Whole Hog Cooking Instructions

10 Easy Whole Hog Instructions! Print Instructions Here


Call us immediately (see emergency #’s below) if you have any problems so we can walk you through the lighting process.

Step 1: Brush a thin layer of cooking oil all over the tray and then line the inside of the tray with tin foil for easier clean-up.

Step 2: Take the hog out of the plastic bag and set it inside the tray with the front shoulder at the tiger torch end – with legs facing downwards.

Step 3: Plug the drain hole at the end of the tray and set a container under the hole as well just in case it drips (plugs can consist of tin foil, rag, potato etc.).

Step 4: Add 2 inches of water on top of the tin foil in the tray with the hog.

Step 5: Light the tiger torch and set it into the hole at the bottom of the BBQ ( DO NOT INSERT THE TIGER TORCH MORE THAN 10 inches, or the flame will suffocate).

Step 6: Adjust the torch valve until the thermometer on the BBQ reaches your desired temperature.

Step 7: Set cooking times and temperatures according to chart provided below (time/temperature are set according to hog size).

Step 8: Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat (the front shoulder and the hind ham) and when your meat thermometer reads 180 Fahrenheit. Your hog is then cooked to perfection.

Step 9: If the hog is finished cooking before your scheduled eating time, turn down the tiger torch until the BBQ temperature reads 150-200 Fahrenheit – to reduce the temperature quicker, slightly prop up the lid of the BBQ to let some of the heat escape – the hog will stay warm and perfectly moist until you are ready to start eating!

Step 10: When you are ready to serve the hog, the tray can be removed so you can place it on the table to carve.

Temperature & Times for Different Size Hogs: 

**one regular-size propane tank will usually be enough to cook your meat, but we highly recommend that you have a second one available just in case **

40-60 LBS250 – 300 F6 – 7 HRS
70-80 LBS250 – 300 F 6 – 8 HRS
90-100 LBS250 – 300 F 8 – 9 HRS
110-140 LBS300 – 340 F 9 – 11 HRS
150-170 LBS300 – 350 F 11 – 13 HRS
180-190 LBS350 F13 – 15 HRS

Cooking Times and Temperatures vary per pig, check your hog after 4-6 hours by inserting a Meat Thermometer in the thickest part of the hog and internal temperature should read 180 Fahrenheitif Hog is ready before you are ready to serve, turn temperature to 170° to keep it warm.

For questions or if you are having difficulty with the cooker, please call:

Office: 204-344-5675

Office Cell (please text if no answer):  431-997-2277

Danny: 204-791-7468 (please text if no answer)


We maintain our Whole Hog Cookers regularly and hope that you will not have any trouble with them, however, should you experience any issues, following these simple steps should resolve them.

Tiger Torch

If you can only get a small flame or no flame out of the torch:

Step 1: try switching to a different propane tank if you have one available, it might be nearing empty or your hose could be plugged

Step 2: if that doesn’t work, then remove the head off the end of the torch and clean the orifice (see illustration here)

RETURNING THE BBQ COOKER: Please return it with the tray cleaned and make sure the tiger torch is inside the BBQ. There is a $25 fee for returning the tray unwashed and $150 fee for lost tiger torches.

Hog BBQ is to be returned no more than 3 business days after Pickup date unless other arrangements have been made with our office.

3 different methods to clean the tray:

  • Soak in hot water and then rinse it out with a garden hose
  • Wash it with a high-pressure washer
  • Scrape it with a metal scraper and then wash and rinse it
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