How to Cook 30 Pounds of Pork in a Roaster

by Jeremy Hoefs

Pork roast on a chopping board.

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When it’s time to plan a large meal, a roasting oven provides the versatility to cook a large amount of meat. One of the most common types of meat served for large meals is pork. While most pork recipes require only several hours to prepare, cooking 30 pounds of pork in a roaster requires a significant amount of preparation and time. The roaster does, however, allow for easy cleanup after the event.

Set the roaster oven temperature to 400 F.

Place the 30 lbs. of pork in the roaster and pour 3 to 4 cups of liquid over the meat. You can use water or broth for the liquid.

Cook the pork for about 10 to 12 hours. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking pork for about 20 to 30 minutes per pound.

Stir or turn the pork every 45 to 60 minutes with a long-handled spoon or tongs. This helps to prevent overcooking.

Insert a meat thermometer into the middle of the meat and monitor the temperature until it reaches 145 F.

Reduce the temperature of the roaster to 200 F, or the lowest possible setting. At this point, the pork is ready to serve and the roaster will keep the meat warm during the meal.


  • Use a 22-quart roaster oven or larger for cooking 30 lbs. of pork.

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About the Author

Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.