La Caja China - FAQS
La Caja China Pig roasters Frequently Asked Questions - FAQS
How did La Caja China get their start?
La Caja China wooden roaster was created in 1985 when our family wanted to find a quicker and more efficient way to BBQ. We started reminiscing about a long wooden box used to cook pigs back in Cuba and decided to create our own model. Read more on our About Us page.
What the difference between the galvanized box and the aluminum box?
That is a great question because many people ask, "Which is the preferred box"? Our aluminum model has been our main box for over twenty-three years. It's our bread and butter. All of our boxes are high quality. As long as you keep it away from adverse weather, it will last you a lifetime. We began producing a galvanized model after a local competitor began producing galvanized boxes. The galvanized steel tends to rust if not cleaned promptly after use. We highly recommend getting the aluminum model if you are in-between the two of them. It is more durable and will outlast the galvanize model.
Can I cook different types of meat at the same time?
If the cooking times are the same you can cook it at the same time. (Example: chicken and ribs)
What is the best way to marinate the pig?
Inject the pig the night before with La Caja China Mojo and rub it down with La Caja China Adobo. Also, give the skin a good rub down with salt.
Where should I keep it until it is time to cook the pig?
Keep the marinated pig on ice over night in a large cooler. If you do not have a large cooler you can keep it inside your La Caja China with the ice bags over the pig. IMPORTANT: Make sure the pig is at room temperature before you place it inside the box. Remove the ice approx. 4 hours before you cook it.
Can I roast a whole pig in the Model #3?
The model #3 is not for whole pigs. You can cook a 20-pound pig inside the Model #3.
How do I clean La Caja China after I use it?
Spray the inside of La Caja China and the grids with La Caja China degreaser, and then rinse it down with water and soap. Let it sit to dry, then store away.
Do I need to inject the pig?
You do not need to inject the pig, we recommend injecting the pig for better flavor. You can brine the whole pig if you like.
How much mojo do I need for a whole pig?
Inject the pig 5 times in each butt and shoulder. Then inject the pig throughout the loins and ribs.
Does the box ship assembled?
No, the Model #1 & Model #2 come in two separate boxes. Both boxes have the same dimension of 48 x 25 x 4. The total weight for the Model #1 is 87 pounds, and for the Model #2 is 97 pounds. The Model #3 comes in one box. The dimensions of the box are 30 x 18 x 12 and weighs 45 pounds.
How long does it take to assemble the box?
It takes about 30 minutes to assemble the roasting box.
Can I use quick light charcoal?
We recommend that you use regular charcoal.
How much charcoal do I need to cook a whole pig?
You will need approximately 2.5 18-pound bags.
How much weight can I put on the rotisserie?
No more than 25 pounds.
Where do I insert the thermometer?
Insert it in the largest part of the meat (Example: For a whole pig insert it in the center of the butt). IMPORTANT: Make sure the probe is not touching the bone.