Smoked pig hides and ear treats are available just about anywhere dog food is, however, they can be expensive. Making and smoking your own can reduce the cost and allows you to make treats the right size for your special pooch. With just a few ingredients, you will have homemade pig treats and you don’t need a smoker.
Take the wood chips and soak in a large bowl filled with water for one hour. While the chips are soaking, prepare your pig hide or ears. Thoroughly wash the hide or ears and remove any remaining hair. Pig ears and hides are tough, so you will need a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Cut off any bone that remains attached to the hide or ears. Cut the hide and ear pieces into sizes appropriate for your dog. For example, a large dog may do fine with an entire ear while that ear could make four to five smaller dog treats.
Pull out two sheets of aluminum foil, each about a foot long, and stack them. When the wood chips have finished soaking, place 1 to 2 cups of the chips in the center of the foil. Fold the foil to cover the wood chips. Fold each open end multiple times to ensure the packet is sealed. Using a knife, poke 10 holes on the top of the foil packet. Place this packet on top of the burner shield in your BBQ. Ignite the BBQ and let it heat to 250 degrees F.
Brush each side of the pig pieces with a little olive oil. For added flavor, sprinkle with the chicken or beef bouillon granules. Place the hides and ears on the uppermost rack in your BBQ and let smoke for four hours. Remove with tongs when done and allow cooling.