Dutch's EASY-EASY (?) Pig
I lead a group of US Navy Vets here in Japan that call ourselves "Team Que~Maniacs". we cook all manner of animals for our BBQs, not just the usual fare. Pigs in a La Caja China Cuban box, steamship rounds of beef and turkeys when we don't deep-fry them. We also do whole lamb and pigs on a spit.
On Sunday July 3rd we did a pig for our annual 4th of July celebratory BBQ. This year we dedicated it to "Operation Tomodachi" (Friend) which was the relief operation that 22K+ of our US Armed Forces participated in to aid the survivors of the quake and tsunami in northern Japan. We donated close to $3K to be used in shelters still packed with homeless.
We'll be going north on July 16th to do a BBQ and Chocolate Fountain for those still in a shelter in Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture which is just north of that nuclear plant and one of the hardest hit in the quake/tsunami.
Just as a recipe interest, I brine almost everything we BBQ, such as the pig, turkeys etc. The brine can be used for your chicken, pork chops etc. which will give you VERY tender, juicy flavorful results.
FOR THE BRINE
2 qtapple cider (not juice)
1 csea or kosher salt
1 cpacked brown sugar
6 Tbspcoarse ground black pepper
4 tspdried rubbed sage
FOR THE PIG
1whole pig, 45#~60# is best
8onions cut in 8ths
4bunches of fresh rosemary
10-15cloves of garlic
·sea salt for rubbing down the inside of the pig
·olive oil for basting (infuse it w/ fresh rosemary)
How to Make Dutch's EASY-EASY (?) Pig
- First mix all the brine ingredients and let marry in your reefer.
- Rub the entire interior of the pig heavily with sea salt and fill the cavity with cut lemons, squeezed...Fresh Rosemary, onion sections and cut the garlic into thick slivers, studding all through the meat...Sew the carcass shut.
- Prepare your fire at least an hour before you intend to put the pig on, heaviest coals under where the shoulders and hams will be turning. Lined on both sides between those. None under the stomach. Baste the pig liberally with olive oil and start the turning...Drink beer.
- The pig must be cooked slowly over a fire that you can hold your hand over for about 10~12sec. DON'T try cooking it over anything hotter or you will char the outside, leaving the meat too rare.
- Continually baste it, drink beer. Replenish the charcoal as necessary. At the 6hr mark, use a probe thermometer to check in the meatiest part of the hams and shoulder. You're looking for 150^...As it rests after removing from the spit the temp will rise to about 160^ Recent USFDA guidelines have reduced the temp of cooked pork to 145^ from the traditional 165^...160^ is near to perfect. The pork will be fully cooked and still very juicy.
- Carve it up, put it on the table and stand back! Drink beer and listen to all the "OUUUUUS" and AHHHHHs!" :-)
- Reduce the amounts in the brine by 1/2 to make your brine for whole chickens, chicken breasts and pork roasts and chops...Put whatever you're brining into a Ziplock bag and into your reefer. I usually give it 6~12hrs. You will see a marked difference in the cooked product if you brine it first like this.
- I've added a bunch of pictures of other things our team does...