More than a meal, it’s an event to roast a suckling pig. Oftentimes the pig is roasted in a wood-burning oven or outdoors, making it infeasible for most people. But this recipe from Chef Jose Garces of Amada restaurant in Philadelphia makes it doable in a home kitchen. By brining the young pig before roasting it, Garces has developed a nearly foolproof method for achieving tender, moist meat.
What to buy: Suckling pig should be ordered from a quality butcher. This recipe will accommodate a 12- to 20-pound pig, but most ovens won’t easily fit a pig that’s more than 18 pounds.
Game plan: Suckling pig has a more distinct pork flavor than most commercial pork cuts, and the taste can take some getting used to.
You’re dealing with a large amount of raw meat here, so be sure to clean up thoroughly afterward.
Take the internal temperature of the pig by inserting a thermometer into the thigh (be sure the thermometer doesn’t touch any bone).
You can use foil to hold the pig’s mouth in place during roasting or the more traditional apple.
This recipe was featured as part of our Suckling Pig for the Holidays menu.