After attending a Whole Hog Barbecue Series cook-off, it’s natural to ask:

  • Where can I get more tasty barbecue?
  • How can I learn to cook whole hog barbecue myself?

We’re committed to making this website a clearinghouse for all the info you’ll need. We’ll be updating this page regularly with tips for barbecue enthusiasts and backyard grillers.

If you have suggestions for other information to include, or have questions for our pork experts, just ask! Email us at info@wholehogbarbecue.com.

What’s the secret to cooking great pork?

A thermometer! Temperature makes a big difference when you’re cooking pork. Whole hog needs to be cooked to at least 180 degrees to make it fall off the bone. Cuts of pork from the grocery store are leaner and need to cooked at a lower temperature. Here’s a handy sheet with cooking temperatures for all the tasty cuts of pork.

How do I cook a whole hog?

The N.C. Pork Council has everything you’ll need to know about hosting the perfect pig pickin’ in one place – how much charcoal, gas, or wood you’ll need, cooking times, and some fantastic recipes for traditional side dishes. This flyer also contains some barbecue basics that every North Carolinian should know.

What are the best barbecue restaurants in North Carolina?

Our friends at the Great NC BBQ Map have developed the most comprehensive guide to the barbecue restaurants in our state. The map highlights whether the restaurant serves Eastern or Western style barbecue (or both), whether it’s cooking whole hogs or shoulders, and other important facts.

BBQ Map