How To Host A Great Backyard Pig Roast Party

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The summer season is coming, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a backyard pig roast party. The question is how do you play host to the most epic summer bash of the year?

You could handle the hog roast at home, of course, if you have the necessary connections. But it’s a bit of an art, so you need to keep a close eye on the process. Otherwise, you’ll end up with raw meat and burned skin. Alternatively, you could enlist the services of a professional who can either deliver your pig roast ready to go or set up onsite to serve your roast.

The Planning

The first step to the pig roast party process is determining your guest list.

Frying pig on spit

This will help you determine the size of pig you need and how many sides, snacks, and drinks you will need. The last thing you want is to run out of food mid-bash! You can then take your guest number to a farm or butcher to get the right-sized pig or speak to a caterer about what your options are. The general rule of thumb is 1.5 pounds of meat per guest.

The Food

What roast pig would be complete without collard greens, baked beans, and coleslaw? You will need a range of sides to compliment the main dish. The key is to choose a varied selection so that all of your guests find something to suit their tastes. Variety is the spice of life. While the pig is roasting, you will want some starters to tide your guests over – cheese and crackers are a simple option, but you could opt for a salad bar, antipasto platters, bruschetta platters, or mini crab cakes.

The Cook

If you choose to roast your own pig, be sure to let it reach room temperature before you place it on the grill. You can cook the pig underground or rent a large grill. You will also need to season it, whether you opt for simple salt or prefer a dry rub. You need to season the entirety of the pig’s insides and then truss it onto a rotisserie rod for cooking. It will need to be cooked at 250 degrees for approximately six to eight hours.


Depending on the style of pig roast you’re throwing, you may want to plan some entertainment for your guests. Horseshoes and corn-hole are great games people can play as they want, a quiz can bring groups together in teams, but you can also arrange music and a dance floor for evening entertainment.

Contact DRJ Catering To Cater Your Pig Roast

Handling a pig roast on your own can be quite an overwhelming prospect, but luckily, the professionals are standing by to provide you with everything you need for a brilliant bash. Not only can we cater your entire menu, but we also provide all of the necessary utensils, dinnerware, and condiments. We proudly offer rental services for tables, chairs, tents, linens, and dance floors.

If you are planning a pig roast party let DRJ Catering handle the heavy lifting. We offer a variety of packages and options for parties of all sizes and would be happy to discuss your options. Our packages are suggestions; we offer plenty of flexibility to suit each customer’s individual needs.