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Arts the resident expert here, although whether he's ever done an entire pig, couldn't say.

I know in Hawaii, they superheat stones in a pit, then put hot stones in the pigs abdominal cavity before placing it in the pit and covering. Its pretty complicated, and you'd better get it right or its not going to be safe to eat.

Where are you getting the pig? Surely whoevers providing it can give some instructions on how to prepare it?

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I did some google searches for you to get you started..


Determine the number of people that you plan to serve. Allow 1 1/2 lbs. of carcass weight per person. This will tell you the amount of pork to purchase. To estimate the cooking time, allow 1 hour per 10 pounds of pork.

Our M-251B Add-On Rotisserie will use about 30 lbs. of Charcoal to start the fire and and an additional 10 lbs of charcoal per hour during the cooking process will be used. NOTE: Do NOT use an automatic charcoal lighter or starter. We suggest the natural lump type of charcoal to be your best cooking source.


75 lb Dressed Pig = approx. 30 lbs. cooked chopped pork = 50 guests

100 lb Dressed Pig = approx. 40 lbs. cooked chopped pork = 65 guests

125 lb Dressed Pig = approx. 50 lbs. cooked chopped pork = 85 guests

14 lbs uncooked shoulder = 10 lbs. cooked 6-7 hours = 10 guests

6-7 lbs. uncooked Boston Butt = 3 lbs. cooked 3 1/2 - 4 hours = 6 guests

14 lbs. uncooked ham = 6-7 lbs cooked 6-7 hours = 10-15 guests


Purchase your pig from a state inspected establishment. Typically, a 7-day notice for a local super market, grocery store or meat packer is necessary to ensure that your pig is ready when you need it. Ask the butcher to remove the eyes and have the pig ready for roasting when you pick it up.


Meat Thermometer to ensure 170º Internal Temperature

"Burn Barrel" container to start coals in

Container of water for possible heat source flare-up.

Sturdy table for the "catch-all" items and final carving

Knife or cleaver for chopping

Chopping block

Paper Towels

Plenty of aluminum foil

2 pair of thick rubber gloves for handling pork - This is a 2 person job!


Container for sauce - allow 2 quarts of sauce per 75 pounds of pork.

Chicken wire for tying pig to rotisserie spit.

Extension cord with UL approval for outdoor use, grounded 3 prong plug

Pliers for tightening wire during cooking process


Prepare the pig by washing it inside and out, giving particular attention to the ears, snout and feet. Place a block of wood between the jaws and thoroughly salt the inside of the cavity. If you wish to stuff the pig, now is the time to do it. Stuff the pig's cavity with whole Italian sausage links and whole, cleaned fryer chickens, bread stuffing, sauerkraut or whatever you feel like putting in there. Sew the cavity opening with butcher's string to keep the stuffing in place during the cooking process.

Place a support bar clamp (dog bone) on the spit and tighten.

Place a skewer on the spit and tighten

Run the spit through the center of the pig, running the skewer into the pig.

Place the second skewer on the spit and secure tightly against the pig.

Place the support bar through the bottom of the dog bone clamp.

Place the second dog bone clamp over the spit and support bar and secure

Tie pig's feet to the bottom support bar.

Carefully anchor all parts of the carcass to the spit by balancing and securing it with wires or chicken wire. This will require 2 strong people!

Since the back and loin area cook most rapidly, the pig must be secured in such a way that it will not flop about and break as it approaches doneness. Tie the legs to the support bar and cover the tail and ears with foil to prevent charring. The rate of cooking can be adjusted somewhat by varying the fire - hotter in the ham and shoulder and medium in the loin.


The fire (charcoal briquettes) should not be directly below the spit. We suggest 30 lbs. of charcoal to start. Do not use the self starting type of charcoal. Arrange the charcoal the length of the pig in two rows, about 12 - 15 inches apart. Either position a drip pan or lay a mound of sand directly under the pig to catch the grease dripping from the pig. Fat dripping in to the fire can cause a burst of flame that could char the outside of the pig. You will need to add approximately 10 pounds of charcoal per hour of cooking time. It will help if you have a separate barrel or can to start the charcoal in so you are only adding lit charcoals to the pit.


Make sure the rotisserie is NOT plugged in.

Put the hot coal covers in place.

Set the mounted pig on the rotisserie frame

Attach the rotisserie drive chain and securely tighten the chain by adjusting the motor and tightening the knob.

Place the chain guard over the drive chain.

Plug the motor into a UL approved, outdoor extension cord or outlet.

Turn motor on and remove hot coal covers to begin cooking.


To prevent serious injury, the chain guard must be in place on all M-251, M-250 and M-35 Rotisserie units. Do NOT operate these units without the safety guard in place!

Electric motor must be plugged into a ground fault protected outlet and if and extension cord is necessary, it must be a 3-prong, grounded UL approved for outdoor use extension cord.

Rotisseries generate extreme heat and are mechanical devices. Keep children away at all times.


Do not exceed 225º F cooking temperature for the first two hours of cooking. Allow 1 hour of cooking time per 10 pounds of pork. An internal temperature of 170º must be reached. Have additional coals started outside the grill, ready to be added as needed, to maintain the proper temperature.

As the pig roasts, it will shrink, so have tools handy to tighten the wires or chicken wire. It is also important to fill a plastic bottle or sprinkler with water to put out any flare-ups among the coals. Flare-ups are more frequent during the first few hours of roasting, so this is when the most attention is required. Basting the hog is optional.


As the pig nears doneness, place a meat thermometer, or two of them to be certain, in the center of the "Ham" of the pig, making sure not to rest the thermometer against any bone or spit rod. When the thermometer registers 165º to 170º, your pig is ready to transfer to the carving area. Let the pig rest for 20 minutes before carving.


Have a large surface available for carving such as an old card table or a heavy board, well covered with heavy aluminum foil. The meat should literally fall off the bones, relieving you of a lot of carving.

Slice and chop the meat and serve with barbecue sauce, sandwich buns, cole slaw and your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!


other links

Roast a Pig like a Pro

Preparation of Whole Roastling Pigs

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First............cook with skin........or your pig will dry out.

Cooking a pig is a long process.......not a bar b que pit type of activity. You need to have a pig pit.

If you really are going to do this......make sure your pig is a suckling...........or the meat is too tough.

PM me if you want me to explain how to do this.


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Originally posted by Tarhog

Arts the resident expert here, although whether he's ever done an entire pig, couldn't say.

I know in Hawaii, they superheat stones in a pit, then put hot stones in the pigs abdominal cavity before placing it in the pit and covering. Its pretty complicated, and you'd better get it right or its not going to be safe to eat.

Where are you getting the pig? Surely whoevers providing it can give some instructions on how to prepare it?

Hawaiin guy in Turkey we:

dug a pit... took the rocks out of a fire and then used some big leaves and a blanket of some type and then covered it with dirt.

Eight hours later we dug it up and cut off all the fat and it just fell apart..

Do a search in google: They have above and below the ground recipe's...

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my father is native Fijian and in the south pacific we have roasting pig down to an art form. I have never cooked one out of the ground though.

He and I have cooked at least 40 pigs in my life time. Normally the Fijian culture would only cook a pig on special occassions but then again whenever we had family over we always cooked one.

The hardest part about roasting a pig is actually getting your hands on one. For a full grown pig in my area you are looking at least 300 to 400 dollars. Size is all the difference.

Again the size will also determine how long you want to cook your pig. Its a slow process and i have actually seen a full size pig roast in the earth for 24 hours before.

Oh and Thiebear is right, you have to leave the skin on the pig. It provides insilation and keeps the juices inside the meat or else it will seap out and you'll have dry pig.

good luck.

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