Forest Hogs - The very best pork

This year we have a mini sampler to try!

Posted on Aug 27, 2020 by Jack McCann
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Genetics Matter

Once a year, we offer our members our Forest Hog. They take longer to raise and we only raise a limited number.

If you want the very best food, the genetics matter. This is as true for carrots as it is for pork.

Our regular pork is a mix of heritage breeds, typically some of the famous Red Wattle mixed with Berkshire. These are SO much better than the grocery store breeds which focus on those 'pink' pigs or if you're lucky an ultra-modern Duroc they claim is 'heritage'.

At TC Farm, we also focus on breed preservation and the American Forest Hog provides some of the best tasting pork due to the special care it requires.

As a lard breed, we hand-feed every day to prevent excessive fat and to encourage flavorful slow growth.

It takes over twice as long to raise a Forest Hog, which will provide half as much food as our regular heritage mixed pork!


The flavor from our Forest Hogs is completely different. The fat is delicate and unbelievably good, the meat is rich and red in color.

Since the ground pork is a little fatty for normal use, we've taken special care to make a Forest Hog version of our 48 hour smoked pork and rosemary brats. These are going to be amazing this year!

As usual, the bacon is out of this world.

New this year, we've also added some smoked back fat (lardo) which may be included in some of the packages. You'll be lucky to get some - cook it up like bacon and fry some veggies in the fat - I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Reserve yours for September today

These packages sell out every year -- I wish we could raise more, but they are a lot of extra work and take a lot of extra dedication!

If you're a member, log-in now and add them to your order today - Search for 'Forest' to find the options quickly.

This year, we have three different options to choose from.

Forest Hog - full sample
This is nearly a quarter share of a forest hog that comes with chops, shoulder roasts, ham roast, bacon (!!), rosemary brats and more (click details below to read more)

Forest Hog - smaller sampler
A smaller sampler with chops, a roast, brats and back fat.

Forest Hog - mini sampler
Want to see what all the fuss is about but not quite ready to take the leap? This is a pack or chops + some brats or pulled pork along with smoked back fat. A great way to get a sense of the taste and know what you've been missing for when we offer our Forest Hog again next year.

Please note: Only members can order these boxes (Waitlist OR full members). You might see and "Add to cart" button below if you aren't a member but that cart doesn't go anyplace. Sorry! (You could always get on our wait list to become a member :) )

Forest Hog - Just Chops

8.35 lbs avg

Box 634

By popular demand

If you just wanted the chops from our amazing Forest Hog, here is your chance. 

Expect mostly premium rib chops, typically 11 

This is a flat rate box, weights vary.

Click to learn about our amazing forest hog

This package is fairly expensive because selling the chops only requires the associated trim of the forest hogs is sold at the price of our amazing, but regular priced pork.

Forest Hog Extra Chops Sampler

15.55 lbs avg

Box 635

The full sample of our famous Forest Hog

A large share of a forest hog:
  • 4 packs of forest hog chops (typically 3 porterhouse or rib chops and 1 sirloin)  (~3lb)
  • Premium Butt Shoulder Roast (~4lb)
  • Smoked ham roast (~4lb)
  • 2 packs Forest Hog bacon (!)
  • ~2-3lbs of ribs and/or Rosemary/WI style forest hog brats (packages with brats will weigh more)

This is a flat rate box, weights vary.

Click to learn about our amazing forest hog

Forest Hog Sampler

9.01 lbs avg

Box 636

Some of the best pork

  • 1 pack of the most amazing rib chop (~0.75lb)
  • 1 pack of forest hog bacon (!)
  • 1 shoulder roast
  • 1 pack smoked pulled pork
  • Some packages with a smaller roast may get a bonus pack of smoked herb back fat (slice and use like bacon fat to cook/fry eggs or veggies)

This is a flat rate box

Click to learn about our amazing forest hog

Forest Hog Smoked Back Fat

1.1 lbs avg

Box 639

Organic herb seasoning

One package of our herb smoked forest hog back fat! 

You can render the entire package at once and store in the fridge to fry your favorite veggies, eggs or potatoes -- or really anything you'd use an amazing flavored fat for. 

We often slice thin and fry in the pan to melt instead of butter or other oils. Then we get some crispy goodness from the fat plus the flavor of the oil to fry whatever we are cooking. 

The seasoning we use is the same as our herb-bacon - no sugar and no celery nitrates, just organic herbs and seasoning.

This is a flat rate box, weights will vary

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