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Pig in a pit

FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 579
edited October 2019 in Pork
A friend decided to do a hog roast for function a month ago. Lots of planning and prep, mostly on his side, and we got to get things rolling last Friday. Hole was dug with a mini excavator, lined the bottom with rocks, and started a fire.  We burned down a big fire to initially heat the hole and heat up the rocks, then added another round of wood, all hickory to build our bed of coals.  About 30 minutes before the pig went on we added 3 bags of briquettes.  Pig was seasoned and loaded with fruit, onions, and garlic.  Then wrapped in foil, followed by wet burlap, and then chicken wire.  Pit was covered with tin to hold in the heat. Pig was 114lbs dressed and turned out great for a group that had never tried this before.  We did have to add more heat Saturday morning to pick up the pace which included 4 bags of royal oak set on fire next to the pit and then pushed in.  That was some serious heat, I think we all still have our eyebrows....  

Pig was in the pit ~ 15 hours and literally fell apart as we opened up the foil.  We were hoping to be able to roll it out for a cool presentation, but once we got into the foil, the plan just turned to picking out the meat.

Thanks for looking, it was a blast and the repeat is already in the planning.  


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