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Pit Pig Roasting Underground

Monday, 26 May 2008


This recipe wreaks havoc on your lawn, but hell, grass grows back!


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Dozens and Dozens
  • 1 40 to 50 pound suckling pig, cleaned and hair removed

For the Rub:

  • 3 cups paprika

  • 1 cup ground cayenne

  • 1 cup dried coconut flakes

  • ½ cup garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup dried thyme

  • 1/4 cup dried oregano

  • 1/4 cup onion powder

  • 1/8 cup salt

  • 3 tablespoons ground allspice

For the Sauce:

  • 2 15 ½-ounce can sliced pineapple chunks, drained and liquid reserved

  • 1 cup catsup

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ½ cup bourbon (drink the rest of the bottle during the 10 hours of pig roasting)

  • 1 teaspoon dried ground habanero chile or 2 fresh, stems and seeds removed, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice





For the Pig:

The entire carcass of the pig can be roasted in a closed pit. Dig a hole 3 feet deep, 30 inches wide and of sufficient length to accommodate the pig. Build a wood fire in the pit and allow 12 inches of hot coals to build up. This will require about 3 to 4 hours burning time and wood equal to about 2 times the volume of the pit. Use only dry hardwood.

When sufficient coals have accumulated, level them and remove any unburned chunks. Cover the coals completely with a 2-inch layer of pea gravel. Rub the carcass with the Polynesian Pig Rub. Wrap the carcass in wet burlap bags or old (but clean) t-shirts, cut apart. Place the wrapped carcass on a sheet of 2 by 4 inch welded wire, and lower it into the pit. Cover immediately with galvanized roofing supported on pipe or steel posts. Then put 12 inches of dirt over the entire pit. Allow the pig to cook for about 10 hours (or until the internal temperature of the pig reaches 160° F–but you have to dig it up to find out!). Serve the meat dressed with the South Pacific Barbecue Sauce.

 For the Rub:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

For the Sauce:

Place the pineapple in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Combine the puree and all the remaining ingredients, including the pineapple liquid, in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until it thickens. If prepared ahead of time, refrigerate, and reheat before using.




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