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Where to buy a whole, uncooked pig

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Hi everyone,
My friend is renting a spit and wants to roast a whole pig. We called some of our preferred butchers who are asking for $4-6/lb for one. I know they'll provide a quality pig, etc etc but we wanted to see if there might be a less expensive place that would still provide a good pig. Perhaps a wholesale place?

I was hoping someone here might have some ideas.

thanks!

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  1. I bought one at Plaza Meat Market in Astoria but it was cooked. I would imagine they have uncooked as well. Usually decent prices.

    1. Western Beef -- several locations

      1. Go to a local deli that has buffet(like the ones that are owned by Koreans). Ask for a store manager and see if he/she can buy one for you.

        1. They come from two places: Hunt's Point, and a butcher wholesaler in Westchester. Westchester I think is frozen, and Hunts Point fresh. Anyone can special order one, if they have an account with a foodservice that sells meat, but don't expect any great deals because no one just keeps them laying around as far as I know.

          BTW the ones I have seen come in little wooden coffins, always freaks me out a little.

          1. I was at New Public Meat Market in sunset park stocking up for a party and a guy came in and bought two whole pig heads. Other than once refusing to serve me when i arrived at 7:01 (they close at 7) ive only had great experiences with the service and products. Can't imagine theyre getting anything close to 5/lb.

            1. talked to a friend who roasts pigs frequently in NJ- he said most butchers can order on a few days notice. He usually pays $100-200 per (obviously depends on weight). If I were looking, Id go to chinatown or sunset park or other hispanic neighborhood for this. as suggested by others.

              1. The Chinatown suggestion is a good one. I'm not in NY, but here in NJ we have several large Asian supermarkets, almost all with large meat departments. At the one I frequent most, I have on several occasions seen them wheeling in dollycarts of whole pigs.
                Actually, I wouldn't (and don't) buy my pork anywhere else. With a little advance notice, a large Asian market could surely supply you with a whole animal of good quality.

                1. thanks, everyone - these are great tips! i'll let you know what we end up doing

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                  1. re: waxyjax

                    I don't know if you're near Flushing but I've always seen whole pigs hanging from hooks in pretty much every medium/large supermarket in Flushing.