After watching the Indonesia episode of No Reservations, I've decided to attempt roasting a whole pig in my yard. Building the fire pit seems pretty straightforward. My main question is where to acquire a whole pig (I live in Pittsburgh)? I'm thinking that a 100lb pig should feed about 50 people (it should work out to about 30-40lbs of meat). Getting the thing gutted is required. I was thinking of calling up Wholey's. Anyone have any suggestions? How much might the pig cost me?
Carol and Randy Hawkey in New Alexandria (east, past Monroeville) can probably supply you with a pig. They raise pastured pork on their farm, and process the pigs on the farm as well. I get my chickens, lamb and pork from the Hawkeys, and their product is excellent. Contact them at 724-668-2634.
Wil-den Farms is another place to buy. They have a great product and sell whole hogs. They supply a lot of the better restaurants in town as well. I would plan on a whole pig running somewhere close to $1.50 per pound and being somewhere around 200 pounds. http://www.wildenfamilyfarms.com/