Underused Pork Cut – Meet the Pig Wing

Essentially a pork shank, the pig wing is cut from the fibula of the pig. Serve deep fried, accompanied by a cold beer.
By Mandy Baca

What do you do in a world littered with bad ‘if pigs could fly’ jokes? Make pig wings, of course.

What is a pig wing? Pig wings, hog wings, ham hocks, call them what you want. The pig wing, as we know it today, surfaced a mere years ago and made especially popular last year in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation. Although still rare, they can be found in small pockets all across the country. A quick Google search lists the following as the most popular makers of the almighty pig wing: The Federal (Miami, Fl), Jake’s Place BBQ (Bixby, OK), Chuck’s Bar B Que (Clarkesville, GA), The Libertine Bar (Dallas, TX), Cripple Creek BBQ (Athens, TX), Old German Beer Hall (Milwaukee, WI), Bad Wolf Bar B Q (Roanoke, VA), Bridge House Tavern (Chicago, IL), Memphis Mae’s (Croton-Hudson, NY), Mac’s Speed Shop (Charlotte, NC).

You could also make them yourself, at home. Essentially a pork shank, the pig wing is cut from the fibula of the pig. In regards to size, pig wings are more comparable to turkey legs than to the tiny chicken wings. Just as tasty, the meat on the particle part of the pig’s body is lean, flavorful and versatile. You can prepare a pig wing in the same way that you would a chicken wing- deep fried, coated in sauce and served in bleu or if you’re feeling adventurous, get experimental in the kitchen with smoky rubs or a new grilling technique. Highly underused and extremely flavorful, the pig wing breathes new air for nose to tail cooking.

The pig wing’s favorite sidekick? A cold pint of beer.

Photo Credit: The Federal Miami

8 Comments
  1. This is one featured item I sampled at the Indy 500 this past week. Sold by Rob’s Rib Shots with his Gormet BQ Sauce was great and tastey

  2. If your ever in Sedona, AZ, Creekside Cafe has the best piggy wings I’ve ever had. Always need to eat there twice when I’m traveling thru. Once for wings and once for their duck confit, to die for!

  3. Looking for a local Pig’s Wings retailer in Tulsa, OK.
    Wanting to buy raw wings to try my recipes on.
    Thanks!

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