How many BBQs do you attend/host on average per year? How many of these have pig roasts? The answer to the first question certainly varies depending on who you ask, but we’d bet dollars to doughnuts that the answer to the second question is most likely always going to be zero.
Therefore, statistically speaking, your life could use more pig in it.
The pig roast is a tradition that goes back millennia, and has lasted this long for good reason. It brings family and friends together for an entire day of cooking and drinking, and ends in a giant feast (so giant that leftovers are almost guaranteed). It’s also something that most people have never experienced in their life, and creating unique experiences is what life is all about.
There are 4 main ways to roast an entire pig:
- Rotisserie (on a spit)
- Concrete pit
- Hawaiian style
- La Caja China Roasting Box
No one way is ideal, they simply vary between personal preference or yard limitations.
Rotisserie/Pig on a Spit
This is what most people think of whenever you mention a pig roast: a pig secured to a rotisserie or spit, slowly rotating over a some heat source until it is evenly cooked. The most challenging part of rotisserie roasting is securing the pig to the spit. Make sure that the pig is securely fastened to the spit by means of wire, nails or clamps if you have to. You can roast the pig over a simple bed of coals and hot rocks, or over a concrete pit, which brings us to our next pig roast option.
Using a concrete pit is a very popular method for roasting pig. It is also a very versatile method, as it can be used for various other cooking and smoking applications as well. They are typically built with cinder blocks, and (for pig roasting) should be at least 4 blocks high and 6 blocks wide. No mortaring is needed with these pits, so they could easily be modified, moved or taken down. The pig is attached to a rack, which is suspended over your heat source (I prefer wood to capture that smoky flavor), and only needs to be flipped once. This can be a sustainable choice and great addition to your barbecuing arsenal, though it requires a bit of yard space.
Hawaiian Style roasting is very similar to the concrete pit idea, only instead of building your pit above ground, you dig one below ground. This style also incorporates hot rocks as a main source of heat, and banana leaves for flavor and moisture. The pit doesn’t have to be too deep, it just needs to be able to fit a layer of hot rocks, and the pig itself. Note: When purchasing your rocks, make sure you avoid any rocks that have been in saltwater, as they are prone to cracking and even exploding. Make sure to wrap your pig in banana leaves, and add a small layer to cover the rocks as well. After you’ve laid the pig on the rocks, be sure to cover it with wet burlap, to keep all of the smoke and heat in.
La Caja China Roasting Box
This last choice is both a method and an actual product. You can certainly build your own “roasting box”, but for the sake of simplicity (and popularity) I am going to refer to the La Caja. The La Caja, or any insulated roasting box like it, allows you to cook an entire pig…in a box. This is easily the simplest and most compact way to roast a pig, though unless you build your own, it can also be the priciest. Like the concrete pit method, your pig goes on a rack (so it can be flipped) and in a pit of sorts, but the difference here is that the heat source is above the pig. You place coals on top of the closed box, which heats up the box and cooks the pig inside. La Caja also has wheels, so it can be moved around during cooking, which is a nice added perk to have.
So there you have it, these are the 4 most popular pig roasting methods around, and you are now familiar with all of them. Now you have zero excuses to attend or host zero pig roasts each year.
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