Cooking your own Hog Roast
Cooking your own hog is not only a fun way to prepare your food it is also an easy way to feed a lot of party guests.
- Rotisserie or Deep Grill
- 80 Pound Hog
- 80 Pounds of Hardwood Lump Charcoal
A rotisserie or deep grill can be obtained at a restaurant supply store, and a pig from your local butcher or pig farmer. The pig should be butterflied, this means to have the spine cut in half but leaving the hog together. These things should be seen to at least a week before you are planning on having your party. You will need about 1.5 pounds of meat per person. So an 80 pound hog should feed 50 to 60 people, this is hanging weight, which is after the pig is butchered and cleaned. It is also a good idea to pick up your pig the day you are planning on preparing it because it may be a problem trying to store a whole hog. You should use hardwood lump charcoal because it burns slower.
Trim the Hog
Season the Hog
Lay your hog out on your table. Trim your pig by removing any unwanted tissue or organ meat. You can also season your meat, this can include injecting the meat with an injector, which are available in the cooking section of the store, and/or a dry rub. Be sure whatever seasoning you decide on you include salt. It is also a good idea to have a prepared spray bottle of apple juice handy to baste the hog about every 30 minutes. Now attach your pig to the rotisserie or grill. You can use plain wire to help attach the pig to the grill.
Cooking the Hog:
6 to 8 Hours Cooking Time
30 minutes to Rest the Hog
For the first three hours flip your pig every 30 minutes ending with it on its back. If you are using a rotisserie it will do the work for you. Also be checking your charcoal, place about 5 to 10 pounds of new charcoal in every hour. It will take the pig about 6 to 8 hours to become a juicy, tender, flavorful piece of meat. Let rest 30 minutes.
Some sides that would be great to have would be soft rolls or buns, Cole slaw, roasted corn on the cob, or baked beans.
Don’t fancy cooking your own hog roast?
Cooking your own hog roast is a challenging and very rewarding experience when it goes right but it’s also a very long process and not for beginners in the kitchen. If you’re looking to host a hog roast you can find a hog roast catering company in Grantham