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October 11, 2015

This little piggy… on a Spit

Well good morning, unless it is afternoon wherever you are in the world, in which case good afternoon. As for you night owls I guess it would be good evening to you? Well you all get the point. Hello, hi, how’s it going? I’m going to start this post with a warning… THIS POST MAY CONTAIN IMAGES THAT SOME WOULD FIND A LITTLE DISTURBING, but it also contains images that will probably make some of you drool, so make sure there is no one looking. As for those of you who don’t like to think about where your meat comes from I suggest you click on this link and head over to the lovely Laura’s Mess and enjoy some of this beautiful looking Ginger Pressed Salad.

For those of you who stuck around, you all rock, have an extra beer tonight on me. This post is all about celebration, and believe me there is plenty of reason to celebrate. Recently my brother got old, which in turn means I’m getting older and this doesn’t sit well with me. You see, I’m one of those people who like to avoid growing up and getting older and doing old people stuff (unless it is watching Better Homes and Gardens with a cup of tea on Friday nights, in that case I’m all for it). My point is… well I’m not really sure, I guess another one of those soppy inspirational quote things (what on earth is happening to me? Must drink more beer!). Getting another year older isn’t all that bad, you’re wiser, more experienced and have plenty more awesome stories to tell over a few beers… The best thing about getting older? It’s an excuse to get friends and family over to stuff their faces, consume unnaturally large amounts of booze and COOK A PIG ON A SPIT! Can you guess what I’m most excited about here?

My inner caveman was beyond excited when my brother decided he wanted to cook a whole beast on a spit to celebrate getting old. My dad and I dusted off our MAD Catering jackets  (for those of you who don’t know, MAD Catering is a fictional catering company developed by my Dad and I to cater for family events… and yes we wear chef’s jackets because we’re badass) and began to plan the day’s feast. Apparently there are people in the world who don’t eat pork?!? Not sure how they got an invite to be honest, perhaps my brother needs to re-evaluate his friends? However, there is no need to fear as my Dad and I are untrained professionals and have a great ability to consume beer and come up with great ideas. We had an entrée of lime and chilli prawns skewers, Texas lamb skewers, rosemary and salt lamb skewers and chicken wings… so many chicken wings. After that was the course we’d all been waiting for… A WHOLE ROAST PIG! Of course for a well balanced diet we threw in a coleslaw and some roast veg… happy days!

Never having cooked a pig on a spit before, Google and I became really good friends. Just to make sure we didn’t stuff this up I phoned a friend (via Instagram) to sort the advice of a world renowned expert in the art of beer consumption and cooking kick arse food. That’s right I called in the big guns Grazza from Food is the Best Shit ever who came back with words of wisdom, “a shit load of garlic, rosemary, thyme and oil”. Those words will be etched in my mind for the rest of my days, it’s probably almost tattoo worthy… almost. I’ve pieced together the ultimate guide on how we roasted this bad boy, but just like the pirate code, this is more of a rough guide… so feel free to improvise… but if you do a better job than I do and I don’t get an invite, you will be responsible for endless nights of crying…. Good luck living with that.

For the sake of avoiding protesters wanting to burn my house down for animal cruelty, I’m going to throw it out there and ask anyone considering a pig on a spit to make sure you are getting a responsibly sourced pig, one that has had a good life frolicking in the paddocks. Not only does this result in deliciously tender meat, but most importantly it means the pig has been treated with the upmost respect throughout its life. We sourced our pig through RJ our local butcher. For those who live in the Southern suburbs of Perth, I suggest you make RJ you’re local butcher too… his sausages are better than mine….

Serves Heaps

This little piggy… on a Spit

13 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Spit (we used a gas one, they can be hired pretty easily. To be a real man try a charcoal one)
  • 1 well looked after pig
  • 1 giants handful of rosemary
  • 1 giants handful of thyme
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 250ml (ish) oil (I used grapeseed)
  • salt and pepper (lots)
  • 1 bottle of cider
  • 12 hours of your time to give the pig the love and attention it deserves

Now What?

  1. The hardest part about cooking a pig on a spit is getting the pig on the spit to begin with. Fortunately, we have an awesome butcher who took care of this for us. (Thanks RJ!)
  2. Next, combine the rosemary, thyme, garlic, oil, salt and pepper into a food processer and blitz until it looks like you want to rub all over a pig.
  3. Turn on the spit and base every 30 minutes for a delicious succulent roast pork dinner. I also added a dash of cider throughout the cooking process because it was hot in there and I didn't want little piggy dehydrating.
  4. Use a meat thermometer to check on the progress of your pig throughout the cooking process.
  5. Use a SHARP knife to carve this bad boy, blunt knives will result in tears every time.
  6. Eat as much of this pork as you think you can handle, then go back for more. That's how good it is.The hardest part about cooking a pig on a spit is getting the pig on the spit to begin with. Fortunately, we have an awesome butcher who took care of this for us. (Thanks RJ!)
  7. Next, combine the rosemary, thyme, garlic, oil, salt and pepper into a food processer and blitz until it looks like you want to rub all over a pig.
  8. Turn on the spit and base every 30 minutes for a delicious succulent roast pork dinner. I also added a dash of cider throughout the cooking process because it was hot in there and I didn't want little piggy dehydrating.
  9. Use a meat thermometer to check on the progress of your pig throughout the cooking process.
  10. Use a SHARP knife to carve this bad boy, blunt knives will result in tears every time.
  11. Eat as much of this pork as you think you can handle, then go back for more. That's how good it is.
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14 Comments

  1. Good GOD man, I want to be around this right NOW. I'm not at all surprised that every single person in the pictures looks like they won the lottery.
  2. laurasmess says:
    HA. This is hilarious! I like the fact that Graz and I are both listed in this post with you, beer and a pig. Like, if that doesn't make us BEST FRIENDS I don't know what does (I'll forego that I was the vegetable accompaniment and the popular phrase 'you don't make friends with salad'. Please say you're still my friend). Although I'm not a big pig eater these days, I do appreciate this post in an aesthetic, crowd-pleasing, beer rockin', shitload-of-olive-oil-and-herbin' kind of way. What a blissful way to spend the weekend (love that pic of you and Alyssa! You FREAKING ENGAGED KIDS YOU!)
    • haha best friends for life after this post right? :D Also as I've recently learnt there is absolutely nothing wrong with being the vegetable component (must be that magical broccoli book you've got :P ) so yes I'm still your friend. It certainly was a wonderful weekend! I'm sure there will be similar festivities for some form of party at some point ;) Sorry for the issues you nay have encountered posting this comment. I've been pressing buttons I shouldn't be and as a result things have been breaking a little... but we got here in the end :)
    • BFF! We'll see if that still stands after Feburary ????
  3. Sabrina says:
    Awesome, recipe! I'd be so nervous to cook a whole hog, but yours looks great!
  4. hotlyspiced says:
    I certainly agree with buying an animal that has had the best possible life. Good on you for taking up the challenge of roasting a pig on a spit for the first time (not something I've done!) and the results look amazing xx
  5. Leanne Pearce says:
    Loved reading this! Good job with the roasting!

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