how does that work....is there charcoal on the cinder blocks and you turn the pig over by hand?.....
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.
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.
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.
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...
I'd love to try one of those Hawaiian underground BBQ deals.
I think I'd like your method better because it would get some smoke flavor from the charcoal...