When you’re throwing a party, it is important to have plenty of food for everyone whether you invite six people or 60. Pork dishes are a crowd pleaser at almost any event. You can even build your party around a single pork-based dish to really impress your friends.
A long-standing tradition from the American South to the Caribbean to Hawaii to Asia, a hog roast takes the whole hog and roasts it on a spit. A spit is essentially a rotisserie over an open flame. When purchasing the hog, anticipate about half a kilogram per guest; each pound shrinks to 2/5ths of a kilogram when cooked. Be sure to buy a hog you can actually carry. Younger hogs’ meat is more tender while older hogs’ meat tends to be fattier.
Keep the pig cool in an ice bag until cooking time, then put it on the spit, which you can hire from a restaurant supply company. Season it with salt, then carefully put it on the spit. Some spits have a hand-powered crank; others have a motor.
Cook it slowly to avoid burning. When the skin crackles, the meat is fully cooked. Slather on some barbecue sauce (with either a tomato or vinegar base) and serve it with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli.
Alternately, you can hire a hog roast caterer in Northampton or one local to you to do it while you socialize with friends and family.
Another time-tested American Southern barbecue dish is pulled pork. Easy to make and extremely delicious, it is usually made from pork tenderloin.
Like most pork dishes, you need to cook it for a long time to make the meat moist and juicy. Soak the meat in a salt water brine overnight to retain moisture, which heat reduces. A slow cooker is the best method for heating it, and it usually takes a few hours at a low or medium temperature. Add barbecue sauces and spices and serve it on a hamburger roll. It goes great with egg salad. You may be surprised to know that there are also companies that specialise in pulled pork catering to take the responsibility away from yourself.
Grilled Pork Chops
Sometimes a simple, small barbecue can be the most effective choice of all than to serve grilled pork chops. Season them with salt and paprika, then fire up the grill and let them cook. Grill each side gently for about 5-6 minutes, then turn them over and let them cook for the same amount of time. Grill them all the way through to prevent trichinosis. Serve with a vegetable such as an asparagus or cauliflower.
These are the UK’s three favourite pork dishes and options for catering. Which one is yours?