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Crisp Roasted Pig's Head


Very good tasting! Outstanding!















1 each pigs' head
2 tablespoons salt
½ cup brown bean sauce
¼ cup bourbon
1 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chinese five spice powder


Remove any hair on head by singeing over an open flame or plucking as needed.

Scrub well (using a vegetable brush, if desired) and then sprinkle with lots of salt, rubbing it into the skin.

Rinse well with cool water; pat dry. Remove any excess fat.

Place head in a colander in the sink and pour a kettle full of boiling water over. Let cool.

Combine the 5-spice powder, salt, bean sauce and bourbon.

Slash the meat on underside of head and rub half of the spice mixture into the meat.

Rub the remaining spice mixture onto the skin. Place head upright on a rack in a large baking pan.

Bake at 375℉ (190℃) F for 1½ hours.

Lower heat to 325℉ (160℃) and continue cooking for an additional 2 hours, or until the meat is cooked through, basting the skin well every 30 minutes with the honey-water mixture.

If ears begin to brown too quickly during cooking period, wrap them with foil.

When head is done, remove to platter and garnish with watercress or coriander.

Chop head into pieces and serve with sweet vegetable relish or plum sauce.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Where and what are the five spices???

over 13 years ago


Five spice powder can be found in the spice section of some grocery stores or bulk goods store (eg. Bulk Barn). You might even find it in the Chinese section of grocery stores.

Here's a recipe to make your own five spice powder.

over 13 years ago


i am thinking of doing a head. can i leave the tounge in and after 3hrs are the brains cooked enough to eat

over 13 years ago

Typically in the US the brains are removed from the head if you buy it from a local farm that raised pastured pigs for sale.

LisaUnited States
- over 1 year ago


what is brown bean sauce?

over 12 years ago


A popular, rib-sticking noodle dish from Northern ChinaBrown bean sauce is found in jars at most Asian markets. Names of other sauces often used in this dish include yellow bean paste, broad bean sauce, sweet noodle sauce and hot bean paste.

over 12 years ago

very good tasting outstnding

over 9 years ago

snoutstanding recipe

over 8 years ago


The butcher wouldn't leave the skin or ears on my pig heads :( what is the best way to roast the whole head with out the skin?

about 8 years ago

You need a different butcher. Try local carnicería (most Mexican, Dominican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan neighborhoods) and you'll have no trouble finding pig, sheep, goat, even cow head.

- about 1 month ago

What is the honey and water mix ?

over 5 years ago

Mix a cup of boiling water and a cup of honey together until dissolved, then use it to baste the head.

New Zealand

What the bourbon for?

almost 5 years ago

Read the instruction.

Does yeld mean servings per person per pigs head or....?

almost 4 years ago

Mhhh so delicious

almost 3 years ago

Why do you rub the salt in ... and THEN rinse it? Doesn't that take away all the salt you just applied?

over 2 years ago


- 4 months ago

United States

Do you cook it with the brain and eyes intact?

over 2 years ago

Im thinking of giving head to my guests.

8 months ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 51g (1.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 850% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1165mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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