Roast Suckling Pig

Discussion in 'Pork' started by chris zimmerman, May 15, 2013.

  1. I picked up a 25lb suckling pig today and I am going to be cooking it in a Charlbroil 1280 offset smoker/grill.  I have a few questions if anyone has the experience and time to want to answer them.

    Should I be putting the charcoal in the offset portion to build up the heat?

    Should I wrap the pig in tinfoil? Perhaps removing it at the end and turning up the end to crisp up the skin?

    If I tinfoil it, how should I turn it and how often? Perhaps some silicon/kevlar gloves and just turning it by hand?

    I'm thinking I'm going to go with a Cuban style mojo marinade. With Platanos Fritos, black beans and rice. To keep the Cuban theme going :)

    This is my first time doing anything like this and even grilling, so any opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance!

  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Let us know how it turns out!   This is on my list to smoke... i saw a video where someone curled  a 23 lber on a WSM and it turned out awesome, i'll do mine on the drum smoker. 

    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Wish I could help you but I am in the same camoe as you! I have the opprotunity to get a' whole hog' but not sure how to do it right! Will be watching to see how it comes out. Hopefully someone will be along soon to help us both! Best of luck!

    Last edited: May 16, 2013
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Foiling Juice

    1T Pork Rub, yours

    1/2 Stick Butter 

    1/2C Cane Syrup... Dark Corn Syrup...or Honey

    1/4C Apple Cider...or Juice

    1T Molasses

    Optional, but I added...

    2T Vinegar, 1T Mustard and 2T Ketchup to make it slightly more Tart and no further BBQ Sauce was needed.

    For a Sweet Finishing Sauce for Pulled Pork:  Make a Double batch, Butter optional or do as I do...Use the Smoked Pork Fat from the drip pan...

    At 205* rest or hold the Pig in a cooler wrapped in towels until ready to serve.

    Pull the Pork and place it back in the pan and add Foiling Juice to moisten and Serve...OR... Bag and refrigerate until needed.

    When re-heating place the Pulled Pork in a Pan or Crockpot and add reserved Foiling Juice or Apple Cider, as needed to make up the Juice that was absorbed while  the pork was refrigerated. Cover and re-heat in a pre-heated 325-350*F oven or on High in the crockpot to 165*F and Serve.

    Note: the addition of the reserved Foiling Juice or Apple Cider should make the PP moist but not Swimming.

    JJ's Finishing Sauce

    2C Apple Cider Vinegar

    2T Worcestershire Sauce or more to taste

    1/4C Brown Sugar

    1T Smoked Paprika

    2 tsp Granulated Garlic

    2 tsp Granulated Onion

    2 tsp Fine Grind Black Pepper

    1 tsp Celery Salt

    1 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Chipotle powder. Add more if you like Heat.

    1/2 tsp Grnd Allspice

    Combine all and whisk well. Let rest, at room temp, 30 minutes for the flavors to meld together.

    Note: Either one can be adjusted to your taste. Add Sugar, Vinegar and/or Cayenne to get what you like...
    Last edited: May 16, 2013
  5. Thanks Chef JimmyJ :)

    I suppose the only confusion/indecision I have is really in regards to the charcoal placement. I don't really want to smoke the pig as much as roast/grill it. Perhaps putting my coals in the top part perhaps in the corners? Then even laying them all along the bottom during the last part to crisp up the skin. Does this sound like a good/bad idea to you guys?

    Chris Zimmerman
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Chris you can put the Coals in the main chamber but controlling temp will be more difficult. Additionally the Pig will be fairly close to the heat. Putting small piles in the corners will help cook the Shoulders and Hams before the Loins get to over cooked and dry. The benefit will be near the end you can lay a full chimney across the length and crisp the skin. This may help...JJ
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    DUH!!! I just re-read your post...You are going Cuban so the two Recipes I posted are not going to be of any use. Oh well try them another time on some Butts...JJ
  8. No worries. It looks like a great recipe. :)  I'll defer to your expertise and use the side chamber. Speaking of heat distribution. Perhaps I should throw in some bricks along the bottom?
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chris, morning..... I've roasted a pig before.... About 125#....  I recommend cooking slowly on indirect heat until you get the IT up to 160 ish.... As you are cooking it, the skin will want to pull away from the meat...   Poke holes in the skin to let the fat run out or the skin will completely fall off the pig....   When the pig has made IT, remove and let rest.....   remove the meat and put the skin back on the grill to crisp up...  I have even rolled the pig in butchers twine to hold it together...  Don't worry about the meat drying out.... the skin keeps the fat in and it keeps everything moist....  It was the best pork I ever had....

    Oh yeah, if you can, sandwich the pig between two screens for easy turning...  It makes life a lot easier...  better yet, devise a "spit" to turn it on...  then you will need to roll it in butchers twine for sure...  and re tie periodically during cooking... or add more string as the meat shrinks... 

    All of this is assuming you are not splitting the pig in 2 halves... 

  11. Well shoot, He just thawed out in the fridge so I thought I'd give a go at putting him in the oven. Looks like the little guy fits :D Kind of an anti-climatic end to the thread, but Im going to give it a try that way. I'll definitely still post pics as to how it comes out :)
  12. Awesome!! Very helpful. Thanks JJ
  13. Stop making me hungry. Alas I only have sausages. Lots of sausages.
  14. This is his video. I saw it too and said to myself that if he can smoke a suckling on that small a grill, I surely can do the same size on my offset. The only thing is do I put charcoal in the cooking chamber to cook it or just pile up the firebox real high with charcoal to get the same affect? Thoughts anybody?

  15. gibbocore

    gibbocore Newbie

    Hey guys, sorry to dig up an old thread, but i have a char griller smokin pro and would love to smoke a suckling pig, i cant see too many issues other than getting the skin crispy, any tips other than removing it and popping it in the oven.
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beware of starting a fire..... I have roasted whole pigs.... once the fat starts melting, if it hits something hot, stand back.....
  17. jbills5

    jbills5 Meat Mopper

    As chef JJ mentioned, the loins will get done quicker than the shoulder and ham.  One thing you can do is pack some sausage under the loin and that will keep them from cooking too quickly and can help even out the cook.
  18. Gibbocore, you didn't say whether you have the offset cooker for that CharGriller. If so, keen your fire it it, and the pig in the main chamber.

    If not, I'd set it up for indirect cooking by running a row of coals lengthwise along both the upper and lower walls. Then set the piglet in the center, so it isn't directly over the coals. That should do ya.

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