Category Archives: About Roasting Pigs

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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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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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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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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