We all relish the tastiness of a whole roasted pig. Who wouldn’t?! The meat is tender and juicy. The skin is crispy and flavorful. A roasted pig has some sort of enchantment that seduces our taste buds and makes us crave for more. However, we cannot disregard the fact that roasting a whole pig is also quite intimidating and challenging for most of us. Roasting requires money (for the grill, the pig and the ingredients), time and a lot of effort. But with practice, technique and skills, we’re pretty sure that you’ll get the hang of it. Follow these tips to serve a perfect pig roast to your loved ones and friends!
1. Guarantee that your pig is fresh and that it has passed the inspection. There’s nothing more tragic than a pig that doesn’t only taste right but is also capable of upsetting your guests’ stomachs or letting them get food poisoned. Again, FRESH is the best.
2. Now if you are concerned about where to get your pig, you actually have several choices. If you live in a rural area, the best option that you have is to find a local farmer. You can tell them the type of pig you’re looking for: a suckling pig, a 60-pounder or a 90-pounder perhaps?
3. If, on the other hand, you live in a city (or near one), you can go to dedicated meat markets or the local butcher. In most cases, butchers special order whole hogs if they don’t have them available at the time you asked.
4. When deciding on the weight of the pig that you’ll roast, always remember that a dressed pig’s weight equals to about 70 percent of its live weight. If you’re not aware of it yet, you have to know that only 30 to 50 percent is edible on a dressed pig. So based on this fact, you should be able to distinguish the perfect weight that should cater to all your guests.
5. Always use a meat injector to marinate your pig. We believe we have emphasized the importance of this part on our previous posts. If you missed it, click here to find out why you need a professional meat injector for your pig roasts.
6. Never ever skip the rub. As much as the marinade is vital to your pig roasting, so is the rub. You can choose from various types of rubs: Asian, South Carolina, Memphis-style. It’s your call. However, if you want to give your pig a Cuban twist, we recommend that you use the adobo seasoning.
7. Score the pig’s skin to make it crispy. Ensure that the cuts are created in uniform distance to make the roasting even.
8. Don’t peek in the La Caja China roaster too often. Doing so will let the heat out, thus affecting the doneness and crispiness of your pig.
9. When using sweet ingredients in your marinade, apply the mixture on the skin when the pig is nearly done. This will prevent your roast from having a burnt or bitter taste.
10. Smoking your pig will make it even more delightful. You can use your La Caja China smoker pistol for this task.
We hope that you enjoyed reading these best pig roaster cooking tips we shared on our blog today. Also check out our sample pig roasting menus, roasting pig marinades and sauces, lechon asado recipe, smoked meat menu and our Cuban pig roast recipe. Remember, to serve the tastiest pig roast, only use the best barbecue grill in town! Call us now at 1-800-338-1323 or visit our website to get a La Caja China.
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