Delicious and Tender Roast Suckling Pig

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Delicious and Tender Roast Suckling Pig
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
360 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 15, 2023

Indulge your taste buds with this mouthwatering recipe for roast suckling pig. The pig is slowly roasted to perfection, resulting in tender and succulent meat with a crispy skin. This show-stopping dish will impress your family and friends at any special occasion or celebration. Serve it with traditional side dishes and enjoy a truly memorable feast. With a total preparation time of approximately 6 hours, including marinating and cooking, this recipe requires some time and effort, but the end result is well worth it.


  • 1 suckling pig (approximately 20 pounds)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Make sure the pig is fully thawed if frozen. Rinse it thoroughly inside and out with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, salt, black pepper, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and sage to create a paste.
  4. Rub the paste all over the pig, making sure to thoroughly coat the skin and cavity.
  5. Place the pig on a large roasting pan, belly side up, and tie the legs together with kitchen twine to secure the shape.
  6. Pour the white wine and chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  7. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven.
  8. Roast the pig for approximately 4 hours, basting it with the juices every 30 minutes.
  9. After 4 hours, remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 450°F (230°C).
  10. Continue roasting the pig for an additional 30-60 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
  11. Once cooked, transfer the pig to a cutting board and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.
  12. Carve the pig into serving portions and serve hot.
  13. Enjoy your delicious roast suckling pig!

Interesting Facts

  • Roast suckling pig is a traditional dish served at many festive occasions in American cuisine.
  • In some cultures, a whole roasted pig is often seen as a symbol of celebration and abundance.
  • The slow roasting process ensures that the meat is tender and the fat renders out, resulting in a flavorful and succulent dish.
  • Using fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage adds a fragrant aroma and enhances the overall taste of the pig.
  • Pair this roast suckling pig with traditional sides like roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and homemade applesauce for a complete meal.