Linemans pig roast

Discussion in 'Pork' started by hambone1950, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    One of the young linemen from work had a pig roast at his house and was nice enough to invite all the guys from work to attend. Our chief electrician made the rotisserie that you see in all these pictures. We called him Pitmaster Dave for the day.
    Here he is speaking to the guest of honor in pig Latin .

    I think the pig was on about 7 or 8 hours. The pit was just a cinder block rectangle with the roti setup inside. The pit would have benefited from some sort of wind blocking material , but this was what they had when I got there.

    .All in all , I think it worked pretty well. The pork was out of this world. The guys took big hunks of the hams and grilled them with BBQ sauce and also took the skin and made cracklins.....I was allowed to mop the main course....I'll tell you what , that fire was plenty hot!

    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  2. Nifty little setup - I like the gear reduction. What size motor was it? Also where are the pics of the finished product?? 
  3. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I will have to ask Pitmaster dave the technical details of the roti setup. And my camera battery gave out as that fella was cutting up the pig , so my pictures ended was like the tenderest juiciest pork roast ever. :grilling_smilie:
  4. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013
  5. nice looking pig!   how did you control temp? now I gotta do that. just need a better roti then what I had before.
  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Nice looking pig. You can make a hand crank and tell anyone getting a beer that the beer cost some time on the crank LOL
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A suggestion for moping to keep those hands comfy, in the grocery store they have really light weight mopes. They are not worth a squat to mope the floors with but they are great for an open flame BBQ.

    The one time we actually tryed turning over a pit we had a laod of trouble with two things, first even with the attachment rods going thru the meat and being wired to the main shaft we had a load of slippage, second no matter how we tried the meat always ended up in the same final position, heaviest hanging on the botton. I guess a rotissere would cure galf those problems...LOL

    I lied we also had meat falling off, we ended up having to wrap it in chicken wire to hold it all together.

    Pretty impressed you guys got thru all of that.

    Looks like you had a good time, isn't that what its all about? (I love that look on your face, "let me mope this and get get a cold beer fast to cool my fingers off".... LOL)
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  8. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    It was a very handsome pig. The short answer is we didn't really control the heat except by how much fuel we put on as we went along. I felt like at times , we were cooking at about 1000 degrees :biggrin:
    If I was in charge , I would have built the pit so that it could be covered and block the wind , which stole a lot of the heat from that fire.and that roti that dave made was the absolute bomb. Totally adjustable , very sturdy and it just turned that pig so perfectly.
  9. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I have to admit when I started mopping I thought "I could do this all day" ....after a few minutes I thought" holy crap , my hands are gonna be cooked!" It was the best cookout I've been to in ages.
  10. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Pig! Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great turnout..
    I like eman's idea of a manual rotisserie .. put by cooler and everytime someone gets drinks they rotate some... excellent way to keep people evolved!
  11. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I agree , but given that we all work for an electric utility , we had to get "Reddy Kilowatt" involved. :biggrin:
  12. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I understand. . Working for a hvac company. . Any time we camp in the summmer time im in charge of ducting window units to tents for ac at night. Not my idea of campimg.. but when its still high 90s at night.. it helps out... :biggrin:
  13. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    That's funny. And I would want that AC on too! I was a lineman ( underground cable splicer) for many years , and people always assume that I'm an electrician....but I always say " I'm an electrician the way woody woodpecker is a carpenter" very different skill set.
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking pig roast! Bet it was tasty!
  15. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    Love seeing those pics........... Thanks

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