Roasting a Whole Pig – How To Bring Out The Best in Your Meat
There are many different ways in roasting a whole pig. You might be familiar with the spit method, or the burying method. This instructable will cover the use of the Cajun Microwave for roasting a whole pig, including preparation, cooking, and some notes on hosting a pig roast.
Roasting a Whole Pig In Your Best Cajun Microwave?
A Cajun Microwave is a wooden box with a metal tray on top. You put the pig into the box, and build a fire in the tray. Because the box holds heat well, and the cooking heat is radiant rather than direct, it’s perfect for roasting a whole pig. The exact origins of the Cajun Microwave are contested, however, the best product is available in Florida, called “La Caja China” or “The Chinese Box”
In Louisiana, it is traditional to build the box out of cypress boards and leave it unlined. Others build them with reflective metal liners, or insulation. The commercial “La Caja China” is built of plywood and lined with aluminum and it is really best for roasting a whole pig.
La Caja China is Built For Roasting a Whole Pig
Whatever the origins of the Cajun Microwave, it is essentially a giant dutch oven, it does a great job at cooking large amounts of meat evenly and (relatively) quickly. For most of the instructable, I will just refer to the Cajun Microwave as the “Roaster”.
To make roasting a whole pig a lot easier and tastier, choose only La Caja China Roasting box. In 4 hours you’ll make a delicious, authentic meal that will end up feeding your soul. For sure, you’ll never find another roasting box in roasting a whole pig.