Devon Hogroasts, Hog Roasts in Devon, UK - How to Cook a Perfect Pig

By: Dave Haggett

The popularity of hog roasts in the UK is undeniable. There's nothing better on a warm summer day than to gather with friends and family while a succulent pig roasts slowly on a spit. Here's some information about hog roasts in Devon that will help you bring off your event without a hitch.

For a "Wow" Factor, Choose Spit Roasting

It's nothing short of spectacular to be invited to a hog roast in Devon and arrive to see a whole pig, seasoned to perfection, rotating slowly on a spit over a charcoal or wood fire. Even hog roast weddings are exceedingly popular. Spit roasting is an ancient cooking technique. For a pig roast, the horizontal spit bar should be about 70 inches in length. To facilitate attachment of the meat, most spits have movable crossbars to which the meat is attached. The ends of the spit bar fit into uprights that are adjustable to move the pig closer or farther from the fire. A strong motor rotates the pig slowly.

How to Prepare the Carcass for Spit Roasting

You can leave the stomach cavity open or close it according to your preference for the hog roast. Regardless, for extra flavor, rub a seasoning mix onto the interior surfaces of the pig rather than using just plain salt and pepper. Citrus flavors are particularly complimentary to pork, so try a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice, 1/4 cup orange juice, 3 tablespoons of good quality olive oil, 6 cloves of garlic, put through a press or very finely chopped, 3 tablespoons of coarse salt and 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper. Finally, score the skin all over with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern. This will allow more fat to render during cooking. Wrap the thinner parts of the pig, such as ears and snout, with aluminum foil so they do not overcook.

Roasting the Pig

The secret to succulent spit-roasted pork in hog roasts in Exeter or Devon is slow, even cooking. The rotating spit takes care of the "even" part, but you'll have to monitor the heat to assure slow cooking. A temperature of 350º F is ideal. To test the temperature, hold your hand, palm down, at the same distance from the fire as the pig will be. If you can hold it there for 8 to 12 seconds, the temperature is correct for spit roasting. Test for doneness by inserting an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. A temperature of 165º to 170º indicates that the meat is fully cooked. Allow 6 to 10 hours for pigs that weigh from 60 to 125 pounds. Remove the foil during the last hour of cooking. Your UK hog roast is now ready to enjoy!

Hog roasts in Devon, UK are great events for young and old alike. Why not try your hand at this crowd-pleasing spectacle for your next special event?

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D J Haggett Butchers have over 30 years experience in the butcher's trade and are specialists in the supply of top-quality,locally-reared meats, butchered the traditional way.For more information Click Hog Roast Devon For further details Click Hog Roast Devon

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