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In Reply to: Re: whole hog cook posted by bbqBob on August 31, 2011 at 09:01:59:
Angle iron framing expanded steel is a good solid setup - you can wire together the edges of two frames to make a sandwich for easy turning. Just be sure to have several pairs of heavy leather gloves for the job since the steel will be HOT.
I've seen chain link fence or chicken wire used too, but there is some debate over whether or not it is a good idea to put galvanized metal in contact with food. Some claim as long as the temp is low it is fine, some say not.
Don't forget to set up some extra blocks to the side so you have a place to set the pig when you need to replenish your coals. You'll need this unless you make a pit large enough to access the fire without removing the hog. Keep the hams on the cooler end of the pit to avoid drying them out. If you want to keep him pretty you'll need to use foil to protect small bits like the ears and tail or they will burn up.
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