How to Cook a Whole Pig in Your Backyard

Just get back from a successful wild boar hunt?  Instead of having someone else do all the work for you, here’s a DIY method of cooking the entire animal in your own backyard.  The best thing about this? – the whole process of building it and breaking it back down takes an hour, maximum.

So let’s say you have a hog, 75-125 pounds, hair removed and butterflied (cut open to lay flat).  First, make sure that your local laws allow an open fire within town limits, though most larger cities allow this if you are cooking.  Once you confirm that you are allowed to continue, you’ll need to start by collecting a few things:

  • 40 cinder blocks
  • 5′x6′ grill platform made from non-galvanized* expanded metal
  • extra-heav-duty aluminum foil
  • 1 or 2 shovels
  • half cord of firewood

*galvanized metal will emit toxic fumes

From here, follow these simple steps until the internal temperature of the hams reaches 180°.  Enjoy your backyard cookout!