If you’re wondering how to roast a whole piglet then you’re in the right place. This is not your average recipe: this piglet is stuffed with all sorts of goodies, and makes for a very impressive meal! Watch the entire video below, follow the guide, and try it at home… but be prepared because you may be blown away…
While preparing the piglet for this recipe you will need some tools, namely
- a very sharp meat knife
- a meat cleaver
If you do not have access to these, read through the guide and ask your butcher to prepare the piglet for you.
How To Roast A Whole Piglet (Spit Roasted Lechon)
Step one: In order to stuff the piglet, we will need to make room for the stuffing. to do this, use a sharp knife to separate the rib cage from the meat all the way around to the spine. Using a meat cleaver, cut the backbone below the head on one side, and above the “waist” on the other.
Step two: preparing the stuffing. You can use about everything to stuff your piglet, but no matter what you use, you will need a lot of it. For a 15.5 lb piglet (used in this video), the stuffing should weigh about 10 lbs in total. In this recipe we ‘re using
- 5.5 lbs of pork sausage (casings removed)
- 4.5 lbs of pulled pork (recipe can be found here)
- a whole fennel head (diced)
- 5 Tbsp of fine chopped Thyme
Before adding the stuffing, season the piglet’s insides with your favorite BBQ rub. Then place about 4/5 of the stuffing inside the pig.
Start sawing the piglet shut, using butchers twine and a trussing needle (a knife or a skewer will do the trick if you don’t have one). Holes in the pig skin should be about 1 inch apart. While you start tightening the twine, add more stuffing where needed to make sure the piglet is nice and full.
Next, onto the smoker! Cook the stuffed piglet (optional: apple in mouth) over indirect heat at 320°F. Cook until internal temperature reaches 125°F. About halfway there, rub the skin with olive oil for a great color.
Then it is time to move to the spit. If your gas/electric smoker has a back burner, turn that on. Cook until internal temperature hits 150°F.
Pull the piglet off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes. And that’s how to roast a whole piglet!