A La Caja China pig roast is perfect for any special occasion. This traditional Cuban dish will impress your guests whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or an intimate dinner party.
If you've never cooked a whole pig before, don't worry - it's pretty easy. All you need is a Caja china (a large box made of Chinese-style mahogany), charcoal, and a few simple ingredients.
What is a Caja China?
A Caja china is a type of box used for cooking whole pigs. It is made of wood or metal and has a lid that can be sealed shut. The Caja china is placed over hot coals, and the heat from the coals cooks the pig evenly from all sides.
What Kind of Pig Should I Buy?
When buying a pig for roasting, you'll want to get one weighing between 20 and 40 pounds. Anything larger than that will be too difficult to fit in Caja china, and anything smaller won't be enough to feed all your guests.
How Do I Prepare the Pig?
Preparing the pig for roasting is very simple. First, you'll want to remove the hair by shaving it off with a razor or using a power washer. Next, rub the entire pig down with a marinade of your choice. We recommend mixing garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
How Do I Cook the Pig?
Now it's time to cook the Cajan China pig roast! Here's our step-by-step guide:
1. Place hot coals in the bottom of the Caja china. You'll want enough coals to cover the entire bottom surface area.
2. Place the prepared pig in the Caja china, ensuring it is evenly balanced on all sides.
3. Add more hot coals to the top of the Caja china until the lid is completely covered.
4. Let the pig roast for six hours before checking on it. After six hours, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pig. It should be between 145 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Remove the lid and allow the pig to continue cooking until it reaches 205 degrees Fahrenheit internally.
6. Once it has reached 205 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the pig from the Caja China and allow it to rest for 30 minutes before carving.
7. And there you have it—a perfect Caja china pig!
La Caja China sells the best quality Chinese-style roasting boxes. Their products are made with high-quality materials and construction, ensuring that your food will always taste great. La Caja China also offers a variety of accessories to help you make the most of your roasting experience.