Roast Whole Suckling Pig

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time2 hours


  • 1 whole suckling pig
  • salt


  • Preheat the oven to220C/425F/Gas 7.
  • Place the suckling pig in a roasting tin, and splash all over with cold water before liberally sprinkling with salt.
  • Place the roasting tin as high up as you can in the preheated oven and roast without opening the oven door for about 45 minutes, by which time the skin should have started to crackle.
  • Turn the oven down to 190C/375F/Gas 5, and continue to roast for a further two hours and 15 minutes. By now you should have good crackling and moist succulent meat. Check whether the meat is cooked properly with a skewer – the juices should run pink but not bloody. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes in a warm place before carving.
  • Enjoy with your choice of potatoes and sides