Do you want to impress your friends with a flavorsome whole suckling pig? It's easier than you may think, however bear in mind you will need to start preparing it a day in advance. The key to getting moist, tasty meat is to ensure you completely cover the pig in the marinade of your choice. You can use a variety of different herbs, dry white wine, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and spices. Keep spooning the liquid over the pig as it cooks. Cook at a low temperature for several hours to prevent the skin from burning.
Things You'll Need
- Sharp knife
- Oven dish
- Container for refrigerating
- Salt and pepper
- Marinade ingredients
Score the skin of the pig with a knife so that it doesn't burst during cooking.
Rub the pig down with salt and black pepper. Place in the refrigerator and leave for a maximum of 12 hours.
Prepare the marinade in the meantime. Use garlic, lemon juice, spices and herbs to your taste and mix well. A suckling pig will usually weigh under 25 lbs, while a larger animal will typically be between 30 and 60 lbs. For a suckling pig you will need roughly 4 cups of oil and 5-6 cups of wine, vinegar or water depending on your preference. For herbs, lemon juice and onions use half a cup, and increase amounts proportionally to the weight of the pig.
Pour the marinade over the pig and refrigerate for another 12 hours, saving a cupful of the marinade for later. Turn every few hours and spoon the marinade over it.
Take the pig out of the refrigerator and fill its cavity with salt and pepper, lemon juice or a stuffing of your choice.
Put the pig on a large oven tray and pour the last of the marinade over it before placing in the oven. Turn the oven on to about 350 F and roast for roughly 5 hours. Alternatively, set the oven at a lower heat and cook longer if you want the meat to fall off the pig. Check it frequently and keep basting the pig with its juices. When you take it out allow it to rest for half an hour before slicing.
Tips & Warnings
- Olive oil, white wine, parsley, thyme, orange zest, peppers, lemon zest, onions, cumin and bay leaves are good ingredients for a marinade for suckling pig.
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