Brilliant! You are in charge of cooking the perfect hog roast. This is a tasty important task, so the smart thing to do is look for tips that will make your culinary adventure a success. Your dinner guests are expecting nothing less than “hog heaven” at the dinner table. So let’s get cracking.
Getting The Right Roast
Knowing which cut of the hog is important to achieving the desired result at the dinner table. The Loin is the roast cut that is the most tender part of the hog. Recipes call for the meat to be cooked with or without the bone. Looking at the Shoulder roast, it is the most versatile part of the hog. Often the meat is slowly roasted to make pulled pork dishes. The leanest hog roast is the Tenderloin. Containing less fat, it requires more seasoning as well as attention to cooking time, so it does not become dry.
Preparing The Roast
Bring out the flavour of the roast you have chosen by marinading ahead of time. A flavourful quick marinade will only require about an hour in the fridge ahead of cooking. For more intense flavour, cool overnight in a sealed container. Marinades can be wet or dry rubs using various spices. Using a wet brine solution overnight, then patting down and applying a dry rub, can produce a very appealing combination for your roast.
- Apple Cider with Soy Sauce and Pineapple Juice
- Dijon Mustard with Garlic, Soy Sauce, Olive Oil, and Minced Onions
- Dry Rub with Paprika, Brown Sugar, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Ginger, Red Pepper Flakes, and Cayenne Pepper.
- Add salt and pepper to taste in each marinade.
Ways To Cook Your Roast
Oven roasting works well for a loin roast setting the oven at 175C. The roast is fully cooked when the meat reaches 71C internally. The meat texture will be firm and intact for easy cutting into slices. Average cooking time will be about 25 minutes per pound.
If you are wanting to cater pulled pork, use a slow cooker. Set the temperature on the low setting and expect to cook for at least four hours. You can add seasoning to the cooker when you start.
Hog roasting machines are available for rent if you are wanting to roast a whole hog for a special event. Your butcher can provide and prepare the hog for roasting with advanced notice.