Roasted Suckling Pig

Roasted Suckling Pig


  • 1 whole suckling pig, about 20 pounds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 20 whole cloves garlic
  • 1 six-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into 1/2-inch slivers


Preheat oven to 300°F. Season pig inside and out with plenty of salt and pepper. Fill cavity with garlic and ginger. If pig fits on a single rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan, place him on the baking sheet back-up and transfer to the oven. If pig is too large, remove a rack from the oven and place on your range. Overlap two rimmed backin sheets so that they fit on the oven rack and line the whole thing with foil. Transfer the pig to the overlapped baking sheets then lift the whole oven rack and return to the oven so that the pig is in the center.
Roast until an instand read thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the shoulder blade registers at least 160°F, about 4 hours. If ears or tail begin to burn, cover with foil and continue roasting.
Increase oven’s temperature to 500°F, and cook until skin is crisp all over, for about 30 minutes longer. Remove pig from oven, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

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