This fine pig roasting machine belongs to my fishing camp neighbor Hubert Scallan. He owns and operates Scallan's Auto Glass in Ball, Louisiana. If you pass through Ball, stop and tell Hubert that you saw his pig roaster on the Internet. It'll blow his mind. Hubert designed this roaster to load easily into the back of a pickup truck. He made it from galvanized roofing tin screwed to welded-together angle iron. For reference, the V's on the roofing tin are 1 foot apart. |
The wire cage pig-holder isn't plain ole folded fence wire. It's welded-together metal trays of some kind or other. The turning rod, the rod through the wire cage, isn't a plain ole iron rod. It's stainless steel. It turns on ball bearings. There's a pulley on the left end of the turning rod. Normally, a V-belt travels from that pulley down to an electric motor/gear drive unit which sits on the stainless steel rod you can see protruding at the lower left. The unit is adjustable. It can turn the wire cage from about 0.1 rpm to about 10.0 rpm. Hubert sets it to turn the pig about 1 rpm. (Hubert either took the motor/gear drive unit home to keep someone from stealing it or someone stole it.)
Here's construction info:
The only thing not portable is the iron pole you can see to the left and slightly in front of the pig roaster. Out on the end of the pole's arm, a rotisserie salvaged from a portable grill turns the pig, which is sandwiched between folded up fence wire dangling from 2 small chains attached to the rotisserie. An 18 inch in diameter sheet metal shield protects the rotisserie's electric motor from heat damage.
In order to apply sauce or to change the pig's position, you simply grab the wire or a chain with a gloved hand and pull the pig away from the fire. The iron pole turns in the ground and out moves the pig.
Simple and cheap design, huh? If you need construction info for some reason, Tommy's pig roaster is 6 ½ feet tall, 5 feet deep, and 5 feet wide.
If I run across an interesting pig roaster design during my travels, I'll take some photos and add them to this page. Wow! Counting Shoat Evan's Cajun microwave, y'all now know how to made 3 different pig roasters. Ain't it amazing the things you learn in juke joints?