How to Build a Pig Spit

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How to Build a Pig Spit
Save money when spit-roasting a pig by making your own spit. (dairy pig image by Leonid Nyshko from

A spit is the rod that holds meat over a fire; it can be made from wood or metal. Most often people use stainless steel to make a spit because it is strong enough to hold both small and large carcases. Using spits to roast pigs is a popular method for feeding large crowds at luaus or backyard barbecues.

Specialised equipment is needed to spit-roast a hog and you can either buy---as of 2010, prices range from £246 to £841---or save a little bit of money by making your own spit and support system.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stainless steel pole
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Soap
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Buy a stainless steel pole that is 1 3/4 inches in diameter and at least 3-feet long. It should extend past the pit so it can be put onto a support system.

  2. 2

    Find and mark the middle of the pole. Then mark every 2 inches for 1/2 foot in both directions.

  3. 3

    Drill a 1/4-inch hole at all of the marked points. This will allow the heat to flow through the pole into the pig.

  4. 4

    Wash the pole. Then push it through the pig's mouth and out its rear end.

Tips and warnings

  • Attach the spit to a motor to make the turning process easier.
  • Use heat-resistant gloves when turning the spit; it will get extremely hot after it's placed over the fire.

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