Thanks for sharing your technique. My dad and his friend cooked it at about 290F and it cooked much faster than they thought. They removed the head before cooking it so I am sure it decreased the weight. It might have been a bad idea but it made the women squeamish. It cooked in less than 2 hours. I should have posted my question earlier, I posted it the day of New Years Eve. I did not have your advice till after the fact. I appreciate it all the same though. The pig itself is good but low heat and slow cooking would have given much better results is my opinion.