Whole Pig Smoker Recipes You’ll Love

whole pig smokerBarbecuing is described as a method of cooking tougher meats in low temperatures for a longer period of time. To an average American, a barbecue is any food cooked outdoors using a grill. However, there is so much more to barbecue than just grilling food outdoors. There are 4 distinct styles of barbecue in the American tradition: Kansas City, Texas, Carolina, and Memphis. These recipes make use of a whole pig smoker.

Kansas City

The Kansas City barbecue is known not for the way the meat is cooked for the its sticky, sweet, tomato-based BBQ sauce. Their sauce defines their BBQ and people from the place could easily distinguish a Kansas City BBQ from others.  Not so much on beef, this sauce is commonly used on sticky smoked ribs and chicken.

Texas

The Texas BBQ uses the smoked brisket, the tough muscle found around the cow’s chest. The Texan style depends on the way the mixture of spices, salt, and sugar is rubbed and kneaded to the meat before the smoking process. While others use a whole pig smoker for their BBQ, a really good smoker is needed to cook the popular Texan BBQ overnight.

Carolina

The Carolina type BBQ is made of pulled or shredded pork served with vinegar-based barbeque sauce. The pork are from the shoulder cuts of the pit-roasted whole hog. The most typical way is the pork is shredded once cooked, sauced and served in a sandwich. The meal comes with coleslaw. In Eastern North Carolina, the meal is served with hushpuppies and a glass of iced tea.

Memphis

The Memphis barbecue features slow-cooked pork ribs in a smoke of a wood fire. Popular recipes require the ribs to be braised until they are tender then cooking them gently on a grill. Usually ribs are served dry as they come off the grill, or brushed with a special BBQ sauce before serving.

Try any of these styles and celebrate an American tradition! If you are not decided yet, read this article to find out why you should own a smoker. Finally, learn how to smoke a whole hog by watching this video!

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Tips on How to Season a Whole Pig

how to season a whole pigSeasoning a pig is quite easy and doing so would lead to a very satisfying and scrumptious result right after the pig is cooked. This is an essential step to ensure that the meat is tender, juicy, and tasty. You just need to prepare the right ingredients for the marinade and rub, and the next few steps will be easy.  Here are some valuable tips on how to season a whole pig.

  1. First, choose the right seasoning and marinade. This would be according to your preference and what kind of result you want to achieve, but just make sure that your ingredients will enhance the flavor of the meat.
  2. Make sure that the marinade and seasoning are enough for a whole pig. Estimate your entire ingredients and see that it will cover the entire pig.
  3. Prepare the ingredients. You may choose some of these to use as a marinade and seasoning:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • lemon juice
  • oregano
  • bay leaves
  1. After you’re done, inject the marinade into the shoulders and ham of the pig. This will infuse more flavors into the meat. Don’t poke too many holes on it, though.
  2. Apply the sauce on the skin. Turn the pig over and apply the sauce to make it even tastier. You may also put an adobo sauce afterwards.
  3. If you put in a sweet ingredient into your marinade sauce, apply it once the pig is almost finished cooking or just apply it inside the pig instead. The sweet marinade will burn your pig if you leave it in the heat for over an hour and will make the meat taste bitter.
  4. Don’t forget to dry rub. Apply this on any exposed meat. To help the sauce stick to the meat well and enhance further its flavor, apply yellow mustard first before having the dry rub.

Once you’ve seasoned your whole pig, roast it and make sure that you’ll keep in mind the the importance of using a meat thermometer. Also check out this video that I saw on YouTube. It features a cool roasting box that you might want to use!

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Helpful Tips When Using Your Roasting BBQ Grill

roasting bbq grillIf there is such award like “All Time Best Loved Meat Dish”, BBQ will probably bag this, hands down. The occasion no longer matters: the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, even Christmas! You will see meat lovers across the world venturing outdoors to grill beef, chicken, and most often succulent port.

Here are some helpful tips when using your roasting bbq grill:

  • Prepare everything in advance: your roasting bbq grill, kitchen equipment including a bottle full of water or fire extinguisher, spices and of course the marinated meat.
  • 30 minutes before grilling time, light your charcoal as it will take about the same amount of time to really get the heat you need for a great outcome. You will notice the charcoal to be mostly ash-gray in color with a glowing red heat underneath. Between smoker and charcoal, the latter is still the best, if you ask me.
  • Grilling chicken? Rub the outside with a little oil or butter and lightly season with salt and pepper. This process will give your chicken a crispy, golden, savory skin.
  • Cut grilling time of lean meat as it gets tougher if cooked past medium.
  • Using prongs or fork in flipping your meat may pierce your meat, making the tasty juices escape and your meat drier. Use tongs and spatula instead. You may also use a pair of reliable bear paws which are also equally efficient.
  • Applying tomato-based sauces from the start of your grilling time will blacken your meat, avoid that until the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  • Do not undercook hamburger. They need to reach 160 degrees to thoroughly kill the bacteria present in ground beef.
  • If you want tender and flavorful meat, marinate them overnight.

Do not let your inhibitions hold you from experimenting in your sauces. Combine sauces, herbs, and olive oil, make it spicy, cheesy or hot. The choices are unlimited!

Of course if you’re a BBQ lover but has no time, patience and energy, it is always best to call your reliable BBQ restaurant! If you are roasting a pig this weekend, watch this video to learn how to make its skin crispy and delicious!

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Serve A Delectable Pig Roast Hawaii Style!

pig roast HawaiiSummer is here and what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than by hosting a fabulous pig roast Hawaiian-style?  Even better is to have a wonderful Hawaiian luau party to really get into the swing of things.  But how many of us could really drop everything to fly off to Hawaii for a few days? Who can really call in sick and go sip cocktails next to a succulent pig roast on the beach?  Not many of us can do that, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try.  You can add an island charm to your summer celebrations with a few well thought out touches to make it tropical.  Starting, naturally, with the food.  Nothing says Hawaii quite like a whole pig roast, and what better way to spend an afternoon than with great conversation around a roasting box like the ones found at La Caja China? You might want to read this article on how to use your La Caja China roaster so you’ll get an idea how it works. Well, that’s the first step to a great luau – investing in a perfect roasting box.

What makes a pig roast so successful when using a roasting box is that you don’t need to have the fire department on call while you try your hand at cooking.  Slow roasting a whole pig is made easy with a roasting box, and you hardly need to do anything other than worry about what cocktail flavour to try next while it is cooking away.  Speaking of flavour, the art of a whole pig roast is quite simply a treat for the taste buds.  While the pig is being grilled, you can prepare a number of delicious side dishes to accompany the delicious pork your guests are going to enjoy soon.  A good way to keep your Hawaiian luau authentic is to include a lot of coconut to your dishes.  It’s not only tropical, but really tasty as well.  Besides, who doesn’t want to escape the typical 9 to 5 with a whole pig roast and cocktails the way you would if you were in Hawaii? And hey, when your roast is done, don’t forget to serve side dishes for Hawaiian pig roast, too!

Watch this video to learn how the traditional Hawaiian pig roast is cooked!

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Whole Pig Roasters And Memorable Outdoor Barbecue Parties

whole pig roastersNothing says summer quite like a Whole Pig Roast Party.  Having your family and friends come over to celebrate is an age-old tradition of sharing a meal.  Having a summer pig roast is something that everyone looks forward to after a cold winter.  It is a great way to mark the start of balmy, warm weather and festivities that summer brings.  Here are some great tips to host the best and most memorable outdoor barbecue party.

Get the best whole pig roasters.

This is a no-brainer.  Investing in a top quality Whole Pig Roaster will serve you well, long after your first Pig Roast of the summer is over.  Choose a roaster that’s popular for its durability, versatility and efficiency. If you’re in doubt, you can read bbq grill reviews on line to get suggestions and ideas from consumers all over the world.

Buy your whole pig.

Obviously a Pig Roast wouldn’t be a Pig roast without a delicious whole pig.  Support your local butcher by purchasing a prized pig from them.  They usually prepare it for you as well if you ask them too, which makes slapping your pig in the roasting box that much easier. Remember that choosing the size of your whole pig is important, too. To avoid having too many leftovers, just pick a weight that’s appropriate to the number of your guests.

Decide on side dishes.

It’s a Pig Roast, so anything from a variety of salads to fresh corn on the cob will go down a treat with your guests.  You could even cut some cost by asking your guests to bring a salad or side dish of their choice with them.  The spirit of a whole pig roast is sharing a meal with loved ones, so involve the whole family.

Send out invitations.

Surely you already know who you are inviting to your pig roast, but it adds that extra touch when official invitations are sent out.  Having a good, old-fashioned invitation arrive in the mail sets the tone for an awesome event.

Decide on beverages.

Keeping an entire party hydrated can end up costing a small fortune, especially when beers and spritzers are on offer.  A simple way to ensure that you do your part is to provide water, soda pop and lemonade and ask your guests to bring the alcoholic drink they prefer with them.  It’s easier than trying to cater to everyone’s tastes.

Lastly, enjoy yourself! The entire point of hosting a whole pig roast is to spend time around the roasting box with good friends, good conversation and with good food!

Watch this video to learn a delectable whole hog roast recipe!

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How To Make A Cuban Mojo Sauce

Cuban mojo sauce

If you want to add a taste of Cuba in your grilled dishes, don’t forget to use the ever popular mojo! Experts say that this sauce originated from the Canary Islands where people have two varieties: red and green mojo which are called mojo rojo and mojo verde respectively. Originally, this sauce is made up of water, salt, local peppers, paprika, olive oil, and garlic. In other countries though, acid ingredients are also added which could range from the typical vinegar to lemon, lime and even orange. To know more about the history of this delicious barbecue essential, read this article.

Cuban Cuisine: Mojo Sauce

Mojo sauce is a delectable treat from the Canary Islands that has travelled around South American, penetrated into the southern United States, and will hopefully end up on your plate in the near future. This sauce is packed with tons of flavor and is the perfect accompaniment to a whole range of dishes. Whether you are trying to impress friends at a party with your cooking prowess or just want a quiet night in with a tasty treat this is a sauce worth learning more about.

Originally coming from off the coast of northwestern Africa, mojo sauce is usually red, orange, or green. The color changes with the main ingredients. A base of olive oil is seasoned with lots of garlic, cumin, and paprika. Additional flavor can come from citrus juice or vinegar. This basic recipe has been altered regionally. Puerto Rican mojo includes cilantro or parsley, black pepper, salt, and grated onion. In Cuba mojo has come to mean any sauce with a base of olive oil, garlic, and citrus juice.

According to the article, the mojo sauce is typically in green, orange and red. The color signifies the amount of heat the sauce has. It is no surprise that there are various alterations to the original recipe. For instance, in Puerto Rico, people add cilantro, grated onion or parsley into the mixture. So anyway, if you want to make one for your barbecue party this weekend, here’s an easy-to-follow recipe you can use. Enjoy!

Cuban Mojo Sauce Recipe

Use mojo sauce with Cuban sandwiches, boiled yucca, grilled seafood and meats, fried green plantain chips (tostones) and more. The authentic mojo is made with juice from sour oranges. It still has that little orangey taste, but its very acid and tart. You can come close by mixing equal amounts of freshly squeezed orange juice with lime juice. I prefer to add more lime juice than orange, as I like it very tart.

If you live in areas with large concentration of Latinos you will probably find bottled Mojo (Goya brand makes one) or their produce department might have the slightly bumpy, thick skinned sour oranges. I have seen recipes for mojo using cilantro in it, but that is not traditional to Cuban cuisine. This recipe makes one cup.

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