How do you order suckling pigs?


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Order fresh or frozen suckling pigs from meat suppliers such as McReynolds Farms, Tender Belly, BuyExoticMeats.com and Exotic Meat Market. Suckling pigs typically range from 10 to 25 pounds. For a party, order 1 1/2 pounds per guest. Pricing varies depending on size.

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Most of the suppliers ship their fresh and frozen suckling pigs fully prepared for cooking with the hair and insides removed. The pigs are shipped packed in ice, so when you order one or more, allow for the shipping time and about 48 hours of thawing time before it is ready to cook.

Once they are thawed, suckling pigs are extremely easy to prepare. A pig of 20 pounds or less fits into a conventional oven, but anything larger needs another cooking method. The best way for crispy skin is if the pig fits flat on its side on a baking sheet lined with foil. If it doesn't, curl it into a baking pan, which makes it a bit more difficult for the skin to brown evenly.

Roast the pig slowly at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, which usually takes about four hours for a 20-pound pig. When the pig's internal temperature is right, quickly cook it at 500 degrees until the skin turns crispy brown.

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