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Butcher a Pig Diagram

Updated on February 7, 2009

Have you ever wanted to learn how to butcher a pig? Then you've certainly come to the right place.  I scoured Google Image Search for just the right pictures to get the point across.  I think that the pig diagrams below are quite informative.  Have fun!! 

Each piece needs to be handled differently. If you treat the bacon the same as the ribs, you're going to get a poor result.  Ribs, bacon, and ham are pretty self-explanatory.  They are the most common pieces bought in stores, so most people already know how to cook them.  Down below, there are some useful links to sites that teach and show you how to cook the various pieces of the pig.


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      r.j.s. 2 years ago

      they wont eat white potato if it is not pealed.

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      Oink 3 years ago

      They won't eat lemons or limes....

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      Glenn 5 years ago skool on, lerns tospel. turd

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      rick 5 years ago

      In school one learns to spell.

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      Rob 5 years ago

      I can't believe someone asked, "what part of a pig is pork".

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      Kely 6 years ago

      It is DRAW not dram and WHAT not wheat, I am a terrible typer, My apologies

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      Kelly 6 years ago

      I have raised pigs for the past 10 years we butcher and feed our own. Pigs like different things (just as humans do) Some of ours will eat orange rinds some wont, Not many of them will eat banana peels but I have had 1 that would, it is about their own separate likes and dislikes. ALL of mine however would go through the garden and eat my pumpkins and squash. (naughty pigs. :) ). If you dram an imaginary X on their forehead from Ear to opposing Eye and the same with the other side - where the lines meet and cross will be the ideal place to shoot your pig to put it down with one shot. We usually put a little feed down for them and do it while they are eating. Then immediately slit the throat (from ear to ear) to let them bleed out and gut them as soon as possible. Do not let a pig hang as you would a deer, elk or cow, they have white meet so you only need to cool them for 24 hours before you start processing the meat. Also when we butcher them we think about the types of meat We like best and turn more of it into wheat we like rather than following the diagrams. It all depends on if you want a pork loin roast or more pork chops, or neck roasts or steaks, I am more than willing to answer any questions or give any comments to anyone wanting to know more, and If I do not know the answer I love to do the research and experiment with the answers I get. :)

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      Tony 6 years ago

      I started butchering my own pigs last year. The meat is amazing and I really have enjoyed learning to make my own smoked products; sausage, bacon, etc.. So far I have never had a pig that did not drop with one shot from a .22 cal rifle. My son shot the last one and simply aimed for the space center and just above the eyes. Then we cut the throat and hang it. Also, I have to say that the pig is the easiest animal I have ever butchered.

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      john of nc 6 years ago

      aim to the center of eyes, up 1 inch and 1 inch to the right or left and the pig is sure to drop.

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      Common Person 6 years ago

      I can not believe that the majority of you people can not spell or proof read. Amazing.

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      Ed 6 years ago

      Dude... all of your links just take one to advertiseing scams... I get it draw people in with a simple article leaving them wanting more info and give a bunch of links promising more info to get them to go to advertising that you get paid for... At least I know more of what to avoid....

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      Martina 6 years ago

      We have bought a pig at the local fair and my father who grew up in Ireland would love to explain to the butcher how to cut a piece of Irish Boiling Bacon. How would I explain this to the butcher?

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      sydney 6 years ago

      Where is the pork at in the pig? Is it even in a pig? Thanks

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      dale 7 years ago

      how long should the pig age after hanging? thanks

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      johnny 7 years ago

      pigs will not citrus rinds either but im looking for the for sure one shot kill spot precisely in the head

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      esther 7 years ago

      i recently had a pig butchered at a local butcher we did not want pork roast so we has pork steaks instead. however we only got 8 pieces of one half inch cut ham and no bacon they said that with a hanging weight of 150 that there was no way to get bacon and the only other things we got were ribs sausage and pork chops. i realy am having doughts that we got all of our meat back how could i know for sure. of course thay say we did

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      matt 7 years ago

      we feed 13 pigs dropped app. and about 20 pickup loads of pumpkins. break em up 1st.

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      TJ 7 years ago

      I couldn't hardly read any of the terms in the top diagram. Not very helpful when you actually need to know those terms.

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      joe 7 years ago

      are pigs eat brussel sprouts they wont touch pumpkins thou

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      Brad 7 years ago

      Try feeding brussel sprouts to your pigs, bet they wont touch them. That is the only thing we found they wont eat.

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      katier 7 years ago

      Butchering with a 22 mag is easier when you have someone to distract the pig so it looks up at you. The heart is just like the humans. And pigs are scientifically proven smarter than primates. 6 months old and they are ready to go. If you want quality, homegrown, delicious pork. Grow it yourself. Easy to take care of as long as you have water and feed there for them. They eat anything, I know we feed them apples and dried cherries. Along with lettuce, tomatoes, and ect.

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      jeff 7 years ago

      if you go to your local butcher you can order a whole side of just belly

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      mike 7 years ago

      okay, i like wrok

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      Paul 8 years ago


      Sorry to bother you but could you help me in anyway on this matter please.

      I used to work in provisions shop in the 70's and we used to have sides of pigs brought in each week and i used to cut them for bacon,like slipper,longback,streaky,ect,and had the hock and gammon.would i need to buy a side of the pig or belly to get the items that i mensioned please,i cant remember which one it is i need,i intend to cut my own bacon and joints fron it but i need to know what part of the pig it is.I would be very gratefull if you could tell me this.

      Yours sincerely