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lechon ulo on a roasting rack
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Oven-Roasted Pig Head

Lechon Ulo made easily in your oven! With super crisp skin and moist meat, this roast pig head is an interesting pork treat that's sure to be the star of the party!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Chill5 hrs 20 mins
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 823kcal


  • 1 (4 to 5 pounds) pig head
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Pour vinegar over and massage on the meat.  Rub salt, pepper, and garlic powder all over the meat.
  •  Refrigerate, uncovered and skin side up, overnight to chill.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and with paper towels, pat down surfaces of meat to completely dry. Arrange on a roasting pan fitted with a rack. 
  • Bake in a preheated 180 F oven for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. 
  • Increase temperature to 320 F and continue to cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is cooked through and browns.
  •  Increase temperature to 430 F and continue to cook for about 40 to 50 minutes or until skin is golden and crunchy.
  • Remove roast pig from oven and allow to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.



Calories: 823kcal | Protein: 108g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 370mg | Sodium: 1293mg | Potassium: 1891mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 6.8mg