Pig Wings

A very flavorful and meaty piece of pork coming from the shank of the ham Pig Wings are easy to make and taste delicious!

Baking sheet of cooked pig wings on red and white plaid napkin with a small dish of extra bbq sauce

This post is sponsored by Ohio Pork, but all opinions are my own!

All About Pig Wings

If you’re looking for a unique meat to be an appetizer or featured main dish, Pig Wings are memorable and a great conversation piece!

More like a chicken leg than a chicken wing but full of much more meat and flavor Pig Wings are fun to eat! Since pork is a red meat with more marbling it has more flavor than chicken!

These wings are typically pre-cooked and easy to prepare by baking in the oven, deep frying or smoking. Our favorite method is heating them up in 20 – 30 minutes on our electric smoker pellet grill.

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No seasoning needs to be added, but we enjoy brushing on BBQ sauce.

White dish full of easy Pig Wings coated in BBQ sauce

Eating 20 – 30 grams of protein per meal helps fuels your body and may help you feel full longer. Every ounce of pork is full of 22 – 24 grams of protein depending on the cut, so I feel good feeding it to my family.

What Part of the Pig Is Wings?

Pig wings come from the shank or bottom of the ham and consist of tender, dark meat which has more flavor. So essentially pig wings come from the ham cut of meat on the pig.

There is a single small bone running through the center with a small handle sticking out. The handle is nice if you like to pick up your wings to eat.

This piece of meat is also very easy to eat with a fork.

Browned and beautiful smoked pig wings which are the shank of ham with a nice piece of meat and a small bone

Where to Buy Them

We buy pre-cooked Pig Wings at GFS, or Gordon Food Service stores. GFS has carried them for several years.

Sam’s Club will begin selling Pig Wings in July of 2022.

This product is often served at local mom and pop restaurants or as a limited time offering at BBQ Joints or in food trucks.

Once you know what they are, be on the lookout for them to give them a try!

Kids eating bbq pork and smiling on a deck outside with green grass in background

Step By Step Instructions

Read the instructions on the package to confirm that pig wings are pre-cooked.

KC Wild Wings brand seasoned bone-in pork shanks label on wood background

Defrost the package of meat in the refrigerator. Separate wings from each other before cooking.

Using An Electric Smoker

Run through start-up mode and preheat smoker to 250°F.

Set the meat on a clean grate. Insert a temperature probe.

Smoker temperature probe sticking in a pork wing on a pellet grill

Close the lid and cook until the pork wings reach an internal temperature of 140°F.

Electric smoker panel showing 250F temp

Using a Convection Oven

Bake wings uncovered at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes. We baste with BBQ sauce after this, but some people prefer to “finish” or make the coat a bit darker and crispier on a grill or deep fryer.

Baked pig wings on a foil covered baking sheet

Using a Charbroiler or Grill

Grill thawed wings 9 to 13 minutes, turning frequently.

Using a Deep Fryer

Fry thawed wings 2 to 3 minutes in 350°F oil. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • 3 plastic shrink wrapped packages of Pig Wings come in a box from GFS
  • If you’re defrosting all three do so in separate packages (instead of stacking them or leaving in the box together) in the fridge for even thawing
  • Wings weigh about a quarter of a pound each
  • The GFS product is KC Wild Wings Brand Bone-in Pork Shanks
  • Pig Wings come gluten free, just be aware of adding other seasonings or sauces
  • This is a whole muscle cut of meat, so if you have raw pig wings cook them to an internal temp of 145°F
Fork in a pork wing with barbecue sauce dripping off the side on a white plate

More Delicious Pork Recipes:

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut is a classic meal that’s most popular in the skillet.

Crescent Roll Breakfast Pizza is super popular for brunch on the weekends.

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet uses potatoes, eggs, cheese and bacon to make a delicious one dish meal.

Deviled Ham Dip uses simple ingredients to make an old-fashioned favorite appetizer.

Five pork shank pig wings on foil lined baking sheet with clean bone or handle sticking out lightly coated in bbq sauce

Pig Wings

Servings 12 pig wings
Author: Jennifer
A very flavorful and meaty piece of pork coming from the shank of the ham Pig Wings are easy to make and taste delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Pig Wings
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce optional

Instructions
 

Electric Smoker

  • Start-up smoker and set to 250°F.
  • Set pig wings on the grates, insert temperature probe and shut the lid to smoke until meat reaches an internal temperature of 140°F.
  • Remove from the heat and use a silicone brush to apply bbq sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Convection Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake thawed wings, uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 84gCalories: 130kcalProtein: 20gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 480mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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