Planning to purchase your own La Caja China Roaster and curious to know how to use it? Or perhaps you just got your La Caja China and you can’t wait to start using it. No matter your situation, this post will guide you through the process of cooking your first (and definitely NOT the last) American Cuban-style pig roast using a china box.
Maybe you love whole roasted pig or you haven’t tried one before but you really want to. Nobody can blame you for that. Whole pig roast looks really amazing, and it actually tastes heavenly. And what better way to achieve that perfect slow-cooked pig than to use a Caja China box? It is so much easier to use than other roasting methods and is guaranteed to cut grilling time in half. But the best part is yet to come: using the pig roaster box will ensure that the result is always juicy and evenly cooked you won’t be able to resist it!
Let’s stop the lengthy introduction and let’s get grilling!
Cooking with La Caja China pig roasting box is simple provided that it’s done properly. First, you need to order a whole dressed and butterflied hog for roasting, a 65 – 85 pound (weight when dressed) hog will do. Two days or the night before the roast, inject the pig with 5 shots of La Caja China Mojo marinating sauce in the hams and 4 shots in the shoulders. Keep it on ice overnight in a large cooler or inside your La Caja China.
On the day of the roast, take the ice out of the cooler or your china box and bring pig to room temperature in about 4 hours. Lay the pig flat between the provided wire racks with 4 S-hooks. Place the drip pan inside La Caja China, and then place the pig inside the box.
Cover the box with the metal ash pan, and then place charcoal grid on top. Add 16 pounds of regular plain charcoal then light the charcoal using a chimney starter. After an hour, evenly add 8 pounds charcoal. Add 3 more batches of charcoal every hour.
After the 3rd hour, it’s time to flip the pig over. Ideally, this should be done by two people wearing protective gloves for safety. Lift up the metal tray and place it on the long handles. Flip the pig over and return inside the La Caja China box. With a use of a knife, carefully make cross cuts in each square of the grid. Put the ash pan and charcoal grid back on and cook for 30 minutes more. Lift the charcoal pan and take a peek to see if skin is crispy enough. Continue doing this every 10 minutes until the skin is crispy enough to your preference.
Finally, remove pig from the China box and set roasted pig on top of a big table. Carve into serving pieces or serve whole along your desired sauce or side dishes.
Don’t have a La Caja China yet? Don’t miss out and order one today! Call us at 1-800-338-1323 to get more information about our pig roasters!