Ah, the Pig Roast. The words alone bring to mind an image of a pig rotating on a spit, grotesque yet alluring, the clouds of savory smoke tickling its ribs, gloved men gathered around, moving cinder blocks, poking embers and tossing back cold-weather beer.
So before outdoor cooking hibernates for the winter, give it one last hurrah with the manliest of cooking feats, the kind only braved by barbarians: Do your own pig roast.
First, you need to select a rig. Pig-roasting gear comes three ways: the spit, the pit or the box. Prices range from $100 to $1,000, depending on how much of a do-it-yourselfer you are.
The spit is the biggest crowd-pleaser, favored by old-school roasters; it is also the most expensive. Part gore, part thriller, part Joan of Arc, there's something proud and primal about a spit. Everything you need for a whole animal rotisserie can be found at
An alternate approach, one that's becoming popular due to its speed and ease is the roasting box, designed by
La Caja China
. With this approach, the pig is placed in the box, and cooked by hot coals put on top. Roasting boxes can be purchased for half the price of a whole animal rotisserie, and is easier and faster.
But if you're inviting folks over for a pig roast, do you really want them to gather 'round a
? If less muss, less fuss and less spectacle is acceptable, then go for it. I recommend you lessen the disappointment with a game of touch football, maybe some Connect Four, lots of tasty appetizers and a flask of bourbon.