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Sep 13, 2011 11:04 PM

Where to buy a whole pig?

Hi All,

I'm looking to buy a whole pig - around 50lbs, split in half to roast over coals. Any suggestions where I could get one without paying an arm and a leg? I remember seeing a few old posts with a similar question but can't seem to find it. Thanks!

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    1. I've heard that Costco in Richmond has whole roasters. Don't know how large, if they're split, or fresh or frozen. But wanted to mention this in hopes someone can provide more details.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Woo, Costco, that would be awesome. I'll try calling them today to see if they do. Thanks for the tip! I have a few other calls out to the farms.

        1. I saw them advertised at Costco in Santa Rosa also

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          1. re: sonomajom

            Here's what I've got so far.

            Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Building has it for 4.40/lbs.

            Ranch 99 has 30-35 lbs for $195.

            Costco Richmond doesn't know what I'm talking about but she's going to have the head meat guy call me back.

            I'm surprised Ranch 99 is more expensive than Golden Gate Meats given that it's not organic or anything.

            Golden Gate Meat
            Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: calalilly

              The one from Ranch 99 is cooked for you. It's roasted whole; and they will chop it up into large bite size pieces. It's then assembled back into the shape of the pig. I got one back in June for $185, so it looks like they raised the price slightly.

              Originally, I was going do it all myself, this turned out much to be much more convenient, less work, etc.

              1. re: Dawgmommy

                Interesting. I specifed a raw uncooked pig. I guess it's the same price regardless. My husband is keen on roasting it himself...thinks it will be fun. I think it will be a mess but a fun mess I guess!

                1. re: calalilly

                  Whole pigs are more expensive by the pound the smaller they get, especially when they are in the suckling pig category (+/- 30 lbs). If you know anyone with a business or non-profit license you can pre-order 50-lb pigs from Restaurant Depot for around $2.50/lb.

                  Another option may be trying New May Wah on Clement.

                  New May Wah
                  719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

                  1. re: calalilly

                    There may or may not be a language problem with the folks there.

                    If I remember correctly, the one that I go was maybe just under 2 feet long and maybe a little over a foot wide. I simply didn't have equipment big enough to do it myself. (I wasn't going to dig a pit in my yard.. ;) )So ordering it cooked was just much easier. Everyone was quite impressed when it was presented.

                2. re: calalilly

                  My friend just got a 50-60 pounder from Cheung Hing Restaurant (specifically the Milbrae location). Of course he knows the owner and probably asked for a few favors. They even threw in a large wooden tray to present it on (likely what is used during Chinese celebrations).

                  You will definitely need a Cantonese speaker to ask around for one.

                  We roasted it on a homemade spit... used cinder blocks, 4 bags of charcoal, and a big stick to rotate it on. Came out absolutely fabulous! We basted it with coke. :)

              2. We have bought a couple at Verbrugge on College Ave in Rockridge for pit-roasts and both times were very happy. One was a 35-lber, the other a 70-lber. They need a couple of days' notice.

                Verbrugge Meat-Fish Poultry
                6321 College Ave, Oakland, CA