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Boneless Pork Roast

If a whole pig roast is too much for you to undertake, how about a boneless pork roast? You can slowly cook it on a spit (rotisserie), in your Brinkman smoker, or even in your oven. Slowly smoking a boneless pork roast is likely the best flavored way to prepare it (of course that is my bias showing!), but there are other delicious ways to prepare it as well. If you are smoking it, try to keep the temperature of …

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Spit Roast BBQ

By Jim Smith Having a spit roast barbeque is a spectacle for your guests. Even though I am partial to roasted pigs, one of my favorite spit roast BBQ’s was a steamship round. Some neighbors invited us to the backyard event and we could see the massive beef from afar. It was slowly cooking and the designated roaster stood by with tools ready. He would mop the beef with a “secret sauce” to keep it moist and flavorful. Every so …

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Spit Roast Catering Events

A pig roast is a lot of work so hiring a spit roast catering company can be an attractive alternative. A pig cooked on a spit can be a spectacular sight for guests and having the event catered makes it appealing to the host as well as the guests. Of course for us do-it-yourself kinds, farming the chore of cooking the pig seems like it is cheating. But every year, as our event gets bigger and bigger, there is a …

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A Whole Pig Roasted In The Ground

My pig roast events generally are a variation on slowly smoking and roasting the pig for 20-24 hours laid out on a grill over oak wood. It entails tending the fire all night and all the next day — a major task for all involved. I had a bright idea of how much easier it would be to dig a hole start a massive fire for coals, wrap the pig in burlap bags, and dump the pig in the hole …

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“A pig roast is a pig roast whether rain or shine”

Each time we have a pig roast, I put a statement in the invitation that it will be held “rain or shine”. For this summer’s pig roast (2012), it was put to the test. It was raining the night before while we were starting the cooking process. And it poured just as we finished serving when everyone was sitting down to eat. I’ll share some tips we’ve learned over time on how to prepare for that “just in case” chance …

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Another Successful Pig Roast – July 2012

July 28, 2012 — Another annual pig roast has come and gone. It was a wonderful success even though we got a major rain storm as guests sat down to eat. To the right is a very brief video someone (thanks Mike!) took of the processional march from the pig cooker to the carving table. We started the pit fire around 4pm, the day before the event. The skies opened up and it was pouring rain which made it a …

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Side Dishes: Pasta Salad at a Pig Roast

One of our more popular side dishes we offer at our annual pig roast is a large bowl of pasta salad. We make it with lots of veggies so even the closet vegetarians have something delicious that they can enjoy. We use the multi-colored fusilli pasta (known in our family as curly-cue pasta). I use a huge pot to cook 4-5 bags of pasta. Plan on it taking a looong time to get that large of a pot to boil! …

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Does a Roasted Pig Really Need a Pedigree

What type of pig should you roast? How should you pick out a pig? Does it need papers? As with most pig roasters, when we first started roasting whole pigs, we would simply find a local farmer who raised pigs and trust his judgement. And we got good results that way. Some pigs were fattier than others but overall, we never went wrong letting our local farmer select one for us. However a few years ago I stumbled across a farmer …

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Pig Marinade — A Mop Recipe

A roast pig can be enhanced by wiping a concoction of goodies over it every hour or two. You will need a lot of it and the nastier it looks, the better it will likely taste. It is called a “mop” because that is literally what you do — you mop it on the pig. I use a small  and make the mop mix in a large pot from the kitchen. I chop the handle down but you may want …

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Slowww Roasted Whole Pig — Yum!

If you have the patience, a pig that has been slowly roasted over a low bed of smokey coals is the best way to create an unforgettable event! It requires a rotation of “pig sitters” because this pig will be slowly cooked for about 24 hours. Here’s how we did our slow-roasted pigs. We dug a pig pit in the back yard that was not much bigger in width and 3 foot bigger in length of a good-sized pig (between …

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