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Guinea Hog Pork

guinea hog sausageWhen considering the America Guinea Hog (AGH)  for the  homestead and/or table, people frequently ask the following questions:
  • What does American Guinea Hog pork taste like?
  • How much pork can I get from one American Guinea Hog?
What Does AGH Pork Taste Like?
  • American Guinea Hog meat is delectable with a hearty flavor profile. 
  • The fat is a creamy, melts-in-your-mouth delight!   
Bite into a freshly-cooked AGH pork chop  and you will encounter morsels of crisp, yet succulent fat and layers of  luscious, tender meat.  AGH pork is  often described as sweet and buttery.   It is moist and tender—even when reheated.
The American Guinea Hog is a lard hog that produces extraordinarily-flavored pork suitable for traditional cuts and enough fat to create excellent charcuterie!
How Much Pork Can I Get From  One American Guinea Hog?
  • AGH vary in size and build — even among litter mates.  
  • This size variation impacts the amount of pork produced by each individual hog.  
  • On average, one can expect to harvest 50-65% of the live hog weight when choosing traditional cuts.  
  • The percentages increase when more of the hog is used (i.e., bone broth, scrapple,  head cheese, jowl bacon, etc.)
Here is a tally of what was harvested from one, large, 230-pound AGH: 

AGHA pork

Bacon – 15 lbs., 4 oz.
Jowl Bacon –  4 lbs., 8 oz.
Soup Bones – 7 lbs., 9 oz.
Chops – 14 lbs., 6 oz.
Hams, Whole – 19 lbs.
Ham, Pieces – 4 lbs.
Ham, Steaks – 14 lbs., 15 oz.
Liver – 2 lbs.
Loin Roast – 8 lbs.
Picnic Roast – 8 lbs.
Sausage – 25 lbs.
Shoulder Steaks – 8 lbs.
Hocks, Smoked – 3 lbs. 4 oz.
Spare Ribs – 4 lbs. 
Fat for Rendering – 22 lbs. 12 oz.
Head for Broth – 9 lbs.
Total:  174 lbs., 12 oz. = approx. 75% of live weight
NOTE:  Many choose to butcher younger, smaller hogs. The yield ratio is proportionate.