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Project by Mauricio posted 01-17-2016 04:00 AM 1499 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve cooked two whole pigs previously but this is my first time using one of these. It’s basically a Dutch oven where the coals are on the lid.

The pig came out pretty good, great excuse to be outside all day drinking beer.

Made out of birch plywood, lined with aluminum flashing. The lid has a couple of steam pans inset for the coals.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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#1 posted 01-17-2016 04:02 AM

Almost forgot the final money shot of the pig!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 04:05 AM

The pig looks better than the project …. lol

Nice job. Would have liked to taste the pig. When are you doing that again?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 04:18 AM

Very cool Mauricio! That pig looks delicious.

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 04:31 AM

Well done, my siblings all live in south Louisiana and I have seen these before.

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 02:23 PM

Nice. You must throw one hell of a party!

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 02:51 PM

How hot does that plywood get??

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#7 posted 01-17-2016 04:57 PM

First time seeing one of these. Take about a day to cook the pig?

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#8 posted 01-17-2016 08:10 PM

Ingenious. I’ve never seen one of those before, but that pig proves it works great. It is also making my mouth water. My wife has me on slimming meals at the moment, so I’m bloody starving. They taste nice enough but you really need two of them. LOL.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#9 posted 01-18-2016 04:42 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Alex, do you know how to make the Hawaiian version by digging a hole in the ground? That method might have been easier. I havent done one of these in a couple of years but now that I have the box, who knows, maybe it will be more frequent.

Joe, I get the internal temperature of the oven to around 250 degrees, the only issue I had with the wood charring was around the edges of the pan. I had some ceramic tiles around the edge as a heat shield but the wood still burned if I had a spike in temperature above 270 degrees or so.

Rick, I cooked it for about 8hours but next time I will plan for more time to get the meat falling off the bone. I learned afteward from a friend who does BBQ that meat doesnt fall off the bone untill it reaches 200 degrees or so. He cooks a but for about 11hrs.

Andy, thank you sir. These are very popular in south Florida with the Cubans, they say you cant dig a whole down there without hitting coral so it has to be done above ground. They credit the Chinese with this invention, thus the name “Caja China”.

Thanks again guys!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 01-18-2016 06:13 PM

Maurico -

I’ve done Kalua Pig (Hawaiian Style buried in the ground … heated rocks inside pig) when I was younger and living in Hawaii. Being here in Georgia I just do it in a crock pot. Lots easier.

Here’s how you do it.

Get a pork butt and place deep cuts all around.
Rub rock (course sea) salt all over butt and in cuts.
Sprinkle liquid smoke (I use WRIGHTS liquid smoke) over butt and in cuts.

(OPTIONAL: If you have banana leaves, wrap it around butt and secure with cooking twine)

Place in crock pot with 1/2 cup of water. Start on HIGH till condensation forms on lid then turn to LOW. Wait for 8 hours. The meat will fall off the bones.

Depending on the size of your family you can do several things with it after it’s cooked.
If your family is big … it may last a few days.

If there’s only 2 of you, a whole pork butt may be too much. We freeze it in 1 pound portions in zip lock bags and take it out when needed.

We stir fry with vegetables.
Makes great sandwich’s on a bun.

My mouth is watering just describing this to you.
Let me know if any LJ tries this.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 01-18-2016 07:19 PM

That sounds awesome! I’ll have to try that, but sitting around the crock pot for 8hrs and drinking beer doesn’t have the same ring to it. Lol

I’ll come by your house to get some of those bannana leaves you have glad growing on the trees outside. ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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