My Epic Pig Roast!

July 24, 2014

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So last weekend I was finally able to check something off my bucket list that I have wanted to do for years, a whole pig roast! Now let me say that if you are squeamish, don’t look any further! I am going to post some pick of the roast! So I have had tons of questions about where I learned about this and so on, so I” give everyone all the places that I got my info from!

So the first question I kept getting was, “Where did you get a whole pig? Well I did a search online for whole hog Northern California. I found a few places around here and started calling. I wound up using Dee’s Meats, located in Galt. Bob helped me out and got exactly what I needed and prepped the pig for me.

So before all that happened though, I had to do some research on it! (Gotta love Google!) I found 2 web sites that had the best info that I could find.

http://cuban-christmas.com/pigroast.html

http://amazingribs.com/recipes/porknography/whole_hog_pig_picking.html

Between these 2 sites I learned a lot about the roast, including how to build my roaster and other great pointers!

So back to my actual roast, I built my roaster about a week before the roast to get it out of the way. Next I built the grills/stretchers the week of. I picked the pig up on Saturday morning. When I got it home I finished prepping it by cutting off the silver skin inside and then injecting the meat with a brine. After that I put on a rub that I got off of the amazingribs.com site. then I salted the skin and put him on ice till the morning!

The morning of, I got up at 6:30 and started getting everything together. I started the charcoal at about 7:15 and woke up my “helper” Miles. We got the pig on the stretchers, and clamped it shut. Maxwell, as we started calling the pig, went on the grill at exactly 8am.

At 9am, I opened my first beer!

8 hours, (and a bunch of beer) later, Maxwell was registering done in all areas! We pulled him off, let him rest for about 20 minutes, and then I started shredding up the meat to the delight of the now 60+ people that had gathered at my house! ( I actually heard it was more but I didn’t have time to count!)

Overall I think that the pig turned out great, and no one got sick, well at least not from the pig! I had a blast doing it and even more fun getting to hang out with all of my friends and family.

The lesson here is, when you really want to learn how to do something, just research the hell out of it, save up and do it! I’m so happy I finally got to do this if it would have failed, I had the pizza place on speed dial!