It's About Time Pig Wings Became a Thing

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The New York Times published an article about pig wings yesterday -- a morsel derived from the small fibula bone in a pig's hind shank. The cut, formerly left attached to a ham, has received new attention after the marketing attempts of a few pork producers have spun the pork as a bar snack.

Processors slowly cook the small bone so the meat recedes to one end. What's left is a sort of porcine lollipop, complete with a handle that makes the morsels perfect for dipping. Names like pig wings, carnitas pops and the "Eskimo Pies of pork on a stick" have shown up on bar menus across the country -- including in Dallas.

The Libertine Bar on Greenville Avenue has been selling the bar snacks since they opened. I called owner Simon McDonald to find out his "hog wings" ended up on the menu.

"The supplier suggested them and we thought we could offer a kind of a high-end chicken wing," McDonald told me. The shanks arrive pre-cooked from Farmland Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods (we wrote about Smithfield and their gestation crating here). The kitchen then deep fries the shanks to crisp them up a bit before dousing them in a buffalo chicken wing sauce kicked up with poblano peppers and other spices. A side of Giardinia pickles and blue cheese finished the plate.

I tried Libertine's hog wings late this summer and found them to be strangely appealing. The meat itself is a little lifeless, but the sauces and sides they employ invigorate the shank.

Have you seen pig wings elsewhere in Dallas? Have you tried them? If so, tell us what you think.

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The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

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Adam Wilton
Adam Wilton

Starksy's in Omaha next to Rosenblatt has them and and the "Pig Wing Challenge" 5 lbs of pig wings and 3 lbs of corn nuggets with an hour to eat 

Rjsamson
Rjsamson

Lifeless as in fall off the bone. It's ribs as carnitas with crispy skin and wing sauce. It's no more lifeless than buffalo chicken wing meat is lifeless, which now that I think about it.... Dang. Really though, that's life in general: lifeless without the sauces and the sides.

Mcdonald Simon
Mcdonald Simon

We call them "Hog Wings" too here at The Libertine Bar.  They're definitely one of the most popular items on the menu (especially on Half Price Food night) ! That's why they've never left the menu since we opened.

Your Mom
Your Mom

Cripple Creek BBQ in Athens, TX has been serving them for years.  They call them"hog wings".  Go there, it's worth the drive.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Would like to try them, but id also like to know everyones favorite chicken wing place as well.  Mine is Clicks in North Arlington, giant wings and a wonderful tasty hot wing sauce.  Not too hot but way more than mild.  and an even better value on Sunday when they are on special

MitchW
MitchW

Capitol Pub serves them too, but they're not as good as Libertine's. But I live closer to Capitol, so I eat theirs more often. And I'd like to think my love of pork transcended my love of lethargy. I'm everything that I hate. My whole life is a lie. I don't even know who I am anymore.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Sounds interesting and worth a shot, not digging the pre-cooked part of it though.

I'd like to see what Smoke could do with 'em.

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

I want to try that.  I saw it at the Libertine and got something else instead.  When you say lifeless...  what  do you mean exactly?  Lifeless for pork or less tasty than chicken?

Lrognlie
Lrognlie

Logan's on Beltline serves them.  I like 'em.

Nick R.
Nick R.

There's a "when pigs fly" joke somewhere in here. I'll keep you updated. 

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