IF I have the space and money I prefer to purchase my meat in bulk at the butcher shop. This entails having $100- $300 to spend and a mostly empty freezer. Previous trips I have paid $1.59 a pound but as pork is going up this time I was very happy to only pay $1.75 a pound. And you don’t want to do this on a very hot day or you need several coolers, the meat is frozen but smaller packs of bacon might thaw.
At the butcher shop they will show you the sheets for the meat they have available. This shows how the meat is broken up, the hanging weights, what is smoked and the final cost.
Mine went like this the last time:
Hanging Weight #147
Chops 4 in a package
Smoked Ham and Steaks
Fresh Picnic Ham
Steaks 2 in a package
This time my pig was cut into a 5lb pack of spare ribs, 10 1-1 1/2 lb packs of bacon, 8 huge ham steaks, 2 5 lb + fresh picnic hams, 5 packs of pork steak 2 1/2lb +, 26 1lb packs of sausage, 2 smoked hams around 4 1/2 lb each, and 7 packs of pork chops around 3 1/2 lbs each.
Usually I try to get my pig around 90-100 lbs. This one is the largest I have ever had and getting it into the freezer was a bit challenging!