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Old 06-08-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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A buddy of mine and I are going to be roasting a 70-80 lb pig this weekend. It's not the first time either of us have been to a pig roast, but it will be the first time the two of us roast one ourselves. Any tips, tricks or warnings are welcome.

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How are you doing it?

I have a Caja China box and roast pigs using that method twice a year. I recommend a good overnight brining. My friend is an executive chef and he does our brine at his restaurant overnight the night before. The meat is so tender and juicy you'll fall in love.

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On a spit over a wood fire.

I've been looking at brine recipes and would like to brine it overnight.

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Nice. We did a spit before the box. I actually liked the taste a little better, but it takes too long for me. One big benefit is you can baste it as it cooks when it's on a spit.

I don't know our exact brine recipe, but I believe he uses a fairly standard mix. He keeps it around 45f when it's brining.

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Almost forgot about basting. Any tips on what to baste with?

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+1 on the the brine. I typically use about 1 1/2 cups of kosher salt per gallon of water. If you want to add a bit of depth to your brine you can always add a bit of sugar (sugar, molasses, maple syrup...you get the idea) to it as well.
As far as basting or a mop sauce... I get raves using red wine vinegar, soy sauce and a bit of water mixed together as a mop sauce. Just remember... low and slow and have plenty of cold ones on hand... you guys are gonna have a blast.

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+1 on the the brine. I typically use about 1 1/2 cups of kosher salt per gallon of water. If you want to add a bit of depth to your brine you can always add a bit of sugar (sugar, molasses, maple syrup...you get the idea) to it as well.
As far as basting or a mop sauce... I get raves using red wine vinegar, soy sauce and a bit of water mixed together as a mop sauce. Just remember... low and slow and have plenty of cold ones on hand... you guys are gonna have a blast.
I'm stoked to roast this pig. Everything is going as planned and looking good

That mop sauce sounds tasty. This is what I came up with for recipes.

Brine:
1 c salt per gallon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar per gallon
Black pepper

Dry seasoning for any exposed meat:
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Black Pepper
Maybe a little Cayenne and some herbs as well

Baste:
1 qt Apple Juice
1 qt Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 c Garlic powder
1/2 c Onion powder

Glaze
Honey w/ a little Apple Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar or both
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Looks good. I'm doing a hog roast myself Sat. I just do the whole thing in a smoker racer style. Also, doing a 10lbs brisket as well. Good luck and have a blast hog roasts are fun.

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Looks good. I'm doing a hog roast myself Sat. I just do the whole thing in a smoker racer style. Also, doing a 10lbs brisket as well. Good luck and have a blast hog roasts are fun.
Cool, I hope everything goes well with your roast, too. Brisket sounds delicious. I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.

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Nice. We did a spit before the box. I actually liked the taste a little better, but it takes too long for me. One big benefit is you can baste it as it cooks when it's on a spit.

I don't know our exact brine recipe, but I believe he uses a fairly standard mix. He keeps it around 45f when it's brining.
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+1 on the the brine. I typically use about 1 1/2 cups of kosher salt per gallon of water. If you want to add a bit of depth to your brine you can always add a bit of sugar (sugar, molasses, maple syrup...you get the idea) to it as well.
As far as basting or a mop sauce... I get raves using red wine vinegar, soy sauce and a bit of water mixed together as a mop sauce. Just remember... low and slow and have plenty of cold ones on hand... you guys are gonna have a blast.

I don't know anyone who brines a whole pig. I have brined butt and picnic when they don't have as much fat as I would like, but I have never seen or heard of anyone brining a whole pig. The best and only way to get moisture and flavor into the pig is via injecting. I learned to cook a whole hog from a pro. I took a class because it is real easy to screw up while preparing and cooking whole hog especially for competition. Have a look at this video from the Carolina Pit Masters.

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