Author Archives: Jim

Pig Roast Utensils and Tools

There are several utensils that I’ve picked up over time and found to be useful for a pig roast (and a few useless ones too :-)  ). In other articles I’ve talked about the convenience of having a reliable digital thermometer, a cotton mop to swab the pig with, and a few other items. I’ll list those here as well so it is all in one place but feel free to follow those links to read more if desired. Below …

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Pig Roast Side Dishes – Baked Beans

Skip down to Bean Pot equipment… Skip down to Baked Beans recipe… One of my favorite side dishes to serve at a whole pig roast is baked beans. They just seem to go together perfectly! And with an authentic bean pot (more on a bean pot later) and a great recipe (I’ll share my baked bean recipe below), the beans will be a big hit. As you can almost taste in the photo to the left, baked beans just seem …

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The Meat Thermometer I Use For Pig Roasts

The meat thermometer I’ve found to work best for pig roasts is a small wireless one. I got my  from Amazon for around fifty bucks. It has several features that come in real handy for a pig roast that I will point out later in this article. Meat Thermometer Description First a description of the thermometer. It is actually 2 thermometers in one unit — one for the meat and the other for the smoker. It has 2 probes. One …

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Fresh Horseradish Recipes and Sides

In a previous article, I told how to make your own fresh horseradish sauce and promised some horseradish recipes to come. If you like horseradish sauce and have not had the fresh stuff, try it! You will be astounded with the difference between store-bought jars of sauce and the flavor treat of homemade! Here are some horseradish recipes and ideas on how to use some of that special flavor explosion. Offer a little bowl of fresh horseradish sauce beside a …

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Fresh Horseradish Sauce (So Hot… So Good!)

A pig roast can be even better when you offer a bowl of homemade fresh horseradish sauce. But just because I don’t have a whole pig around the house today doesn’t mean I shouldn’t make some fresh horseradish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseradish). First, if you enjoy those little bottles of horseradish from the refrigerated section of your grocery store but have never tried it fresh, you are in for a real treat! And it is easy to make if you have a food …

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What To Bring To a Pig Roast

Knowing what you should bring to a pig roast can be a challenge. Of course you can ask your host and hostess what they would like. But if they respond like I do (“We’re all set… just show up!”), you won’t get anywhere with that. And of course, any self-respecting host of a pig roast is likely going to have more food than any small army can possibly devour in an afternoon. But I know there are some folks who …

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Hey, The Pig’s On Fire!

July 28, 2013 — Here are words you never want to hear when you have been cooking a whole pig over a bed of embers or on a Caja China Roasting Box for 20 hours and you have a back yard filling up with hungry friends and neighbors… “Yer pig’s on fire!!”. But it happened. It was a nice warm July weekend for the party. Guests were nibbling on chips and snacks, eagerly awaiting for the time that the pig …

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More Than One Way To Skin a Pig

A reader here mentioned she and her husband were looking forward to their first pig roast. Then she said that the butcher was going to skin a pig for them. Now that got my attention. I’ve never had, or been to a pig roast where the pig was skinned. I asked her for a report including photos to share when it was done. She did so and here are some photos and her notes. Click any photo to enlarge it. …

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Pig Roast Chili for Superbowl

I am writing this on Superbowl 47 (Feb 3, 2013). On Superbowl Sunday’s, we typically make up a big pot of chili and this year is no exception. It is extra hearty this Superbowl because I found a large ziplock bag of leftover smoked pig in the freezer from our summer pig roast to add to it! Yum… Pig Roast Chili for Superbowl! For the chili base, I used a couple of cans of good whole tomatoes chopped, two small …

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Spit Roast Hire

I had an email from an Australian reader asking about a “spit roast hire”. A spit roast is a term used for a roasted pig or other meat on a spit or rotisserie and a spit roast hire is the rental of a spit and possibly a caterer as well.  Just to clarify, in the US, the term is “spit roast rental” rather than “spit roast hire”, but either way you say it, here are some tips. If you are looking for a spit …

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