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