Cajun Microwave

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Project by cajuncypress posted 11-26-2009 04:51 PM 14172 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a local favorite. This is a Cajun Microwave. I’m cooking this years turkey in it. The inner box is made with 3/16” aluminum. The top is 1/4” carbon steel painted with a high heat spray paint. The box is made with (what else) cajun cypress.

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#1 posted 11-26-2009 04:55 PM

How does it work?

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 04:57 PM

do you just set fire to the legs ?(LOL)

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 05:23 PM

Very cool! The cajun microwaves I’ve seen were made to fit an entire pig. This is a good size for typical home use.

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 05:35 PM

It works by building a small fire on top of the lid. I usually use material from my cut off bin. The oven actually works like a dutch oven. The radiant heat actually seals in the juices of the meat making it much more tender and juicy. I’ve cooked everything from pork, chicken, venison, etc. I’ve even baked a cake in it (took two tries to get that one right). Because of the way the oven cooks, there is no need to baste the meat. I bought a small digital thermometer/timer to monitor the temperature. A 14 lb. turkey like the one I’m cooking today will take about 5-6 hours to cook.

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 06:49 PM

Great idea. Bet it will be finger licken good. BZ

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 07:11 PM

Very nice Cajunypress. I looked at a large one at Academy Sports in Alexandria for $1,200.00. It was nice. I have considered building one but haven’t yet. Yours is a better all-round size if you are not doing a whole pig.
I killed a pig yesterday. Got it hanging in the cooler. Making cracklins and sausage tomorrow. Where do you live
in LA?

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#7 posted 11-26-2009 07:33 PM

Great job….My uncle had a beautiful one that he would fire up for the pig roast…..the turkey would go into the deep fryer….then the greens and such…hmmmm…gettin hungry already…...just spoke to some family in New Iberia (my home town)....and to folks in Tx…they are all enjoying the day….I’m gonna have CA style turkey and stuffing here….missing good ol southern style – did it last year though (but got a great cook doin this years – turkey is being baked luau style). Hope you all enjoy the day….and get some great foods…

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#8 posted 11-26-2009 08:38 PM

No Herbiej,

The better question is where do you live? You’re the one with the fresh killed pig. I like cracklins and sausage. I’m just hopin’ that you need a hand with something, so I can be around when you make them cracklins and sausage. Did I tell you that I like cracklins and sausage? I like cracklins and sausage. Best cure for swine flu, cracklins and sausage ummmm 8-)


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#9 posted 11-26-2009 10:30 PM

Cool…no … hot Idea!

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 11:54 PM

Thanks Herbiej. I live in Opelousas and as I type this, I’m sitting in my deer stand in Winnfield. I hope to have a pig by the end of the weekend myself!

Acts 10:13

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#11 posted 11-27-2009 12:04 AM

I should also mention that my cost for this project was only $35. I salvaged the cypress from an old house that was being torn down and found the aluminum & carbon steel. A comperable Cajun microwave such as this one sells for approximately $900 and is made of stainless steel & cypress. This guy does awesome work. Not sure the URL, but just Google Al Simon’s Cajun Microwaves.

Acts 10:13

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#12 posted 11-27-2009 12:09 AM

Cool, is there anything between the wood and the aluminum or does it sit directly on the wood. The heat must really be hard on the wood.

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#13 posted 11-27-2009 12:18 AM

Actually there is nothing between the aluminum and the wood except for about 1/16” air gap. The heat has never been a problem for me. Of course I find that the box cooks best with an internal temp of only 200 degrees or less. Back in the day when the old timers first started using these things for roasting pigs, they were nothing more than plywood boxes that would soak in water over night and they would lay a sheet of corrogated tin on top and build a fire. They were definitely more sacrificial back then though.

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#14 posted 11-27-2009 09:36 AM

way too cool i like it

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 01:37 AM

you made Jei’s tummy rumbly

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