3 Creative Hog Roast ideas with Sides


I love to cook. I’m usually only cooking for one, so I make simple single-course meals. But what I really love is to cook for my friends. I get creative and combine different ideas in interesting ways to make delicious meals that almost always satisfy.

How to Cook a Roast

There are a lot of different ways to cook a hog roast, but one of the key components is keeping the meat juicy. This is best accomplished by placing the roast in a water bath to keep all the juices in. You can then hire hog roast equipment to cook the hog, it’s just a case of how to prepare and what to cook it with.

What you add to the water can have a pretty big impact on the flavor, so it’s good to consider what you are pairing the roast with. Do you want a savory side, or are you thinking of a sweeter pairing?

Apples a la Pork

Apples and pork go together like peanut butter and celery. Try cooking the roast in apple juice or cider. You can also put apple slices, cloves, and onions into the broth. This will help keep the meat nice and juicy and add a little sweetness as well.

Since you’re already cooking the roast in juice, serve it with a side dish of apples. Melt some butter in a skillet and dissolve brown sugar and cinnamon in with the butter. Add sliced apples to the mixture and sauté until the apples are soft. Slice the roast and top with the cooked apples.

Cooked Vegetables

For a healthy side choice, sauté sliced onions and mushrooms together and cook in a skillet with butter and beef stock to make gravy. You shouldn’t need to add water, as the onions will bleed theirs as they cook. In a separate pan, sauté some asparagus in butter and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pour the gravy mixture over the roast and serve the asparagus on the side.

Beer and Potatoes

You can maximize the flavor of the roast by cooking it with a couple Coronas in the broth, along with cumin, black pepper, garlic, and onions. Serve with pan-fried potatoes. Leaving the skins on, dice some potatoes into one-inch chunks, fry them in a skillet with oil or lard, and season with salt and pepper. Fry the potatoes until they are crispy and brown, and serve with the roast.

These are just a few ideas to provide you with some inspiration. For more hog roast options, check out a few of The Roasting Pig’s hog roast menus, Happy cooking!

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