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Smoked Pig Tails

Smoked Pig Tails

Pig tails are seasoned and then braised with aromatics to create a tender skin. After the braise the tails are quickly crisped at high heat and then gently smoked to add another layer of flavor.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 3 lbs pork tails
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 whole onion
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper


  • Season the pig tails with salt and pepper
  • Place the tails in an aluminum pan with the celery, quartered onion and chicken stock. Cover in aluminum foil.
  • Braise the tails at medium heat (275-300F) for three hours.
  • Remove the tails from the braising liquid and quickly crisp the skin over high heat.
  • Move the tails to indirect heat and allow to smoke for 30-45 more minutes.


The braising step is critical for creating a crisp, delicious skin.  This is an incredibly rich cut of pork that has a surprising amount of meat.