The Best Hog Roast or Pulled Pork Dinner

The Best Hog Roast – Tips for Novices

The idea of a hog roast may seem overwhelming to those new to this particular fun event. Roasting hog on a spit is delightfully tempting and tasty. The beauty of a hog roast is that leftovers can be used in many ways. The following information comes from The Roasting Pig Nottingham, a hog roast caterer that also specialises in pulled pork catering and hire.


A Hog Roast – What You’ll Need

You’ll need a large spit with a deep trench-like bottom with attached cover and a motorized turning rod. Make sure the spit is sized according to the size of the hog. Most butchers will prep the hog so it’s ready to roast. Add a favourite rub or sauce for spectacular results.


Rubs are fairly simple to make. These begin with combinations of spices and herbs like thyme, bay leaves, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Experiment with other spices like allspice, marjoram or fennel. Add finely ground pecans for crunch.


Sauces can be made from molasses, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, pepper, crushed garlic and a dash of white wine. Cola syrup and ginger ale also add extra flavor. Some prefer to substitute strong beer for the wine.

Roasting Time

The time it takes to roast a hog depends on the weight. For example, a 90-lb. hog may take up to three days for it to be slow roasted over a spit. If you’ve been looking for a new fun theme for a party or dinner, consider a hog roast and surprise everyone.

Pulled Pork Dinner

There are two ways to make pulled pork dinners. The first is with raw pork. The second way is to use pre-cooked pork. Raw pork takes longer to cook, about 30 minutes. To shred the pork, stir constantly until the pork separates.

Pulled Pork Dinners for Four

. 1 chopped onion
. 1 chopped sweet or hot pepper (seeded)
. 2 cloves of garlic finely crushed and chopped
. 1 can tomato paste
. 1 tablespoon aged vinegar (Balsamic is best)
. 12 ounces of cola or ginger ale
. 4 ounces of beer (preferably stout)
. 1 1/2 lbs. of raw pork cubes
. 2 tablespoons olive oil


Mix first seven ingredients. Blend well. Place oil and pork in a large pan over low heat. Cook until tender. Add mixed ingredients. Simmer on low heat for up to three hours.

Quick Pulled Pork Dinners

Use leftovers from your hog roast to make a quick pulled pork dinner.

. One bottle of barbecue sauce
. One cup ginger ale
. One chopped onion.
. Two tablespoons olive oil

Place ingredients in a large pan over low heat. Stir well. Add in pre-cooked pork and stir till tender.