Freddie Hohman doesn't fuss over any special sauces for the whole barbecued pigs he cooks for his customers.

With a hickory log at the back of the fire, "all we have to do is put it on the grill and watch," Hohman, 50, said recently.

From his wheelchair, Hohman, who was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot 28 years ago, used a long rake to slowly spread 40 to 50 pounds of coal over the bed of his 6 1/2-foot-long pig cooker.

When the coals began to glow, he signaled his nephew Dean Hohman, 21 -- the physical backbone of his business -- and another nephew to haul a 100-pound whole pig out of the walk-in freezer and lay it on grill.

"I just babysit it," said Freddie Hohman, who usually guards his smoking pigs with a cold beer in hand, a plug of tobacco in his cheek and a garden hose in case any dripping grease ignites.

About a year ago Hohman introduced barbecued pigs to the takeout fare at his two-year-old Hohman's Shrimp Connection roadside seafood stand, which sits in his front yard on Route 234 south of Aden Road at Independent Hill. He started his business after spending years grappling with his life in a wheelchair.

"He's rehabilitated himself . . . to a businessman," said Andrew Samsky, who has known Hohman for more than 30 years.

Hohman, who refused to work for more than 15 years after he was shot in 1962, said he sells 150 to 200 pounds of shrimp and about 45 bushels of crabs on an average weekend. He sells the seafood raw or cooked in an "old family recipe."

Since last fall, Hohman, who call his barbecuing business a "hobby," has cooked about 14 pigs. Depending on their size, the pigs take 14 to 16 hours to cook and must be ordered five days in advance.

An argument over a raccoon in 1962 led to the shooting that injured Hohman. He and another man got into a dispute, Hohman said, when he wanted the raccoon to train his hunting dogs and the man who owned the animal refused to give it to Hohman as promised. Hohman hit the man. When Hohman turned to leave, the man drew a gun and shot Hohman in the spine.

He spent the next two years in and out of hospitals and in 1966, worked briefly in Manassas. The next 15 years, "I just drank, fished and hunted," said Hohman.

While living off disability payments, Hohman also raised game roosters, which often are used for illegal cock fighting.

"I learned a lot from those game chickens," said Hohman, who trained the birds from his wheelchair by flipping them on their backs sometimes 15 to 20 times in a row. "They've got a determination to live and keep going."

Finally, Hohman, who has had 13 operations since he was shot, decided to make a change.

"I was 41 years old and I wasn't headed anywhere," he said. Hohman said he told himself: "You need to make a move right now or it might be too late."

Hohman said he quit drinking hard liquor and started courting a childhood acquaintance, now his wife, Aldora.

He began working part-time at Crosby's Crab Co., across the street from his home. But after about four years Hohman decided to take his work back across the street and in 1988, set up his front yard business.

"It's a free country," said Andy Crosby. Said Hohman: "The competition is great."

There seems to be plenty of business for barbecued pigs, according to local caterers, who say the demand for whole cooked pigs is on the rise, particularly for outdoor picnics.

"I am amazed at the calls I get," said Frank Cheatham of Hog-n-Claw caterers in Catharpin. "I was actually doing it {cooking hogs} in January."