Not To Roast Holiday Pig
By JOHN M. DERBY
January 11, 2018
Roasting pig or a goat is common in Mexico, however, like
everything in cooking, there is a learning curve, and some
of our good friends are still in the curve.
It has become a tradition to hold a New Year’s Day
roast, and a pilot who purchased one of the homes on the
beach started it out by digging a deep pit on the beach
and making a fire in it before combining a number of different
meats in a barrel and cooking them overnight.
Being a pilot, he had thought of everything but when he
opened the pit the next day, the fire was out and the meat
was uncooked. What he failed to notice was that the tide
came in around midnight and drowned out the coals in the
Things were a little frantic and the dinner was about two
hours late as he was rounding up barbecues to cook the meat
in a more traditional fashion.
It was not the first attempt at a pig roast which failed.
Years ago, the whole park was invited to a pig roast and
camp out on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. The
pig roast plan went south, when the farmer showed up with
the pig which was twice the size of the barbecue which the
chef had planned to use.
No problem! One of the town’s welders was asked to
build a barbecue big enough to handle the pig. He was able
to do this by cutting a 50 gallon metal barrel in half and
then rigging a spit to a 12 volt windshield wiper motor
with a bicycle chain which rotated the animal all night
Unfortunately the chef, left the one-inch thick layer of
fat on the animal, and by noon the next day, it was no where
near being cooked. Once again the meat had to be cut to
size and cooked in a normal manner. Dinner was late, however,
the hunger of the guests was well primed.
So it was with this most recent attempt at cooking pig,
that the pilot and now an accomplice set about to cook a
pig which would be supreme. It was in a metal drum, far
from the shoreline and the pig was being cooked solo, so
its flavor would not be mingled with the goat and lamb which
were also on the menu.
The fire was lit the night before and at 2 a.m., after the
New Year’s Eve had been well celebrated, the pig was
placed in a metal drum and left to work on itself for about
About an hour before the dinner was to be served, the pilot
and friend dug the drum out of the pit and opened it.
To their surprise, there was nothing but charred bones and
ashes where was once a barrel full of pig meat.
They were still in shock as they told their guests that
the pig had been completely incinerated.