Authentic Carbonara – the Italian OzPig way! imageAuthentic Carbonara – the Italian OzPig way! image
Authentic Carbonara – the Italian OzPig way! imageAuthentic Carbonara – the Italian OzPig way! image


Ever thought about cooking pasta on the BigPig? Well here’s an awesome recipe that’s simple to make and is jammed packed full of flavours! Originating in Rome, Italy, Carbonara has seen many variations over the years and our take pays tribute to the traditional ingredients that make it stand out from the crowd!

Your favourite (good quality) pasta – we used Fettucine

50g Pecorino Romano (a hard, salty cheese made from sheep’s milk)

120g Guanciale (cured pork cheek) – if you get stuck, use prosciutto or bacon

1x tsp course ground black pepper

2x tsp salt3x egg yolks (best quality eggs you can buy)

If you’re wondering where the cream is….you ain’t gunna find it here – forget about it!

The fat that renders from the Guanciale, mixed with the egg yolks and cheese make the perfect creamy sauce. You’re going to love it!


  • Fill the top grate on the BigPig with lit Heat Beads lump charcoal.
  • Finely dice Guanciale – there’s lot of fat in it which will render as it cooks. Here’s where a lot of the flavour lies.
  • Finely grate cheese. You can 50/50 with Parmesan if you want for extra richness!
  • Separate 3x egg yolks.
  • Combine cheese and yolks in bowl and mix for 30 seconds.
  • Boil pot of water with 2x tsp salt
  • Once water is boiling, add pasta in – don’t break it. Follow instructions in packets.Heat pan (medium) on BigPig and add Guanciale.
  • Don’t have the pan too hot otherwise you will end up with little bits of hard crackle. Medium heat is perfect to render the fat and achieve a balance of softness and crispiness.
  • Keep the fire roaring in the BigPig, too low a temperature and you will create excess smoke that will ruin the dish. Fire should burn clean throughout the cook.
  • Remove Guanciale pan from BigPig and add cooked pasta – you want to get about ¼ cup of pasta water into the final dish so there’s no need to drain the pasta – just pick it out with tongs and into the Guanciale pan. Top up with water to make approx. ¼ cup.
  • Stir thoroughly and allow pan to cook for a minute. If you add the cheese and yolk mixture when the pan’s too hot, you will scramble the eggs – don’t be that guy!
  • Add cheese and yolk mixture and stir well to incorporate.
  • Add pepper and stir.
  • Serve up!

Handy Hint: This dish is best served immediately. Adjust the ingredient quantities to suit your palette.

Product Specification Table

Specification Traveller Series 2 Big Pig
(ground to top of chimney)
160cm 154.5cm 193cm
(ground to cooking surface)
63.5cm 70.5cm 75.5cm
(side to side)
50cm 55cm 120cm
Cooking Surface 35cm x 25cm 
BBQ Plate
26cm diameter round plate &
34cm x 24cm large plate
49cm x 21cm
Removable stove top
Weight 16kg 18kg 39kg
Door Opening 26cm Diameter 26cm Diameter 41cm x 16cm 
Chimney Length 3 x 350mm pieces 3 x 300mm pieces 3 x 450mm pieces
Chimney Diameter 58mm 58mm 75mm



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Ozpig stoves are tailor made for the outdoors. We created the Ozpig with a passion for the outdoors and a love for outdoor cooking and heating. With our unique open door, open top design, we have created outdoor stoves that give you flexibility in cooking while maximizing heat for your outdoor space.


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The Ozpig is a clever Aussie invention created by a family with a love of the great outdoors. Hearty appetites and a passion for travel inspired the Shepherd family to develop a unique, multipurpose cooker that offers convenience and endless cooking options.

Great bit of kit

We have the ozpig series 2 under a patio. Only just bought the house and the pig so we haven't got it in a specific final spot just yet. But having these extra offset and pieces helps keep smell and smoke (not that there is much using nice ironbark) definitely recommend this kit for use under a patio. Plus fast and easy postage made buying them easy as. 5 Stars

Exactly what I was looking for

- I was looking for something wood-fired and portable that I could take anywhere to boil water and cook a meal on and that could also be my home BBQ. The Pig is simpler and safer than a camp fire and a great back-up at home if everything goes down. I’ve only done BBQs so far and I’m enjoying the added wood-smoke taste. Looking forward to cooking more sophisticated meals down the track.