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How to Cook Roasted Pig Ham

This recipe can be used also if you are roasting a whole pig or pig's head.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Pork Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: roasted pig, roasted pig ham
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Manny


  • Get a fresh/raw ham from your butcher; have them leave the skin on.
  • 1/2 cup Kosher/sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cane vinegar
  • 2-3 gallons of water

Preparation needs:

  • 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket
  • Aluminun Foil

Cooking Needs:

  • Large BBQ Grill
  • Foil cake pan
  • Charcoal
  • Meat thermometer



  • In a large pot put 1 gallon of water, salt, sugar, pepper, Bay leaves, and vinegar. Heat over low heat until sugar and salt dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature. Place Ham in the bucket, pour in marinade and add in water until ham is covered, cover bucket with foil and put in ice box overnight.

Cooking the roasted pig ham:

  • Place charcoal in BBQ grill and light, wait 20 min. move charcoal to the sides of the grill and place foil pan in the bottom of grill, with the coals on both sides of the pan and place on the top grill rack, fill pan half full with liquid from the bucket.
  • Remove the ham from the bucket and place on the grill large side down. Cook for 4 to 6 hrs, adding 5 or 6 coals, to each side every 30 min. check the meat with a meat thermometer, when you get a reading of 160 degrees Celsius at the center of the ham it’s done. Remove from grill and allow resting for 20 min. then carve and enjoy.