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In reference to Southern barbecue (of which the staple meat is pork), cooking a whole hog, rather than individual cuts such as ribs or shoulders, is as far as it can be taken.

Rather than a simple BBQ serving small cuts which serve comparatively small groups, a pig pickin' (an event at which a whole hog is cooked and served) easily feeds 50 people. Thus its easy to see how going the whole hog means going all the way.

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