresh picnic, picnic roast, or picnic ham. Like the butt roast, the picnic shoulder is flavorful and well-marbled
but can be difficult to slice when prepared as a roast. Some customers simply choose to have the picnic shoulder
Primal Cut: Loin
The loin primal cut is the long muscle along the back of a hog. You can decide if you want this primal cut
processed into pork chops or pork roasts, but you can have only one or the other.
Chops or Roasts
Now it's time to decide between chops or roasts or simply turning the loin into ground pork. Chops are great for
frying. Roasts are better for slow-cooking or oven-roasting.
Pork chops are a very popular option and can be made bone-in or boneless, thick or thin cut.
You can have your roasts deboned, which makes slicing a roast easier. Or, you can leave the bones in, which
can add flavor to the roast.
Primal Cut: Side/Belly
Here's where you can get your bacon and spare ribs. For this primal cut, you can choose between the following:
- Side pork and ribs. Side pork is also known as pork belly and you can roast it
or cure/smoke it to make your own bacon. When you choose this option, you will get the whole pork belly and you
will have the opportunity to cut, cure, pack it any way you want.
- Bacon The bacon will be smoked and cured using the method you chose in the Options
section above. It will be cut, sliced, and packaged into one pound packs, similar to the way grocery-store
bacon is packaged.
Spare ribs can be prepared in a variety of BBQ styles on the grill or in the oven.
If you're more excited about having as much ground pork as possible, opt to have the spare ribs included in your ground pork.
Primal Cut: Ham
The rear leg of a hog is used to make a ham. You can choose between a fresh ham or a ham that has been cured and
smoked. The ham will be smoked and cured using the method you chose in the Options section above. You can also
choose how the ham is cut and sliced.
Any meat that is not part of a cut and is trimmed from the bones will be ground with a small amount of fat. The
resulting ground meat will be about 20% - 25% fat. It will be delivered as part of your order frozen in one pound
packages. You can also choose to have your ground pork deliciously seasoned or made into brats.
All the fat trimmed from your order belongs to you and is a valuable part of the hog. You can render it into
pure lard or use it for other purposes.
In addition to regular cuts of meat, you can get a lot of other tasty items from a hog.
The hocks have a substantial amount of meat and can be used to make delicious soups and stews.
You can use the bones to make delicious soups and broths. Some of the cuts of pork in your order may include
bones. But if you have asked for deboned cuts, you may want to use those bones.
If you are ordering a whole hog, you can choose to include the organs in your order. If you are ordering a half
hog, you can request the organs and some or all of them may be available, depending on how the order for the
other half has been entered.
A hog's head includes several tasty items.
Please carefully review your order first. Scroll back to the beginning of the form and review your choices to
sure you have what you want.
Then click the "Preview your order button below.