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Pig Wings SE Michigan

goatgolfer | Dec 7, 2011 01:25 PM

After seeing pig wings as a "new" food on several food shows I did a search for them in SE Michigan. I only found two responses: Vintage Tavern - Port Huron and Rub BBQ - Detroit. So, off to the Port. This is not a review of the VT but the setting is quite nice.

Pig Wings are the pork shank most bottom bit (just above the hoof) partially cooked and one of the leg bones removed. They are about 3 oz of meat with a bone handle. Then the resto finishes the preparation. In this case they were re-heated in the sauce on the stovetop.

Other shank dishes I have had (Osso Bucco as the main) have made the meat fall off the bone tender. These pieces were slightly breaded and ultimately came off the bone with a distinctive chewiness to the meat. In this case they were covered in a sweet BBQ sauce and overall gave a feeling of being underdone due to lack of tenderness. The server confirmed they were chewy when she previously sampled them but couldn't comment on whether they were always like that.

I had very high hopes of bite sized porko bucco snacks but not in this preparation. I understand that pig wings is a trademarked product and that there may be other names for them that may also be prepared more braise-like.

So, using the power of the people and CH in particular, if you have seen this dish around please let the hounds know so we can give it a go. And, if you have seen them in a butcher shop, even better.

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