Pig roasting is a tradition in many countries like the islands of Hawaii. It is also a popular dish in other areas in the United States like Florida. The Cuban American often roasts pig to serve in family celebrations. In Asia like the Philippines, the celebration of fiestas and weddings would not be complete without a whole roasted pig served on the table. Roasting whole pig is a lot of work to do, but you can save money and cut the expenses by building your own pig roaster instead of buying new one. Here are easy guides on how you could make a cinder block pig roaster right in your own backyard.
Step 1: Choose a good location where you could make the pig roaster.
Roasting a whole pig will create a very hot fire pit and thick smoke would be expected. Pick a location that is away from the seating and eating areas. The right distance from structures, trees or any flammable materials is about 20 feet.
Step 2: When you already spotted the right location, create a rectangular pit that is 3 cinder blocks wide by 4 cinder blocks long.
To make the measurements visible, use a string or spray paint and mark the space out before you start building. If the spot is covered by grass, remove the grass by shoveling it out from the area. After marking the area, write down the exact measurement and go to your local home improvement store and buy a piece of aluminum sheet in this size.
Step 3: Use an aluminum sheet.
Place the aluminum sheet in the area where you will be building the pig roaster. The sheet will provide protection for the ground below the pit. If you have a pile of gravel or dirt available, use this instead of buying an aluminum sheet.
Step 4: Shape your pig roaster.
Create a rectangular shape pit by laying out the first level of your cinder blocks. Make a base for the first short side. Place the first long side by lining up the first cinder block so that the corner edge meets the corner edge of the first short side cinder block. You have to create an upside down “L” shape by laying cinder blocks until you’ve made a rectangular shape.
Step 5: Make the second level.
This can be done by laying out your pit with slightly staggering cinder blocks. Put these blocks on top of the first layer. The design should be similar to building a brick wall. When the second level is finished, line the inside of these blocks using aluminum foil. The bottom and inside sides of the pit should be covered with foil. The top of the cinder block should also be wrapped over slightly so that the next layer of blocks could hold them in place.
Building a cinder block pig roaster is very easy to make, you only need a few hands to help you out. This is like hitting two birds in one stone because you will be enjoying the day of pig roasting with family and friends around in your own backyard, at the same time you also get the chance to enjoy the fire during cold and windy days. Pig roasters s could also be a wonderful fire pit to warm you up. Happy grilling!