How Much Does a Pig Roast Cost?

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A pig roast is a great way to feed a lot of guests at a party or just a summer day get together.  Most pig roasts are held by professional catering companies, but the pigs can often be purchased for those who have the necessary equipment needed to roast one.

The cost of a pig roast will depend on the size of the pig, the number of people that need to be fed, if a company is hired and the geographical location.

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How much does a whole pig roast cost?

There are two ways a catering company is going to charge when it comes to a pig roast: you will either be charged per person or one flat fee, no matter the number of guests.  Those who charge a flat rate will often tell you how many people they are going to be able to feed ahead of time. For companies that charge on a per-person basis, the cost will fall between $9 and $17 per person.  The more people that a catering company has to cook for, the less you will have to pay per person.  Note that there is often a minimum rate.

For example, the catering company,, charges $14.00 for parties under 99 people, with a minimum of 50 people.  If the party has 100 to 175 people, the rate can go down to $12.50 per person.

Andrew’s BBQ, located in Tempe, Arizona, charges $14.95 per person for a whole pineapple smoked pig.  This price is based on 100 guests.

Flat rate catering companies will often charge anywhere from $650 to as much as $2,000 per pig.  This will include the cooking, preparing the food, and the cleanup process.

For those who want to cook the pig on their own, a slaughtered pig can often be picked up at a local farm for about $200 to $500.

Pig roast overview

With a professional catering service, the pig will be delivered to an event a few hours ahead of time since it can often take upwards of eight hours to roast., for instance, says it can take up to nine hours to roast a pig.

Upon arrival, the pig will continue to roast on an open-air rotisserie style roaster until it is done; once done, it will be cut and served accordingly.  If there are any other side dishes, these will be set up as well.   The catering company, if you choose one, should include all of the equipment necessary to roast the pig, plus the serving dishes necessary to serve.  The host, depending on the caterer’s policy, may need to supply the tables, plates, chairs, cutlery, etc.

All the necessary settings such as plates, napkins and tableware will be provided, just like any other caterer.

What are the extra costs?

Many catering companies will often offer side dishes for the meal.  These dishes can include salads, fruits, cole slaw,  baked beans, cornbread, vegetables, rice, and chicken.  Each item can vary anywhere from $1 to $6 per dish, per person.

The current market conditions can often affect the price of the pig.  Plan on spending anywhere from $1.20 to as much as $2 per pound for the pig alone.

Most catering companies will deliver and set up within a certain radius.  If the delivery is outside the radius, additional fees can apply.

Cleaning fees can apply as some catering companies will only setup, serve and leave.  If a company does charge an additional cleaning fee, this can range anywhere from $50 to $100 extra.

If you are going to cook the pig on your own, a pig roaster or roasting box will be recommended.  Many local shops can rent one out for as little as $50 to $150 for the day.

Any additional staff required for larger-than-average events can cost an extra $20 to $35 per hour.

Tips to know:

Catering companies can be rather busy during the peak seasons.  If possible, try to book a pig roast as soon as possible to ensure that your date has been reserved.

While some catering companies do not do this, some can offer samples.  Try to sample a taste of their food before deciding on one.

On average, one pig can feed 100 to 125 people.

How can I save money?

There is a good chance that you will be able to find many catering companies in your area that can provide this service.  Consider talking with at least three companies to ensure that you are getting the best deal.

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