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.

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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 can be cooked to 145 degrees. Wait. What? You mean it’s okay to be pink on the inside? YES! Throw out everything your grandmother told you about cooking pork chops, because it’s no longer relevant. Click here to learn more about today’s temperature guidelines.

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?

Asking us to choose our favorite restaurant is like asking us to choose a favorite child! We can’t choose just one.