Posted 03 January 2011   Pig Roast History

PIG ROASTING: Pig Roast Traditions and Celebrations across the Globe

Pig roasting has become the “unofficial symbol” of celebrations across the globe from Hawaii, to Puerto Rico, Cuba, the UK, and the Philippines as well as gaining popularity in the U.S.  In almost all of these cultures, pig roast has come to signify the interlacing of age-old celebratory traditions with modern-day parties.

Pig roast have always been popular in the USA Heartland farm communities from our Northern border with Canada down through Texas where families and neighbours have always enjoyed coming together to share good eating, conversation and fun.  Recently city folk with their origins from far off countries are also having pig roasts to celebrate in the old traditional ways.

Roasting pigs may not be the sight to behold to a number of people. However for those who have come to appreciate the joy of bringing back old-fashioned traditions into today’s contemporary celebrations, pig roasts truly turn any event into a festive occasion.   Pig roasting celebrations also have become milestones of special family events and quite the affairs to remember for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Graduations.

In Hawaii they have a special method of cooking their pigs in a pit which is a tradition in their Polynesian culture.  What differentiates luaus from other parties is the use of colorful flowers, fresh fruit, colorful Aloha attire, island music and dancing, and a feast that traditionally consists of roast pork, rice, fresh fruit, sweet potatoes and of course those famous Hawaiian punches!   We can help replicate that for those who have visited the island but without digging a pit.

In Cuba pig roasting has become the central event and the main course in holiday parties including Christmas as well as New Year.  Pig roasts signify the time for rekindling of ties among families as they celebrate these special occasions.  Cuban cuisine is not complete without roasting pigs during these festive celebrations. These pig roasts are marinated in sour orange juice, garlic, and salt.

Puerto Rico, like Cuba, celebrates Christmas, New Year, and other holiday parties with pig roast as the main course.  Pig roast is a national dish in Puerto Rico and served with “arroz con grandules” or rice with pigeon peas.  Lechon is always available on weekends in the mountains south of San Juan.

In the Philippines, pig roast is also called “lechon.”  These pig roasts are served with apples stuck in their mouth as adornments.  “Lechon” is served with specially-made gravy, sweet but with a bit of spice.  The most coveted part in a “lechon” is its “skin.”  The “lechon” skin is crispy and succulent.  “Lechon” is prevalent at all holiday parties including Christmas and New Year as well as other celebrations like Golden anniversary, 50th Birthday, or 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Pig roasts are commonly found in United Kingdom outdoor “show events.”   In the UK, a pig roast is referred to as a “hog roast.”  Unlike the norm here in the US, roasting pigs of over 200 lbs are common in the UK.  The hog is rubbed with salt, bay leaves, and cider and cooked on a spit or in a large oven.

Wherever it may be or whatever traditions the culture may hold, one thing remains the same, pig roasting is a “grand symbol” of celebrations all over the world and DD Pig Roasts is helping to make it possible for locals as well as immigrants to continue to preserve their customary traditions.

Click on country write ups to find out more about their respective traditions.

Note: As much as we would like to cook in the old traditional ways we do not. Our Double D method, described under Frequently Asked Questions, has been finely tuned over many years to produce the best flavor while cooked at your site..

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