Having a pig roast is hands down one of my favorite things to do. There are few other edible, legal party activities that put everyone in a good mood and garner as much excitement as serving moist delicious roasted pork to a large group of friends does. If you've never roasted a pig before for a party or special occasion, and are not a vegetarian or vegan, you've got to read this Instructable and try it.
This pig roasting Instructable chronicles the entire process of having a pig roast, and extends far beyond the process of strictly roasting a pig. "Having a pig roast" is a bit like "having a baby" - there's a lot besides the pig/baby to think about. As a very gross estimate, roasting a pig takes approximately one day of prep, and one day of actual roasting.
To be clear - I am no expert on pig roasting, but then again, few are. I am simply passionate about the subject and have done it a number of times. I have welded my own spits out of steel and also rented motorized spits from party rental supply stores. I have roasted one pig all by itself, two pigs together, two pigs with a bunch of chickens and some multi-headed ducks with chickens. I have learned a lot from each experience and I hope to share some of that info with you now in this Instructable.
**This Instructable is based on a couple different pig roasts that I've been lucky enough to organize or asked to be a part of over the years. I thought I'd share a bunch of different approaches on how to roast a pig, since there really is no "right way" and the more information we share about roasting pigs, the tastier the meat will be. As a result, I am sorry if the images jump around a bit through the different methods.**
Step 1: Preperation - Invitations
Once you've decided to have a pig roast, the first step is to send out the invitations so that everyone can know that you're having a party they should come to. Using antiquated technology like envelopes and the postal service to notify your lucky guests is cumbersome and more of a chore then the first step to getting a great party started.
Instead, I recommend going door to door to all the different homes of your guests and stabbing a hand drawn invitation into their door jams, floors and porches with a fork.
Sure, that's a lot of forks, but if conservation is your number one jam, then what are you doing having a pig roast?