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lsu777
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cooking a pig in the ground

anybody try cooking a pig in the ground luau style? if so how did you do it and what kind of rocks did you use?


Spankum
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Afreaux


how does that work....is there charcoal on the cinder blocks and you turn the pig over by hand?.....


lsu777
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well im in the process of building a cajun microwave but it wont be ready for this weekend and im having people over so figured this would be a good way to have fun cooking a pig i quartered up. I dont have the resources to pull of what u posted, atleast not before saturday.

I was supposed to have my rotisserie done for it but the motor isnt in yet so no way thats getting fabricated in time.

think i might just smoke the hind quarters and call it a day.


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how does that work....is there charcoal on the cinder blocks and you turn the pig over by hand?.....


Full Cuban Pig Roast Instructions

Here are some snippets.

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Raúl Musibay: We build a "pig roaster" with concrete blocks, the kind you can pick up for about $1.79 at your local Home Depot. You need about 48 blocks to build a roaster four blocks high, four blocks long and two blocks wide.

Glenn Lindgren: The two end walls are inset between the long walls, making the actual width at each end about three blocks.

Image: http://cuban-christmas.com/images/pcpig_bricks.gif


Raúl Musibay: We start the fire by piling the charcoal

Glenn Lindgren: ...about 20 pounds...

Raúl Musibay: ...in the middle of the roaster. We soak the coal liberally with lighter fluid, and light it with a match. The we let the coals burn about 20 minutes until they are hot and white.

Jorge Castillo: Now this is important! We divide the coals in four with a long-handled shovel or a big stick and push them into the four corners of the cooker.

Glenn Lindgren: This provides an INDIRECT cooking method.

Raúl Musibay: It's the same way my father and my father-in-law did it in Cuba. NO coals should remain directly under the pig.

Raúl Musibay: Everyone wants to know: How long does it take to us cook a whole hog?

Glenn Lindgren: Basically it takes us approximately four to eight hours depending on the size of the pig and the temperature of the roaster.

Jorge Castillo: We use a pig holder that allows us to easily flip the pig during the cooking process.

Raúl Musibay: We use poles and mesh from a standard chain link fence.

Glenn Lindgren: We use either ALUMINUM OR ALUMINIZED chain link fabric (aluminum-coated steel mesh) for all surfaces that come in contact with the pig. WE NEVER USE galvanized metal!

Jorge Castillo: We lay the poles, which are galvanized metal since they never come in contact with the pig, across the top of our blocks to get an idea of the correct size. Then we cut two sections of wire mesh to size.

Glenn Lindgren: The bottom section can be more or less permanently affixed to the two poles with heavy gauge wire. We reinforce the mesh with the flat irons...

Raúl Musibay: ...it has to be strong enough to hold the pig.


Afreaux
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well im in the process of building a cajun microwave but it wont be ready for this weekend and im having people over so figured this would be a good way to have fun cooking a pig i quartered up. I dont have the resources to pull of what u posted, atleast not before saturday.


For future reference, just invest in a Caja China. Cajun microwave is basically a Cuban pig roaster that they gave a different name to for marketing reasons.

http://www.lacajachina.com/

LINK


Spankum
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pretty damn cool....looks like you could even do it without the cinder blocks by just digging a pit in the ground and laying the pig across the top using the wire/pole assembly that he is talking about...


lsu777
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yea well the one im building will be better then the ones they are selling. and i might have to try that method. only thing is i quartered my pig cause i couldnt fit a whole one in the freezer last weekend.


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Afreaux
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pretty damn cool....looks like you could even do it without the cinder blocks by just digging a pit in the ground and laying the pig across the top using the wire/pole assembly that he is talking about...


Definitely.

If you don't mind digging your yard up

I'd love to try one of those Hawaiian underground BBQ deals.


Spankum
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I'd love to try one of those Hawaiian underground BBQ deals.


I've actually eaten pig cooked in the ground, wrapped with bannana leaves, covered with coals, etc....I think I'd like your method better because it would get some smoke flavor from the charcoal...


Afreaux
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I think I'd like your method better because it would get some smoke flavor from the charcoal...


Well not only that, but during a Cuban pig roast you're supposed to lower it very close to the coals for a few moments to get the skin extra crispy.

Plus Cuban-style uses a mojo marinade most time.

Hawaiian style I'm sure the meat falls off of the bone, but I'm guessing you'll get more flavor and better texture from a Cuban pig roast.


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anybody try cooking a pig in the ground luau style?


You should try a Cuban pig roast, brah.


That's not what was asked.


David Wooderson
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Thanks Man!! Those are some great directions and will have to be put to use. I always had an idea of how to do it but not 100% certain and those directions are detailed and looks like they work great for reasonably cheap and can be re-used.
What is a Cuban Mojo marinade/sauce? I think I would like to try it one time.


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USMCTiger03
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Full Cuban Pig Roast Instructions

Here are some snippets.



Would like to try that.


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5guysnamedmoe
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No rocks. Dig hole. Light 5 bags of coals. Put down piece of tin. Put pig wrapped in foil on tin then cover with 2nd piece of tin. Then fully cover with dirt. Next build fire on top of pig/dirt mound. We did a 37 pound suckling for the arky game in bentonville. Cook for 10 hours. Delicious. Enjoy.


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RBWilliams8
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My dad has one he made when he was a kid. It's just an insulated box lined with sheetmetal on the inside and you burn a fire on top. It stays around 300 unless you don't really burn too much then it's 150. Same thing as the cubas as far as holding the pig. Except he's cajun not Cuban.


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Tommy Patel
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RBWilliams8
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Yeah Tommy that's exactly what I was trying explained. His looks more.... Home made though


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Afreaux
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That's not what was asked.


Heaven forbid someone suggest an equally great way to cook a pig


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