Step 16: Remove Pig from Spit
Remove the spit from the fire and place it back on the work surface (wash all your surfaces first). Use a wire cutters to cut and remove all of the bailing wire from the front and back legs and free the pig from the spit. Remove the spit rod by sliding it out of the pig.
Take the wire cutters and snip every stitch along the pig's belly. If you pull the wire it will simply rip through the delicious belly meat and make a mess. Instead, take each stich out individually with a needle nose pliers. Pretend you are a surgeon and the pig is your patient.
A clean pair of work gloves, some clean towels, and a little patience helps a lot with this step, and the next. The pig is piping hot, everyone wants to eat and the whole party will be watching your every move, so you've got to do it right.
Once the body cavity is opened up remove all of the stuffing and herbs. If juices begin to flow and collect on the worksurface, place a rock underneath one of the table legs to create an incline on the table. Then, take a pot and place it under the low point on the table to collect the juices.