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Smoked Whole Pig

This simple approach to a whole smoke roasted pig is a great way to cook your first whole hog!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time7 hours
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time9 hours
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Whole Roasted Pig
Servings: 30 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 1 35 pound whole pig cleaned


  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Mop Sauce

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 1
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes


  • Prepare your pig for smoking by cutting through the backbone, cutting the ribs away from the backbone, and removing any excess silver skin from the ribs and interior cavity. Use a sharp knife to trim away some of the skin away from the hams and shoulders.
  • Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F for indirect cooking. Use a mild hard wood like apple or hickory.
  • Combine all of the injection ingredients in a large bowl. Using a syringe injector, inject the liquid into all areas of the pig.
  • Place the pig on your smoker and close the lid. Smoke for 1 hour before opening the lid.
  • Make the mop sauce by combining all of the ingredients. Mop the sauce on the pig once very hour until the internal temperature of the hams reach 165 degrees F.
  • Use heavy duty foil the tightly wrap the pig and tuck the ends of the foil around the edges of your pig.
  • Close the lid of your smoker and continue cooking until the internal temperatures of your shoulders read at least 195 degrees F and your hams are about 185 degrees F if you want some sliced/chopped pork. If you want to be able to shred your whole pig, cook until your temperatures in the shoulder read at least 200 degrees F and your hams read 195 degrees F.
  • Turn off your smoker and allow your pig to rest for at least an hour (still wrapped in the foil) before slicing, pulling, and serving.



Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg