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From Fire To Feast: Everything You Need To Know About Spit Roasts

Spit Roast

What is a spit roast?

A spit roast, also known as rotisserie cooking, is a method of cooking where meat is skewered on a long metal rod called a spit and slowly rotated over an open fire or heat source. This traditional technique has been used for centuries to prepare succulent and flavourful roasts.

How long does it take to prepare/cook a spit roast?

The cooking time for a spit roast can vary depending on several factors, including the type and size of the meat, the heat source, and personal preferences for doneness. Generally, spit roasting requires patience as it is a slow and gradual cooking process. A whole animal, such as a pig or lamb, can take several hours to cook thoroughly. As a rough estimate, you can expect a spit roast to take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, or even longer for larger animals. It's crucial to monitor the internal temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the desired level of doneness and is safe to consume.

The preparation time for a spit roast may also involve marinating or seasoning the meat in advance, which can add additional hours or overnight preparation. Ultimately, the time invested in a spit roast is well worth it, resulting in tender, juicy, and flavour-packed meat that will impress your guests.

Why are spit roasts such a popular catering choice?

Spit roasts have gained immense popularity as a catering choice due to several compelling reasons. Firstly, they offer a unique and memorable dining experience, combining the spectacle of the roasting process with the tantalizing aromas and flavours of perfectly cooked meat. The visual appeal of a rotating spit roast as the centrepiece creates an engaging and interactive atmosphere for everyone. Additionally, spit roasts cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences, accommodating both meat lovers and vegetarians with various options available. They are also highly versatile, suitable for both casual gatherings and formal events, such as weddings or corporate functions.

Furthermore, spit roasts allow for large quantities of food to be prepared and served efficiently, making them ideal for catering to large groups. Ultimately, the combination of sensory appeal, versatility, and the ability to cater to diverse dietary needs makes spit roasts a popular choice that guarantees guests a memorable and satisfying dining experience.

Hog Roasts

The importance of quality-sourced meats

When it comes to a spit roast, the importance of quality sourced meats cannot be overstated. The meat is the star of the show, and using high-quality cuts ensures a remarkable culinary experience. Quality-sourced meats, obtained from reputable suppliers, offer several advantages.

Firstly, they guarantee superior taste and tenderness, as the animals are raised with care and fed a nutritious diet. This results in rich flavours and juicy textures that make every bite a delight. Additionally, quality meats are free from hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful additives, promoting not only healthier consumption but also peace of mind for friends and family.

Sourcing meats with traceability back to farms further ensures transparency and accountability, allowing customers to know the origin of the meat they are enjoying. By prioritizing quality sourced meats for a spit roast, catering companies can elevate the overall dining experience, leaving a lasting impression on guests and creating a reputation for excellence. This is why here at High On The Hog we only use produce that has full traceability back to the farms.

How do I choose the right meat for my spit roast?

When choosing the ideal meat for your spit roast, there are a few key considerations that can help you make an informed decision. Firstly, think about the flavour profiles that you and your guests enjoy. Are you craving the succulent and slightly sweet flavours of roasted pork? Or perhaps the tender and delicate taste of lamb appeals to you. If you prefer something more versatile, beef or poultry options like chicken can be excellent choices. Secondly, consider the size of your gathering and the cooking time available.

For larger events, whole animals such as pigs or lambs can make a grand centrepiece and provide ample servings. If you're hosting a smaller gathering, opt for smaller cuts like roasts or chickens that can be equally flavourful and potentially cheaper for a smaller event. It's worth discussing your preferences and any dietary restrictions with the catering company, as they may offer vegetarian or vegan options to accommodate diverse needs.

Here at High On The Hog we take the time to advise you on the best possible catering option for your event. At our catering company, our team is committed to surpassing your expectations by delivering delicious food that goes above and beyond for your event. we offer the following spit roast options: Hog, Lamb, Venison, Chicken or Beef.

Outdoor Spit Roast

What sides should I choose to accompany a spit roast?

When it comes to choosing the perfect sides to accompany a spit roast, there are numerous delicious options to enhance the overall dining experience. Popular options include a variety of fresh and vibrant salads, such as crisp garden salads, tangy coleslaw, or refreshing Mediterranean-style salads with feta cheese and olives. Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as seasonal root vegetables or charred corn on the cob, are great for adding texture and flavour.

You can't underestimate the importance of sauces and condiments to complement the meat—creamy garlic aioli, zesty barbecue sauce, or tangy chimichurri can elevate the flavours even further. Additionally, warm bread rolls or rustic artisan bread can be served on the side, perfect for mopping up juices and creating delicious mini sandwiches.

Why not take a look at our options for sides listed on our spit roasts page.

Fresh Salad

Are spit roasts worth it in terms of price?

Cost is always an important consideration for the customer, however, we are firm on the belief that spit roasts provide excellent value for the quality and experience they deliver. Spit roasts offer a unique and engaging culinary spectacle that creates a memorable and enjoyable dining atmosphere for guests. The costs will depend on various factors, including the size of your event, the type and quantity of meat selected, additional sides and accompaniments, and any additional services such as crockery & glassware hire.

At High On The Hog, our pricing is transparent and reflects the high-quality ingredients, meticulous preparation, and professional service that we provide. We work closely with our clients to customize packages that suit their specific needs and budget. Our goal is to ensure that every penny spent on our spit roast catering is well worth it, delivering exceptional flavours, succulent meats, and an unforgettable dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

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