Roast Suckling Pig Recipe

  • 1 (12 pound) dressed suckling pig
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced
  • 8 ounces sliced bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 red apple, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse the pig, and tie the front legs together with heavy string. Tie the back legs together also. Make numerous slits in the skin, and insert slices of butter, followed by cloves of garlic. Generously rub the entire pig with salt first, then the Cajun seasoning, including inside the cavity. Lay strips of bacon across the back and secure to the sides with toothpicks.
  3. Place the pig in a large roasting pan and pour in the apple cider. Cover the ears and snout of the pig with aluminum foil to prevent scorching.
  4. Roast for 7 hours in the preheated oven, basting every hour or so with the drippings. If the pan begins to dry out, add more cider or water. To serve, remove to a platter, and place the apple in the pig's mouth. Discard the aluminum foil from ears and snout.