1 whole suckling pig, approx. 10 pounds or more, gutted, cleaned, scraped
 and with the feet cut off
          OR
 1 very large pork roast, 10 pounds or more, rinsed
 
 1 quart white vinegar
 salt
 pepper
 granulated garlic
 
 1. Prepare the barbecue pit.  Dig a hole  2-3 feet deep by 2 feet wide.  
 Use one 15 pound bag of good-brand charcoal. Put two thirds of the charcoal
 in the bottom of the pit. If the ground is wet, line with stones first.  
 
 1. After thoroughly rinsing the pig, put it in a soup pot or large crock
 and pour on the vinegar.  Soak for 30 min. to an hour, turning twice.
 
 2.  Drain the pig and reserve  1 cup of the vinegar. Rub the pig thoroughly
 inside and out with plenty of salt, pepper and granulated garlic.  If you
 like, you can make small knife-slits in the surface of the pig and insert
 slivers of fresh garlic.
 
 3. Wrap the pig for roasting. Stack three full layers of heavy duty
 aluminum foil, tearing off pieces that are about 8 longer than the pig on
 either side. Lightly grease the inside of the foil with margarine or oil. 
 Fold the foil around the pig to make a package, ROLLING the layers of foil
 together at the seams to make a very tight seal all around. When the
 package is sealed up, wrap it again  tightly in another layer of foil.
 
 4.  Start the charcoal in the bottom of the pit. When it begins to ash
 over,  cover it with a  thin layer of medium-sized stones or a few bricks.
 Set the wrapped pig on top.  Surround the pig with the rest of the charcoal
 and get it started. When the second layer  of charcoal ashes over, turn the
 pig and fill in the hole with dirt.
 
 5.  Allow to cook in the pit for 5-6 hours, longer than that for pigs
 larger than 10 pounds.
 
 6.  Dig up the pig, remove to a platter with two spatulas,  and  partially
 unwrap it.  Test  the pig for doneness: Cut into the thigh next to the
 bone; it should be very well done (white) and pull off the bone easily.
 Check the rib cavity also to make sure that the meat is uniformly white
 (well done) and shreds easily, not pinkish.  If underdone , rewrap the pig
 and put it in a hot oven (400 degrees) for one hour or until thoroughly
 cooked.
 
 7.  Place the pig on a platter and surround with parsley and either
 radishes or candied crab apples. Carve it up and serve.
 
 Alternate excellent accompaniments for this dish are:  fresh pineapple
 slices, fruit salad, mashed butternut squash with butter and nutmeg,
 vinegar-dressed cole slaw, small whole garlic-roasted or boiled potatoes,
 “King’s Hawaiin” bread or rolls.
 
 I first enjoyed roast suckling pig prepared in this manner in San Juan, 
 Puerto Rico.  If you don't live in the country and can't dig a hole in 
 your yard, you can prepare this in a smoker.  But it must COOK for 
 *at least* 10 hours and you must replenish the charcoal supply every 
 3-4 hours throughout the process to keep the heat in the “ideal” range.
 
 Start early in the day.