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Old December 9, 2006, 02:45 PM   #1
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Small hogs...

Does anyone out there know how to remove hair like they do on the hogs they have at butcher shops? We have a bunch of 60-70lb pigs (YUMMY!!!) on the local golf course, and I got permission to trap them. Some will go to the local homeless shelter, which I will butcher and deliver, and some I plan on keeping for me. I was wanting to smoke one, and figured if I could keep the skin on, it would keep them from drying out.
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Old December 9, 2006, 02:58 PM   #2
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Hot, hot, hot, hot H20

When I used to live in the farm with my family. We used to have to buncher our own chickens and sometime hogs. We would use hot water to remove the hair out of them. Pure the hot boiling water onto the hair and start scraping it away.

Where are you locate it? If you are in CA I would be happy to help ya out!

Good luck with it..

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Old December 9, 2006, 03:08 PM   #3
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I'm in Corpus Christi TX. That's a long drive! Thanks for the info. Does it scrape fairly easy? I recall doing that to chickens...I used to raise them when I was in FFA in High School.
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Old December 9, 2006, 07:02 PM   #4
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The best way is to have a pot big enough to dip the pig in. We used to use the tractor to hang a big hog and we had a huge pot that we built a fire under and would dip the hog in whole.

I smoke a lot of small wild hogs, but we skin them. I just wrap the quarters in foil after the outside is nice and dark. No problems with it drying out.
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Old December 10, 2006, 01:17 AM   #5
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I have a friend who go all the way to Corpus Christi to do deer and hog hunt with his relatives. Hot water always does the trick with farm raised hog. You may have to scrap it hard with the wild hogs. I would make sure the water is not cool cause it would be tough to remove it once the skin is cool.


Good luck and have tasty meal!

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Old December 11, 2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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Scald them with hot water and scrape the hair with a large, rather dull knife.
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Old December 12, 2006, 12:18 AM   #7
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I have heard about people having good luck with a pressure washer. With smaller pigs I allways have good luck just skinning them out. Last time we had some small ones we gutted them and let em hang. Then skinned them and used a sawzall. The little pigs fit perfect on my wood/coal charbroil grill.
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Old December 12, 2006, 02:06 AM   #8
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My buddy the one that go to Corpus Christi used to skin the hogs as like deer. Personally, I like the skin on. I have never heard of using pressure washer, but I bet it a mess trying to clean up the hair afterward.
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Old December 12, 2006, 03:30 PM   #9
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CastnBlast,

You can have it skinned before the water starts to boil. If you want to keep the piggy moist and tender in the smoker, Season the meat with what-ever you like and smear some of your favorite jelly all over him.(I use marichino cherry juice) Put him in your smoker for about 1 1/2 hours, then take him out and roll him in aluminum foil, and return him to the smoker to slow cook. The foil will keep the meat tender and moist, and will still give it that smoked flavor.

This is making me hungry.
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Old December 12, 2006, 03:48 PM   #10
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Piggy Hair

We used to hang them up with a singletree to both hind legs and lift them up with a block and tackle, lower them down into very hot barrel of water, lift them out and scrape off the hair with butcher knives.

Deerhides nailed to the side of the barn, fat and flesh scraped off, salted and dried hanging there I put on the ground and covered the hair side with a mush of wood ashes and water, rolled them up a few days and then scraped the hair off easily. Ought to work on Miss piggy's fur coat.
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Old December 12, 2006, 03:51 PM   #11
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You are making me hungry!!!
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Old December 12, 2006, 08:17 PM   #12
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Thanks guys. Looks like too much work to scrape, not to mention time. I'll stick w/ my usual, quarter em up & smoke 'em good. Trap is set tonight...hopefully the little porkers show up for their last dinner !!!
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Old December 13, 2006, 01:13 PM   #13
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Nair works good.
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Old December 13, 2006, 01:43 PM   #14
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It works on my brother in law's girlfriend, so why not a hog??? I'm glad you brought that up

I should've thought of that...
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Old December 14, 2006, 12:30 AM   #15
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There is this thing roofers used to heat up the tar with propane torch. It work great with deer to get rid of ticks and am sure it would do wonders with porks...

Good luck with your venture and post some pic!

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Old December 14, 2006, 03:05 PM   #16
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Ya, know, I think santa needs to get me a digital camera...
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Old December 14, 2006, 05:30 PM   #17
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YEs! the roofing torch. It puts out a low heat yellow flame about 3' round.
would work perfectly.

I used on in New Hampshire to clean the ice off the driveway.
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Old December 16, 2006, 09:03 PM   #18
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Where in The Republic of Kalifornia are you at, Rugged? Wondering if I was the only Kalifornian here.. lol
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Old December 17, 2006, 06:36 PM   #19
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I'm just glad to know there actually are normal people in California who own guns...I always thought you guys were all vegetarians and tree huggers ...

Just kidding...a little...
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Old December 18, 2006, 03:02 AM   #20
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I have not yet met Dumocrate whos own gun. We are endanger breed here.. lol
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