Roasted Kalua Pig
Are you and your friends looking for something Crazy and Delicious to do? Why don't you roast the most delicious tasting Kalua Pig you could ever imagine! Let me forewarn you before you read on that this article's undertaking is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking to have an epic day that no one will forget, if you are looking to have a day full of drinking, eating, talking, roasting, o ya and EATING!, or if you are simply a huge fan of food, meat, and pig then by all means read on -- and prepare for some extreme mouth salivating.
What you need:
- A whole hog -- Buy one to be delivered frozen to your door @ http://www.mcreynoldsfarms.com/
- A roasting site to build a roasting pit - roughly 3' X 5'. Could be an empty field, or forest, or an empty lot (get creative)
- About 10 - 20 bricks (depending on the pit's size)
- Foil, a large square of sheet metal, and (chicken) wire
- Banana leaves (if you can)
- Lighter fluid and good quality firewood (at least two full boxes!)
- A keg and friends
- A full day.. Meaning dawn to dusk! Trust me, its worth it!!
What you need to do:
1) Wake up before the sun rises, brew coffee, and get to the roasting site. Dig a roast pit at your chosen roasting site. Make sure its big enough for bricks, coals, the hog, plus about a foot of breathing room in each direction. Line the bottom of the roasting pit with the bricks - in a checkerboard type of pattern, leaving square air pockets scattered across the pit bottom. The bottom of your pit should look something similar to this:
2) Next, fill the pit with fire wood, drench it in lighter fluid, and light. Let the wood burn down for the better part of 8 - 10 hours, or until the coals are glowing furiously with red. This next part of the day is where you: relax and soak in the sun/ play a pickup football or frisbee game/ play some drinking games/ or even go for a hike. But most importantly, it's when you get your hog seasoned and ready to roast!
3) Now for the fun part of the process - where you can get creative with your tastes. Season the fully thawed hog with loads of salt, pepper, lime, garlic, cyan, red pepper flakes, salsas, powders, and seasonings. Don't go overboard though because the slow roasted pig will create (as well as amplify) all of the juices and tastes already extracted from the roast. And, it is very important to prop the pigs mouth open with an apple so as to allow heat flow into the body cavity, and receive a more complete and fully cooked pig!