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Has anyone used La Caja China?

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Wonner Nov 18, 2004 02:10 PM

A friend of mine just purchased a pig roaster called "La Caja China". It is supposed to be modeled after what Chinese immigrants use to cook a whole pig in Cuba. Has anyone used one before? What was your experience?

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    David Kahn Nov 18, 2004 04:47 PM

    We used one to roast a whole pig for a Chowhound fundraiser in Los Angeles a couple of months back. They work great. (Perhaps Professor Salt still has photos he can link to...?)

    If you want a good introduction, I would suggest you go to the company's website (linked below) and read the magazine articles they have posted there.

    Link: http://www.lacajachina.com

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      Professor Salt Nov 18, 2004 05:37 PM

      Yes I do, David. Click below for photos

      Link: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/profess...

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        Ilaine Nov 18, 2004 10:08 PM

        Does the meat have any smoke flavor at all?

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          Professor Salt Nov 18, 2004 10:24 PM

          It doesn't. The caja china is an outdoor oven, with the coals cooking atop a steel pan that forms its top. Because this top seals off the box, no smoke penetrates the inside.

          However, the caja roasts meat beautifully and yields gorgeous, crunchy pork skin, all in just over 3 hours' time (this pig, dressed and butterflied, weighed 85 pounds). That skin was the best part of the pig!

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          Allison Nov 19, 2004 04:21 PM

          So, totally, jealous!! Absolutely beautiful.

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          Wonner Nov 18, 2004 06:35 PM

          Where is the best place to get a whole pig in Los Angeles?

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            Wonner Nov 18, 2004 06:35 PM

            Where is the best place to get a whole pig in Los Angeles?

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              Tom Meg Nov 19, 2004 07:54 AM

              Probably best to repost this query on the appropriate regional board.

              Link: http://tomness.blogspot.com

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                JudiAU Nov 19, 2004 03:03 PM

                Owen's Market will order one for you.

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