A pig roasting event can be so much fun to do, but somehow a difficult task that requires time and money. Pig roasting in the comfort of your own backyard is a perfect way to have a big get together party with family and friends. A roasted pig can feed a large number of visitors with relative ease and is considered as the essence of summer. The only problem that one can encounter in pig roasting is the device to be used in this kind of cooking, because pig can’t be roasted using an average backyard barbecue grill. A whole pig needs a homemade pig roaster that is not only limited to roasting pigs. With just a few pieces of equipment, you can already make a portable pig roaster right in your own backyard.
Step # 1: You need to prepare the necessary materials and equipment.
The list should include items such as steel rods or pipes, 55 gallon drum and saw. You will also need 2 heavy duty brackets, a rivet gun, grate, metal sheeting, and blowtorch.
Step #2: The diameter of the rod or shaft should be measured to be used as a spit.
Get the drum cylinder and cut a hole in the center of each end of the drum. The measurement of the hole should have the same diameter as that of the spit. Make the bottom and top of the roaster by cutting the drum in half using a saw. Cut the drum in half lengthwise.
Step # 3: After cutting, choose which side of the drum you want to make as the roaster bottom part
It doesn’t matter which side you choose. Use rivets or welding equipment in attaching 2 heavy weight brackets about a quarter of the way from each end. Measure the distance of the bracket replacement. Use the welding equipment again to measure the distance of the bracket placement on the bottom side of the roaster. Put together the other side to the exact same location on the top half of the roaster.
Step # 4: Make holes into the floor of the roaster bottom.
You can do this by drilling to make the ventilation. The number of holes you make will depend upon the size of the drum you are using. Just make enough holes that could create ventilation during the cooking process. For a 55 gallon drum, 20 holes are enough.
Step # 5: Make a grate that could hold the charcoal.
This can be done by cutting a grate to fit into the roaster bottom. Make a handle by bending a piece of metal sheeting and attach by welding it in place on the roaster top. If you want the door to be open as needed, you can attach a steel rod or pipe to prop the door.
Step # 6: Put the roaster on the frame.
You can choose where to mount the roaster, like for example on the trailer. The frame should be made of rectangular steel where the roaster can sit comfortably. Be sure it is sturdy to avoid wobbling while you are cooking. And remember, you will be cooking a whole pig here. If everything is ready, you can now put charcoals at the bottom of the roaster and place the spit into the notches.
Building your own portable pig roasters is so easy to do. You just need a little help transporting and handling the materials needed to make the device. The process itself is not so complicated for as long as there are a few friends who are willing to help you.