How to Cook a Pig
Our goal here is to provide a step-by-step guide that will make you look like a La Caja China style grill master from the start. So, let us show you how to cook a pig!
How to Start Roasting Your Pig
The first step is to place the whole pig up between the two interior racks and secure with the “s” hooks. Place the charcoal / ash pan on top to enclose the box, and the charcoal grid above it. Then add 15-18 lbs. of charcoal onto the top grid of your pig roaster and ignite.
Allow about 20 minutes for the coals to grey evenly before spreading them across the entire surface of your roast box. At this point you will begin timing the cooking process, allowing an hour before removing the ash by lifting and sifting the charcoal grid, then emptying the ash from the pan.
How to do a Pig Roast
Now you are ready to add 10 lbs. of fresh charcoal to your Caja China grill. Allow another hour and follow the same procedure to remove the ash and add new charcoal. After the third hour, it is time to flip the whole pig! Grip the ends of the top rack and carefully flip the whole pig so that the skin side is up. Replace the charcoal / ash pan and grid and add 10 lbs. of fresh charcoal to your La Caja China.
This time you should only need about 45 minutes to crisp the skin of your whole pig. A good idea is to score the skin to allow some of the juices to be rendered from the fat during cooking. Once the skin of your whole pig has reached a bronze tone, you are done! If you have a meat thermometer, check the temperature of the meat. The desired temperature for cooking to be complete is about 180 degrees.
One of the greatest attributes of La Caja China is its ability to function like a huge pressure cooker, and you will discover how to cook a pig roast in just 4 hours!