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Pig Roasting Dilemma

Phil_A_Mignon | May 16, 2009 07:02 PM

Hosting 15 dads on Father's Day and I'm gonna roast a pig. I'm getting my pig from a guy I buy my meat from out in Lancaster County (I'm in Exton, PA). My pig will only be about 60-70 lbs. I want to slow cook this baby over charcoal/wood, but here's my problem: I don't know what roasting equipment I need or where to get it. I've looked into the outfitters who do this sort of thing and discovered that there seems to be only be two options. I could rent a huge tow-behind roaster but they are typically gas (which I don't want) and they are really meant for a 150-200 lb. hog. My pig would get lost on such a thing and (I imagine) not cook properly. The other option is to rent a 5-6 foot charcoal grill. The problem with these grills is that I have not found a company who rents a grill this big that comes with a top. It's open grilling, and would I not need an enclosed vessel to properly cook my pig? And if you're thinking "just rotisserie roast it over direct heat on that 5-6 foot grill"" (which I thought of), is there a rotisserie that would be able to support that much weight?? I know I can have certain companies out there supply and roast the pig themselves and then deliver it to me afterwards, but c'mon people, I'm on Chowhound for cryin out loud ... of course I wanna roast this thing myself in front of my guests for several hours with beers in hand. Isn't that the whole point?

Does anyone have ANY suggestions on how to go about this? And if so, who can outft me in my area? Thanks much.

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