Throw a Summer Luau Party Complete with a Roasted Pig!
From a pig on a spit to tropical drinks in fishbowls, a luau party is just the ticket when it comes to extending Summer fun. Keep reading for recipes and fun ideas for your outdoor shin-dig…and bust out that grass skirt that has been collecting dust in the closet!
Hang up the tiki lights in the backyard and get ready to transport your party guests with a sensational luau party!
First off, here is how to roast a pig on a spit; it’s not a luau without one:
Start off by having your butcher prepare the pig for roasting. You can stuff the pig with fruits and vegetables (chicken is also a good option). Garlic and rosemary will also complement the natural flavors.
Baste the pig with a rub made of olive oil and the spices of your choice, then use wire or (heatproof) twine to hold the pig shut and truss the legs tightly against the body.
Puncture the skin of the pig with a knife as you would a potato. (If roasted without puncture marks to allow the grease to escape, the pig could explode.)
Insert the spit (a rotisserie rod) horizontally through the pig. The spit should enter near the pig’s thighs and exit from the mouth area. Use the twine or wire to truss the pig around the spit. Make sure the pig is well-balanced!
Prep your fire pit or grill area. If using a gas grill, place a dripping pan underneath. Be certain that your cooking temperature is between 250 – 350 degrees F.
While cooking the pig, baste it every 20 minutes until the (inside) temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Remove the spit from the heat source and let the pig rest for 30 minutes. Transfer the pig to a large surface lined with foil. Untie the pig from the spit, discarding the twine/wire. Peel off the skin and carve the meat carefully. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and serve to your party guests!
Here are some terrific sides, desserts and drink options for your tropical get-together:
Super-Duper Tropical Fruit Salad
Pina Colada Bread
Tropical Island Caramelized Pineapple Salsa
Hawaiian Pasta with Chicken and Pineapple
Tropical Shrimp Quesadillas
Sweet Potato Poi
Tropical Kiwi Punch
Key Lime Pie Martini
Tropical Milk Shakes Super Mai Tai
It’s easy to set a fun party atmosphere:
Set up flower garlands, paper lanterns and tiki torches to set the mood. Set up coconuts and pineapples on tables to add a festive vibe to the seating areas, and provide guests with grass skirts (available in a variety of colors) as they arrive. Have a hula hoop contest before dinner to set the party off right; play music with a laid-back yet fun vibe, such as the Beach Boys.
So what do you think? Can you roast a pig and host an awesome luau before Summer is over? I think you can!
Until tomorrow with some free food,