How do you learn to butcher a pig? Justin Brunson used YouTube

When the creators of YouTube launched the website in 2005, they might have predicted the success of videos like Psy's "Gangnam Style" and the parodies that followed, the funny cats and even all the flash mobs.

But I bet they couldn't have guessed that one day Justin Brunson, chef-owner of Old Major, would use it teach himself the skill that's at the heart of his packed nose-to-tail restaurant. "I taught myself on YouTube to butcher hogs," admits Brunson. "If I screwed up, I always figured out a way to use it."

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He found hundreds of pig-butchering videos on YouTube, Brunson says, and probably watched all of them.

I've known many people who learned to do things on YouTube, like soccer dads who picked up soccer drills for seven-year-olds and kids who learned to knit. I hope Brunson's first attempt was more successful than their early endeavors, given the fact that his initial pig-butchering foray was on display for fifteen chefs at Fruition Farms. (How's that for pressure?)

Find out how his skills have progressed when my review of Old Major is posted here tomorrow.

In the meantime, keep reading for a sampling of pig-butchering videos currently on YouTube.

Here's a video on How to Butcher a Pig: Head to Tail.

Here's Jeffrey Ruhalter on how to butcher a pig:

And here's one on Butchering a Wild Pig!

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