The party is planned, the dates set, you’ve invited your whole family and friends, decided on the food, got the beer in the cooler, and the weather forecast is looking fantastic. Now you’re stuck wondering, how do I go about cooking the hog? Never fear, we have put together this article to help introduce you to a tradition that has gone on probably since man discovered fire.
Luckily in this day and age, we have plenty of amenities and tools to help with the job, such as a food thermometer. Cooking a hog roast is genuinely quite a simple thing to achieve; the equipment and preparation time is your most important factor. If you have never cooked a hog roast or even seen one being cooked before, we can assure you by the end of this article, we will enable you to feel more confident on hosting a hog roast.
There are a number of ways that you could cook a hog roast, such as gas, charcoal or wood. There are also various cooking styles available, such as the eastern BBQ, where the hog is cooked whole and served with a vinegar sauce vs the western BBQ where the shoulder of the hog is cooked and served with a tomato-based sauce. As long as you get the basics right, you can change it up depending on personal taste.
Where do I begin?
1. After thoroughly washing the entire hog and drying off with a clean towel, season all over with the basics being course sea salt, and then add whatever your taste buds are hankering for.
2. Get the hog roast to 200/250 degrees Celsius, depending on the type of cooker and fuel.
3. Put the hog on the grill/secure it to the skewer, skin side up to begin with if halved, and cook for the designated time for the method/machine you’ve chosen.
4. Turn the hog over after cooking half way or turn on the automated rotary system for the duration of the cooking time.
5. Season the meat with your choice of sauce and serve.
The above list is very much a simplified version of cooking a hog roast; there are lots of different variations covered by us if you look at our cooking section under each different product.
How much hog would I need?
You are best off with one and a half pounds of uncooked hog per adult head.
Make sure you take into account how many kids are going to be there, and remember that you could serve BBQ sides to help fill people up.
It's better still to have some of the hog left over than to not feed everyone - pork freezes very well. Take note of the size of the hog you choose, anything less than 70lbs would be too lean for eating, and anything above 125lbs starts getting tough and grainy. If you need more hog for the event, just order multiple smaller ones.
Where do I order the hog?
Any good pig farm should be able to assist you, or of course, we would advise asking your local butcher or supermarket, but make sure to give them two weeks’ notice, so they can assure your hog is ready. We advise having the head removed as many guests do not like to see this part of the animal. Have the butcher split the hog in half to aid cooking on a grill.
Where do I get a cooker?
Here at Tasty Trotter, we supply a whole range of pig cooking options. From gas griddles for sale to spit roast machines, speak with one of our team to discuss your needs. We can help with common questions, such as where you want to buy a cooker or whether you'd like to just hire one. We can also help if you’re looking to use the machine for anything from a wedding to a large gathering of friends and family, we are always happy to help!