Here Piggy Piggy Piggy
So where in the naked city can one get a whole smoked pig? I called around town using Gary's (with one r) site Pigtrip, which lists the BBQ joints in the city for my starting point and worked my way from there. Pigtrip saved me an enormous amount of time and weeded out many of the pseudo 'que places listed under BBQ in the phone book.
If you're a restaurant owner or a pitmaster and you serve whole smoked pig, and by some chance I missed your place, please let me know.
I have not included caterers in my list. I would assume that just about every BBQ caterer can provide you with a whole smoked pig. But don't assume anything. ASK. I was surprised by the responses of some of the places I called where I assumed they would cook whole pig. And you know what happens when one assumes don't you?
As promised, here's the list of the barbecue joints that sell whole smoked pigs. Let me be clear here, all of the bbq joints listed require advance notice when you want a whole pig; you can't just walk in and take one home. As far as I can tell, only Daisy May's has a whole pig on the menu; everywhere else you'll have to ask for it special.
So if you're craving whole smoked pig in two days or so, try any of the following...
- Blue Smoke (212) 447-7733
- Bone Lick Park (212) 647-9600
- Daisy May's BBQ USA (212) 977-1500
- Johny Utah's (large parties only) (212) 265-8824
- RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ (212) 524-4300
- Spanky's BBQ (212) 575-5848 (You must talk to the catering department)
- Wildwood BBQ (212) 533-2500 (The picture above is courtesy of my good friend and NYC pitmaster at Wildwood Matt Fisher. This pig was served recently to some very happy people at Wildwood. You can read about his life in the world of Q on his blog.)
- Char No.4 (718) 643-2106
- Fette Sau (718) 963-3404
- Three Brother's Butcher (Take out only.) (718) 224-7753 (Tell them I sent you)