If you like to show off your cooking skills, load a whole pig on your Traeger grill -- you don’t need a spit to go whole hog. A whole roasted pig will make your gathering epic and it’s completey feasible with this roasted pig tutorial.
Smoke that baby low and slow all day long, and let the hardwood smoke kiss every inch with delicious hardwood flavor. This pig roasting method takes about 36 hours, from prep to finish, so holler for your favorite friends and get the party started. The crowd will go wild for primal wood-fired pork.
Roasted pork is wonderful in pulled pork sandwiches or chopped and topped with BBQ sauce and accompanied by coleslaw or beans.
How to Roast a Pig on a wood-fired grill:
1. Pick up a whole, gutted, and hairless pig from your butcher shop. A 65-pound pig will feed about 150 people and yields 35 pounds of cooked pork.
2. Remove the pig feet at the knee from the shin down to fit the whole hog inside a Pro 34 or larger size grill. For smaller wood-fired grills, select a smaller pig or remove the head.
3. Coat the entire pig, inside and out, with yellow mustard. Use about half of a bottle to create a sticky surface for seasoning to adhere to.
4. Create your own BBQ pig rub or select one from our delicious flavors. Prime Rib Rub or Pork and Poultry Shake tastes great on pork.
5. Rub about 2/3 of the BBQ rub bottle over the entire pig from snout to curly tail.
6. Slice just below the skin on the upper part of the backbone to expose the back and add mustard and rub between the meat and skin to give it a deeper flavoring. The salt in the rub will penetrate the meat and allow the spices to sink into the whole hog.
7. Preheat your Traeger by setting it to Smoke for about 5 minutes with the lid open. Then set the temperature to a low cook temperature just above smoke, about 225 degrees F, and continue pre-heating the wood-fired oven with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Put the pig on the grill and cook it low and slow for 5 hours.
9. Increase the grill temperature to 325 degrees F and continue roasting the pig for an additional 2 to 3 hours, or until grill meat probes or a temperature probe stuck in the pork shoulder registers an internal temperature of 205 degrees F.
10. Remove the pig from the grill, pull chunks of pork from the pig, and roughly chop it into chunks.
11. Mix in some of the remaining rub to flavor. Add a bottle your favorite Traeger BBQ sauce, and serve on your favorite buns. With a whole roasted pig you can eat the crackling or pig skin, it has amazing flavor.
13. To give your BBQ sauce some originality, smoke the pig feet, then cook them in a pan on the grill in the BBQ sauce to add a robust flavor to the sauce.
Roasting Note: If you’re cooking a smaller pig, it will take about 4 to 6 hours to roast a whole pig, but always determine when it’s finished cooking by the internal temperature.