If you don’t know what a hog roast is, by the end of this feature you’ll be clambering to buy our hog roast machine for sale so you can whip up your own mouth-watering slow-cooked pork!
A hog roast is an event or gathering which involves the barbequing of a whole hog, slowly, at a low temperature for a long duration of time, typically between five and twelve hours, resulting in the most delicious and tender pork you can eat.
The tradition of hog roast goes back hundreds of years, found in the history and culture of many countries;
‘Lechon asado’ is a part of Puerto Rico's national dish and is usually served with arroz con gandules, and while popular all year around, they are especially popular during Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations.
In the Philippines, the roasted pig is referred to as ‘lechon baboy’ and is traditionally prepared for Christmas celebrations, but is also very popular at birthday parties, weddings, Debuts and family reunions.
In Indonesia, a hog roast is called ‘babi guling’, ‘babi panggang’ or ‘babi bakar’ and is usually served with lawar and steamed rice. It is an extremely popular dish in Balinese restaurants and warungs as the island is mostly Hindu. In Batak tradition, ‘babi guling’ is a wedding offering for the bride’s family.
In Chinese communities, predominantly in Southern China, a hog roast is known as ‘siu yuk’ and is eaten for special family affairs, business openings, or as a ritualistic spiritual offering where the pig is sacrificed to ward off evils in return to pray for success.
In Spain, the locals call the cooking of a whole pig ‘lechon asado’ and they are becoming more popular across Spain, especially in Southern Spain where there is a strong expat community.
In the UK, the tradition of hog roasts is fundamental to many occasions, from birthday parties, wedding celebrations or just a summer get-together among friends. It is usually an outdoor event, and you often see a delicious hog roast at many show events such as County Shows and carnivals.
Prior to being trussed, some meats need to simply be seasoned with sea salt. Once it starts cooking the meat will create incredible flavours, however others can benefit from a marinade. This can help to make the meat softer and infuse the flavours throughout. You should leave the meat to marinade for a minimum of an hour, depending on the size and type of the meat, so do a little research and find the perfect combination for your spit roast!