For thousands of years when people held important feasts food was a big part of the celebrations. At these events, hundreds of attendees had to be fed.
Providing food in large quantities is never easy, which is why roasting a whole hog on such occasions became a popular tradition. A whole roasted pig looks impressive, tastes great and will easily feed a hundred people, so it is the perfect solution. This is probably why archaeologists have found evidence of pig roasts dating back thousands of years.
Prehistoric hog roasts
In 2015, a team from the University of Wales uncovered the remains of a hog roast feast that dated back to prehistoric times. It is likely that the meat was cooked in a pit. However, the hogs used had been quartered, so it is also possible that it was roasted over an open fire or embers.
In China, and some other parts of the world, the hog is cooked in an above ground oven that is built from blocks. A fire is built in the bottom, and the pig is wrapped and laid inside on top