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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST
To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.
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I've seen and feasted on whole lambs cooked in both my Dad and Uncle's ovens. Both were major successes. Just make sure your opening is big enough to fit the widest part of whatever beast you are stuffing in there. I'm going to install a spit system in my oven somehow. I'm thinking of building a spit rod accepter into the back wall and running a geared down electric motor from the oven landing. I'm also thinking of buying a bunch of helicopters though, so don't count on it.. Probably work though..
There is a long time since I saw an entire pig being baked in a brick oven.
The pig was perfectly cleaned by a wide vertical opening from the chest to the end of the stomach.
The oven was heated by a couple of hours. The correct temperature was indicated by use of a newspaper, that was left in the cleaned oven hearth (with the fire and coals out). When the paper browns, without be in fire, the temperature should be ok.
I did not do this temperature test in my oven since I have 8 thermocouples installed in it (I promise I will next time), however I am supposing that could be nearly of 250 °C (482°F).
The pig was baked by nearly of two hours, until perfectly dry and brown.
I could recall that the cooker takes the pig a couple of times to check the pig skin and meat.
We have done a number of roast lambs legs and shoulders over wood fire in a masonary BBQ with front opening. It was done on a rack above the fire and turned regularly.
The initial lamb is pierced with a knife and garlic slices inserted...as to your liking. The lamb is marinated ahead of time in a olive oil and wine emulsion done with rosemary and thyme. Overnight has worked for us.
I will either put it on a rack in my oven or in a dish. I've seen the Spanish use their terra cotta dishes for all types or roasting and stews. Maybe 1/2 a suckling pig too!
Throw some fresh rosemary in your oven. Adds some of life's spice to the air and the food. ( I do it for my open fire paellas, most appetizing and I'm sure it's going to be great inside the oven when we do our first lamb this month)