There are some things I'm good at. Using a saw isn't one of them. So, I don't think I'll be fabricating a hog anytime soon. But I did enjoy watching David Bottagaro do it. A former chef, Bottagaro is currently the National Foodservice Marketing Manager for the National Pork Board.
During a recent trip to Minnesota where I visited Wakefield Pork, Inc, Bottagaro demonstrated a hog fabrication for us. For those not familiar, a hog fabrication involves “breaking down” a half a pig. Big, sharp knives and even bigger saws are needed. I won't go through the entire fabrication process, but here a few pics to give you an idea.
For full-color photos of all pig parts and names of pork cuts, please check out this great resource from Pork, Be Inspired.
How about you? Have you ever done or seen a hog fabrication? Tell us about it the comment section below.