Carolina Pig Cookers

| February 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

REVIEW:  When you’re serious about your outdoor grilling and cooking, take a look at Carolina Pig Cookers.

Review:  Carolina Pig Cookers
Product:  Pig Cookers
Location:  Sanford, North Carolina

Yeah, we’re a bit prejudiced with this one; after all, it’s in the family.  Still, I do hope you will check them out and see for yourself why Taste of Southern considers this to be the absolute BEST cooker you’ll find anywhere around.  I’ll tell you my reasons for giving them such high ratings.  Here’s the story.

My one and only, older brother, has spent most all of his career in the grocery store business.  At one point, he owned a total of four stores in various cities around North Carolina.

When he opened his grocery store in Apex, North Carolina, he started selling whole pigs to customers that wanted to have a pig picking.  One thing sort of led to another, and before long, he was renting and selling these Carolina Pig Cooker grills.  He also loaded up the store with all varieties of BBQ Sauces, Rubs, and those big cans of vegetables people use for catering and such.  It wasn’t long before he became known as “Your BBQ Headquarters” and he promoted his store as just that.

As the pig cooker business grew, I developed a website for both the store and then for the cookers.  I also designed and printed various flyers, brochures and business cards for both.

It was while I was doing research on pig cookers over the internet, that I really began to see the big difference in these cookers and the other ones that were on the market.  Then, when I started taking pictures for the brochures and gathering information for the website, it just further proved the point…this was one great cooker!

I visited lots of other websites, compared quality, compared construction and compared prices.  I just never found anything else that I liked any better.  I felt our cookers were better made and were at a much better price.  I was glad that I was going to be designing a site for our cookers instead of trying to make a lesser cooker… look better.

Yes, you can find a cheaper cooker if that’s what you’re looking for.  But seriously, I don’t think you’ll find a better deal for the price.  And, I fully encourage you to do the same thing I did.  Search around, in person, or on the internet and see for yourself.  Then you’ll be ready to call Carolina Pig Cookers.

Over the years, my brother would have various promotions and celebrations at his store.  He loved promotions.  Most of the time, he’d pull out a cooker and cook up some pig.  He’d sell sandwiches for .88 cents, or as he did most of the time, he’d just give them away for free.

I helped him more than once as we stood side by side, making BBQ sandwiches as fast as we could, complete with Cole slaw, and handing them out to the long lines of people waiting.  It would go on non-stop, for hours and hours, until we ran out of product.  It was tiresome, but fun.

Mr. Gordon, as we all affectionately call him, retired from the grocery store business around 2008.  He turned the sales of the cookers over to his son Scott, my nephew.  Scott loves to talk about the cookers and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

So, I’ll not go into a lot of comparisons and other things here.  As I mentioned, I might be a little biased on this one.  Instead, let me point you to the website I created and still run for them, and you can just go look around for yourself.  I hope you will agree.

Visit and take a look at all the hard work, information that I’ve posted on their site.  We’ve got lots of pictures and descriptions, and all the pricing information you’ll need to compare our cookers to all the rest.  I think you’ll like what you see, and when you’re ready, give my nephew, or my brother a call.  They’d love to talk with you.

You know you want one!

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Be Blessed!!!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated in any way for this totally biased review of Carolina Pig Cookers.  Unless you consider having partook of a fair amount of BBQ cooked on these cookers over the years as compensation.  In that case, I’m guilty, but it sure was good!!!   (Smile)


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Award Winning Food Preservationist, Fisherman, Author of three cookbooks. "From Mama's Big Oval Table, From Mama's Big Oval Table - BOOK TWO and Carolina Christmas Sweets and Appetizers." Online Contributor to Our State Magazine Newsletter.

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  1. j.d.hart says:

    I have read every thing Steve has written I can find including the 2013 Charlotte pig roast,and have seen nothing about the actual cooking of the Pig,I am interesting in the Temp and time for a whole pig that would dress out about 90 lbs. by the way the Charlotte was beautiful!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi J.D. Thank you for your comments and thank you for taking the time to read our posts. Charlotte was tiresome, but fun, and I really hate I didn’t get more about cooking a pig that I could add to Taste of Southern. As you may know, my brother sells the Carolina Pig Cookers grills and I stay after him all the time about doing a video on how to actually cook a pig on one of them. I think I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve tried several times to do it and once the pig gets done and he starts chopping it up, we get too busy to finish the video and pictures. Next thing we know, it’s all over with.

      Using one of our grills, we cook “Low and Slow.” We normally cook a 100-120lb dressed pig at 250 degrees. We do cook with gas and I know that statement can stir up a lot of controversy as many folks think it’s practically a sin to make BBQ by cooking with gas. I’ll wait for the comments on that one.

      We place the pig, skin side down on the grill, close the lid and pretty much forget about it for the next 7-8 hours. Sometimes, we’ll raise the lid long enough to “mop” the pig with our vinegar based sauce and check the temp of the meat as it gets close to being done but that’s about all we do. We do not poke holes in the skin so the fat can drain out. My brother will usually scoop up any fat that has accumulated in the rib area and save it to add it back into the BBQ after he’s chopped it and mixed it with sauce.

      There are so many variations on how to cook pig on the Internet. Everyone has their own style and way of doing it. This is just what we do and what seems to work for us. I hope you checked out his website at and took a look at his grills. We think they’re among the best that you’ll find anywhere around.

      Thank you for your question. I appreciate your visits and hope you’ll keep checking back for that “recipe” on how to cook a whole pig. I’m going to get it done one day. Do visit with us again. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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