How to Roast a Pig

Roasting a pig is an all-day project requiring several people to assist. The pig shown here in this example weighs 44 pounds dressed before cooking. The pig roast is on the occasion of Betty Young's New Year's Party, Saturday, December 31st, 2011.

The skin is pierced with skewers to that the basting will penetrate.

The pig is stuffed with vegetables and spices, the spit is inserted (not shown), and the pig is then sewn up with string.

The spit is shown here. Cross pins are installed and the legs are trussed.

After installing the spit on the rotisserie, the pig is basted with cooking oil and sugar at regular intervals and the
fire is tended all day.

The fire temperature is controlled with squirted water.

In the final stage of cooking, the rotisserie is stopped at various positions so the skin will blister.

The pig on the spit is removed from the rotisserie.

The skin is cut off and cut in small pieces to serve as a tasty pupu.

Finally, the meat is carved off the carcass for serving.

Using the Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg is the best barbecue I have ever used. Previously I used a hibachi for small amounts of meat, or a Weber barbecue for larger items. Now I use the Big Green Egg for everything. The Big Green Egg makes barbecuing easy. Just fire it up and when the temperature is at the desired level (350-450 F, generally), put on the meat and maintain the temperature with the adjustable vent.

First, clean the ash out of the bottom of the Big Green Egg using an ash hook designed for that purpose, after stirring the old charcoal
to get all the ash to fall into the bottom of the egg.

Screen the lump charcoal if necessary to get the fines and dust out of it. I used a half inch screen.

Load the screened charcoal into the Big Green Egg.

Arrange the charcoal evenly.

After lighting, replace the grill using the tool made for that purpose. It keeps your fingers clean. Use the starter fuel lumps sold by Big Green Egg for good results.

The grill handling tool can also allow lifting of the grill in case more charcoal is needed.

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