Delicious Pig Roast Smoker Recipes For Dinner

pig roast smokerA whole pig roast is always the star of the party. Where there is a whole roasted pig, there is a crowd. But admit it; no matter how easy it sounds, roasting a pig is not for the hasty and faint-hearted.

Roasting a whole pig is a hard task to master. It requires patience and practice and can be time consuming. However, with enough information and the right equipment, you can impress your family or guests with a luscious whole pig roast even if you are not a cooking expert.

Below is a roasted whole hog recipe you should definitely try. This roasted pig recipe from Food Network takes 5 hours to make (requires 1 hour preparation and 4 hours to cook) and yields 150 servings. Level of cooking skill required is intermediate, but can be made easy with some simple steps. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure to follow the recommended ratio of ingredients.

Mojo Criollo Roasted Pig

Ingredients

Mojo Criollo Marinade:

1 garlic head

6 ounces orange juice

2 ounces lemon juice

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon chopped oregano leaves

3 teaspoons salt

4 ounces water

1 (75-pound) pig

Special Equipment: La Caja China Box Model #1 or Model #2, heavy-duty silicone grill mitts to protect hands when handling hot Caja China Box and parts.

 There are different methods to roast a whole hog. You can roast a pig using the grill, the rotisserie or the pit method. The grilling method and roasting a whole pig on a rotisserie over a fire pit requires a lot of time, money and planning. I believe the easiest way is to use a La Caja China pig roasting box.

A La Caja China is a portable barbecue grill that is capable of cooking up to 100-pound pig in whole. In general, a La Caja China is able to cook a whole pig 40% faster than the rotisserie method, that’s why it’s the number one choice for many.

Before starting on anything, find which cooking method is the best one to try. To give you more idea, here is an article differentiating between the use of a caja china style roasting box and roasting a pig on the spit:

Caja China Style vs. Open Fire Pit Cooking

When talking about a spit, most people are talking about rotisserie style cooking. Cooking a whole hog rotisserie style is something that can take between 8-10 hours or more. A pig rotisserie also usually requires someone to turn the spit regularly to make sure that the whole pig is cooking evenly. Neither of these is true when using a caja china style roasting box (or cajun microwave for our friends in Louisiana.)

One of the biggest advantages of using La Caja Asadora pig roasters is that you will save 25-40% of the time you would spend cooking a hog rotisserie style. For example, a 50 lb. whole pig roast will take about 4 hours rather than 6-8. Cooking in a La Caja Asadora or La Caja China box is also more efficient, using just 2-3 bags of charcoal rather than ½ chord of wood for in-ground rotisserie spit methods. Also, caja chinas (Cajun microwaves) are compact, self-contained units that can be used in the city, the suburbs, or out in the country just like any other barbecue pit. There is no need to dig a hole, buy bricks, or anything else required for a whole pig rotisserie.

Go ahead and give this pig roast smoker recipe a try. If you still don’t have your own La Caja China, you can order one from their website or just call them at 1-800-338-1323! Planning a big pig roast? Check out these pig roasting tips from Popular Mechanics or watch this video teaching you the step by step process of roasting a pig in La Caja China:

Leftover Roast Beef Recipes Your Kids Won’t Say No To

Had a big barbecue recently with a lot of leftovers? Every enterprising parent knows how handy it is to have cooked meat set aside for repurposing. Take roast beef for example. It’s a versatile ingredient that would be great in sandwiches, with carbs, or alone. It would even keep in the fridge for three to four days! Prepping meals for your kids just got a whole lot easier.

Here are some ideas on what to do with your leftover roast beef that would be great additions to your kids lunch boxes!

Roast beef burrito

What you need:

  • vegetable oil
  • chopped onion
  • minced garlic (one clove)
  • chopped tomatoes
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped roast beef
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • Whatever you might want to add! (Sour cream, salsa, rice, beans and some guacamole to name a few.)
  1. Fry the onion and the garlic until they become transparent.
  2. Lower the heat and toss in the tomatoes and roast beef. Turn off the heat after a minute or two.
  3. Spread out the tortillas on a clean surface and sprinkle it with cheese and lettuce.
  4. After that, you can now add your roast beef-garlic-onion-tomato mix.
  5. Fold the sides over and the ends to pack it all up.

If you’re looking for something easier, nothing could beat the sandwich!

Roast beef sandwich

What you need:

  • bread of your choice
  • lettuce
  • heese
  • onions
  • sliced roast beef
  • condiment of choice: mustard, mayo, ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start by caramelizing your onions and set them aside.
  2. Toast the bread if you wish.
  3. Now you can begin assembling your sandwich!
  4. Lay out the bread and add lettuce and your roast beef.
  5. Drizzle with your favorite condiments.
  6. Throw in your caramelized onions, and cheese.
  7. Add the salt and pepper until you’re satisfied.

There you go! You now have two easy lunch box ideas for your kids. You could even serve the roast beef with some pasta on the side. Be as creative as you want to be with these recipes. You could even include ingredients you already have in your fridge. This would be a great way to get your kids to eat veggies too!

These are just some of the easy leftover roast beef recipes! Why don’t you give the roast beef recipe with gravy a try? If you’re looking to start grilling, check out www.LaCajaChina.com. Call 1-800-338-1323 for more details!

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What’s The Best Clambake Equipment For Your Home?

clambake equipmentA clambake is a popular cooking method that dates back hundreds of years ago. It’s not only known in the United States but is in fact a national dish in New England. This dish involves combining several seafood and vegetable ingredients in one container (like a foil packet) and steaming them all together until everything’s cooked to perfection. During the earlier days, people used to dig holes on the ground to cook clambakes. This is usually done on the beach especially during the summer when the weather is inviting for barbecues. Nowadays, there’s a clambake equipment that you can use right in your yard — or anywhere you want because it’s pretty portable. Check out this article to learn more about it.

Clambake La Caja China

Mark Stark, a Chef and owner of four restaurants in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg really enjoys the convenience and cooking style of La Caja China Roasting Box! Mark came up with an alternative type of West Coast cooking that would be quick but still scrumptious since his wife and some friends will be spending the whole day at the Doran Beach, and we all know that pulling off an East Coast clambake at the beach requires a lot of time and effort!

Using their La Caja China Roasting box, Mark started working on his West Coast clambake. He included in his recipe, potatoes, Brentwood corn, homemade chorizo, Head-on shrimp from Monterey, Manila clams from Hog Island Oysters and mussels from Prince Edward Island. Of course to complete its West Coast style version, they’ve added the lobster.

That is one amazing piece of grilling equipment! Imagine this. You can grill anything you want in it: pork, chicken, beef, lamb, fish, vegetables, seafood and even whole pig roasts! On top of these, you can also make your clambake in it. You don’t even have to dig holes anymore. What a total convenience! And so moving forward, let me share this clambake recipe that you should definitely try!

The Perfect Clambake Recipe

For equipment, you’ll need a Caja China, the roasting box typically used for suckling pigs.  You’ll also need an 18-pound bag of charcoal, lighter fluid and lighter, newspaper and a 4 to 5 gallon bucket.  Next, you’ll need to gather your seafood and accompaniments.   The seafood and seeweed can be ordered from Santa Rosa Seafood or your favorite seafood fishmonger.

Prior to leaving for the beach or your backyard, precook the potatoes in some salted water.  Place the garlic butter in a heavy mason jar that you can place near the fire to melt. Make 2 foil packets containing equal portions of everything: clams, shrimp, boiled potatoes and chunks of the linguica sausage.  Drizzle with olive oil and some salt then wrap up tightly.

Firing up the box: When you get to the beach, fill your bucket with sea water, then place the corn and leeks in the water to soak for about a half hour.   Place the seaweed in as well. Place the entire bag of coals on the top lid of the Caja China and light.  When the coals are ready, spread out evenly on the top. 

Lift the lid of the box and place all the soaked seaweed inside as a base for the seafood.  Add your foil packets and place the live lobsters on top of the seaweed.  Close the lid.  The packets and lobsters should take about 45 minutes to an hour to roast.

I hope that you loved my blog about the best clambake equipment in the market. Also check out this delicious kitchen clambake recipe if you want something different other than the one I shared above. And if ever you don’t have a roasting box yet, get one from La Caja China!

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A 101 On Beef Chuck Roast Cuts

beef chuck roastBeef chuck is very popular among barbecue lovers. Aside from ribs, this beef cut is also delicious to grill. However, you should know that it’s also pretty expensive as compared to other beef cuts. Chucks come from the loin and rib areas of the cow and they are available in different types. Here are some you should know about.

1. Ranch Steak is a tender and thin cut of beef that has relatively less amount of fat than others. When grilling this kind of steak, it will be best to brush it with olive oil and then sprinkle it with salt, pepper and other flavorful herbs. Just be careful because since it’s thin, it may burn or get overcooked.

2. Another cut is the Chuck Eye Steak. It’s found just next to the rib eye which is likewise very popular. The chuck eye is great for grilling and can be cooked with just salt and pepper because it’s already full of flavors.

3. The Flat Iron Steak meanwhile is found on the top part of the cow’s shoulder blade. It features a trademark marble characteristic. The white lines are actually fat that will give the meat a lot of juice when cooked on the grill.

4. The Chuck Steak is found next to the Chuck Eye. However, one distinct characteristic of this steak is that it’s not as tender as the other cuts. It is still full of amazing flavors but it’s not actually perfect for barbecuing.

5. Another cut that you should know about is the shoulder steak. It is just like the chuck steak cut but it’s tougher. In fact, to get an amazing grilled dish out of it, you should marinate it first for hours.

6. Last but not the least, we have the Mock Tender Steak which is situated next to the top shoulder blade. This meat is quite tender but it definitely needs a delicious marinade to make it delish when grilled.

I hope that you learned a lot about the different cuts of beef chuck roast. If you need more tips on how to buy specific cuts, read this chuck steak buying guide. And remember, to serve the tastiest barbecues, get a roasting box only from  www.LaCajaChina.com.

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Serve The Most Delicious Grilled Fish With The Help Of These Tips

grilled fishIf you are used to grilling beef, pork or chicken and want to change the menu for your backyard party, why not switch to fish? Fish are not only delicious but are also good for your health. They contain omega-3 fatty acids that help in reducing the level of cholesterol in your body. And let’s not forget that you’re not cooking fish in fat (frying) so it’s even healthier! Anyway, before you set your fish on the grill, you have to make sure that it is properly cleaned and gutted. Here’s a guide you can read for reference.

How to Clean/Gut a Fish

When you’ve had a productive day on the water and brought home a cooler, creel, or stringer of fish, there’s still work to be done before you can enjoy your freshly caught meal. Cleaning and gutting fish can be a quick task once you’ve had a little practice. This article provides instructions how to clean fish with and without scales, and how to gut them in preparation for making fillets.

Plan to clean the fish within an hour or two of catching it. Fish spoil rapidly after they die, so have a plan in place to clean them as soon as you’re off the boat. Keep them alive in the water on a string until your fishing expedition is over, and ice them down in a cooler when it’s time to pack up for the day.

The article presented four easy ways on how you can clean your fish. These apply if you’re catching your own fish or buying them live. Of course grocery stores already sell them clean. You should be careful though when shopping because you have to steer away from those that are no longer fresh. They are no longer that flavorful when grilled and they may even upset your loved ones’ stomach if they have already spoiled. Moving forward, I know how excited you are about grilling so here’s an informative article to teach you on how to barbecue your fish perfectly!

5 Easy Tips for How to Grill Fish Perfectly

For some reason, seafood seems to be one of the most intimidating foods to grill. Fish tends to be delicate and hard to maneuver without mishap, and smaller foods like shrimp and scallops are so small, that they can overcook in a flash or worse yet, fall through the grates into the fire. But truthfully, they’re all easy to master once you know a few tricks of the trade. Here are a few tips to help you achieve perfectly grilled seafood every time you grill

Follow these tips and you’ll surely be able to serve delicious grilled fish to your loved ones. To make sure that you’ll serve fresh food, read this article on how to buy fish from the grocery store. And remember, to get the best results out of your barbecue, only use a La Caja China!

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Why You Should Read BBQ Grill Reviews Before Purchasing One

bbq grill reviewsHow do you buy appliances, gadgets and expensive equipment for your home? Do you purchase things on impulse or do you research first about the items you’re eyeing? In the case of buying barbecue grills, most homeowners usually get the opinions of their friends and loved ones first. They also read customer reviews and brand feedback before ordering the product they want. And I agree that it’s a great shopping habit to keep. I want to quote this article from a reputable consumer website,

“While it might seem like shiny, large, feature-laden gas grills have taken over the backyard barbecue, our battery of tests shows that a higher price tag doesn’t guarantee better grilling. Many lower-priced gas grills have at least some stainless trim, along with side burners and other perks once found only on the priciest gas grills. If you’re looking for information about gas grills, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ gas grill reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our gas grill buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and gas grill reviews to help you choose the best gas grill for your needs.” (See full article here.)

As the author said, reading reviews will make you learn more about the features of the barbecue grill you want to buy. Not only that, you will also get familiar with its advantages and disadvantages which obviously, aren’t stated on product brochures or online shopping sites. Anyway, here are some tips you might want to consider before choosing a grill for your home or business use. Read this article and find out how you can pick out the best one for your needs.

Before You Buy a Gas Grill

Before you run to the hardware store to buy a new gas grill you should know that there are a lot more grills out there than you’ll find in one store. I’ve broken down the best gas grills on the market by price so you can find the perfect gas grill for you. While many of these gas grills are easily found, try shopping at specialty grill stores for the best BBQ grills. Updated for 2014.

If you are looking to purchase a new gas grill for no more than $250 (based on typical sales price) then these are the ones you should be looking at. You get what you pay for, so don’t expect these grills to last forever or cook well, but they should serve you for a couple of years and do an okay job of grilling burgers and hot dogs.

I hope that you learned the importance of reading bbq grill reviews. For more information, read this barbecue grill buying guide and get some ideas on the best and the worst grillers in the market. To cook the tastiest barbecue dishes, just use a  La Caja China! Call them at 1-800-338-1323 to order one now!

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Why Lobster Dishes Are Perfect for Dinner

Lobster DinnerI cannot express how excited I am sharing these important article with you. Why? Because these article absolutely helped me a lot when I was running out of ideas for what to cook for my wife for our next dinner date at home.

How about seafood? Anything in mind? Let me suggest that you read these two articles that tell you why serving a sumptuous lobster dinner will definitely be memorable for both you and your spouse.

But first, Let’s learn first how to prepare a great appetizer before your lobster dinner and surely this will leave you craving for your main dish.

What Should You Serve as An Appetizer Before a Lobster Dinner

The thought of a delicious lobster dinner is enough to make your mouth water, but preparing it is no simple matter. Beyond the perfect lobster preparation technique, you must come up with just the right dishes to serve before, alongside and after the lobster. Many appetizer options exist, sharing the common characteristic of being light, refreshing and mildly flavored — essential to ensure they do not overwhelm the delicate flavor of the main course to follow.

Now that you’ve learned some great tips on making an enticing appetizer before having your main dish, read the article below and learn why serving lobsters for dinner is a great way to spice up your menu. That being said,  you ought to be knowledgeable in preparing and serving lobster dinners in your date. Let’s read below to learn why.

Lobster Dinners Are a Great Way to Spice Up Your Menu

Do you ever want to really wow your family with an amazing dinner, but aren’t sure where to start? When you’re the one who is often doing the cooking, it can be hard to break from your set routine and really show them something different. It’s especially hard when money is a consideration, as it always seems to be these days. Of course there’s the classic favorites like steak or a casserole, but they’ve seen you make that before, and it won’t amaze them. If you really want to show off, on a budget, and without having to spend the whole day in the kitchen, why not make them one of their restaurant favorites at home, and cook them one of these fabulous lobster dinners.

Lobster dinners can be a great way to bring your family together for a special meal night at home. Instead of heading off this way and that to different activities, your family can relax and enjoy a delicious, unexpected meal together. It’s also a great surprise for a spouse after a stressful week of work. Because who would expect to get a juicy, succulent lobster as their dinner?

The unexpectedness of the meal is what makes lobster dinners such a great buy. It’s a restaurant worthy treat that you can make easily in your own home, for a fraction of the cost of eating out.

 

Now, in order for you to be able to create an outstanding delicacy, you need to know a great recipe and a high-end and reliable cooking equipment. Trust only the number one roasting box made in the U.S. – La Caja China Roasters!

 

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What Is A Rotisserie Kit For?

rotisserie kitA rotisserie is a cooking technique wherein meat is put on a spit and cooked over fire. In modern times, the spit is a metal rod to hold food while in the earlier years, people have used bamboo or other types of wood. This is commonly utilized for cooking large chunks of meat such as pig and turkey. If you are interested in learning why the rotisserie became popular, read this informative article.

How Rotisserie Chicken Became So Popular

 Rotisserie chickens—skewered birds roasted in rotating rows and sold everywhere from grocery stores to member-only club stores—are immensely popular, if you didn’t already know. In 2010 six hundred million rotisserie chickens were sold in the U.S. What is the secret to this bird?

Apparently, a rotisserie is a great apparatus to cook meat, especially chicken. Since the spit turns, meat is evenly cooked instead of getting burned. Now just to make sure that you’ll do it right, why not read this article that features tips on how to cook food on a spit? Read all these valuable information and take them to heart. That way, you’ll be sure that your food ends up great.

Rotisserie Cooking Tips

You know it really is interesting that rotisserie cooking doesn’t get more respect. Most grill manufacturers will tell you that you don’t really need to use a rotisserie because a grill with a lid does the same thing, provides even roasting. The standard view of cooking is to move the heat around the food, not the food around the heat. These guys probably can’t tell the difference between a good brisket sandwich and a Big Mac.

I hope that you learned a lot about the benefits of using a rotisserie kit on barbecuing. Also read about how to roast a pig in case you want to serve such a crispy, delicious goodness to your loved ones. Get your roasting box now by visiting www.LaCajaChina.com!

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Best Ways of Cooking a Whole Chicken

Cooking a Whole ChickenHow do you cook your chicken? Do you roast, saute or barbecue? Whatever you do, chicken will always be one of the top food listed on everyone’s menu. However, there are ways that will bring your cooking a whole chicken to the next level. Something out of the box and something that you can do to make the taste linger in your mouth.

There are several ways to get helpful tips. Like the article below for instance. I would strongly recommend that you read this article as it definitely helped me. You can never go wrong if you carefully follow the step by step tips. This will surely make your guests come back for a second serving.

Tips for Cooking a Whole Chicken

Chicken is a very popular food. There are all kinds of chicken, including the various parts like legs, thighs, wings, quarters etc. Don’t forget the whole chicken though. For some people, the idea of cooking a whole chicken is daunting. So, before you begin you really need to now what you’re doing.

First things first, get all of your supplies together. Naturally, you need a whole chicken, different spices or herbs, marinade, salt and pepper and whatever the particular recipe may call for. Every good cook has a sharp knife and for cooking a whole chicken you’ll also need a roasting pan and a meat thermometer.

 

Here’s another great article to cook your whole chicken the best and simplest way. I assure you after reading this article you’ll be confident enough to serve this to your family or guests. Read on and further your knowledge.

 

Tips to Cook a Whole Chicken: Best and Simplest Way Ever

In just about an hour, you can fill your home with pleasing aromas and have a small feast ready for your family or even a few guests. Prepare a whole chicken for a classic, home-cooked meal. Add some vegetables to the roasting pan for a side dish with minimal effort. This is a low cost, easy and delicious option for dinner.

 

For the most convenient cooking and to bring out the best in whatever you are going to cook, trust only the number one cooking equipment made in the U.S.A. – La Caja China Roasting Box!

 

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Bringing the Best Out of Your Roast Beef

Roast Beef Want to know the secrets of how to cook the perfect roast beef that will linger in your mouth? This will definitely change your perception towards cooking as it will show you how to do this easily and yet it will still be cooked with perfection.

You can absolutely brag about this to your family and friends in your party and surely they’ll be asking for more. Read the article below and educate yourself on cooking the best roast beef you can ever serve in all your gatherings.

Cooking Roast Beef – How to Cook Beef to Perfection

So many people worry needlessly about how to cook roast beef, but cooking beef is not difficult and the concerns are groundless. More important is the quality of the joint of beef to be roasted. Ideally the beef wants to have been well hung and be nicely marbled with fat. This is where the flavor comes from and beef which is too lean will lack the depth of flavor, and meat that has not been hung for at least fourteen days will be tough to eat.

Beef Cooking Time

The first thing to do is mix together some plain flour with a teaspoon of mustard powder and some black pepper. Rub this liberally over the whole joint. Do not add salt as this will attempt to draw moisture out of the joint. Now place the joint on a roasting rack and into a very hot oven (475 degrees F / 245 degrees C) for twenty minutes. This high temperature will seal the meat and stop too much of the meat juices leaking during the cooking process.

 

I assume by now you already know how to cook the perfect roast beef. I hope you were able to takes notes to be able to pull this off. Remember, this will upgrade your cooking skills as this will be an additional recipe in your menu. This time I would like to share with you another article that I have stumbled upon and helped me a lot. I certainly hope that this can also help you not burning your roasted beef when reheating it. Read along and further your knowledge.

 

How to Reheat Rare Roast Beef

For beef lovers, there is nothing like a big, beautiful roast. Richly browned on the outside, rare and juicy on the inside, perfuming the air with its savory smells, a good roast trumps just about any other meal. Unfortunately, the next day things are different. It is difficult to reheat leftover roast without it becoming well done, a terrible thing to those who love theirs rare. Fortunately, there are a few techniques to minimize the effects of reheating.

 

That being said, you can’t really achieve a perfect cooking unless you are aided with a perfect cooking equipment. Trust only the number one roasting box that is made in the U.S. and engineered with high end materials, La Caja China Roasters!

 

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All About Spit Roasting a Pig for Your Gathering

Spit Roasting a PigIf you have an event whether for your team building, family outing or just a simple afternoon backyard party – spit roasting a pig is a great way to accommodate all your guests and will surely leave them wanting for more.

Especially if you do it Luau style! You can absolutely turn a simple party into an unforgettable one when done correctly. I strongly suggest that you read the article below and take notes so the next time you need to prepare a BBQ party, everything will be smoothly done.

How To Roast Whole Pig On An Open Fire

Whether you are having a Hawaiian-themed luau or a Southern pig roast, the sight and smell of a pig just removed from a spit is a unique experience. Roasting a pig over an open fire has certain challenges — the temperature of the meat, the rotation of the spit, and maintaining the heat of the fire all contribute to either making or breaking your pig roast.

 

Perhaps some of you may say, “Why spit roast a pig?” Well, as you know there are significant advantages in spit roasting.  To lay it down for you, you can continue reading the article below and educate yourself to know the facts. Don’t limit yourself in serving only what know, instead be inquisitive and keep an open mind when it comes to cooking to discover new recipes and expand your menu.

 

Advantages of a Spit Roast for your Next Party

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gatherings with friends and family. In fact, you are probably already planning for graduations, family reunions and summer holidays. With that comes all the planning, which undoubtedly includes food. Perhaps this year, you are out of ideas and everyone looks to you to throw the famous BBQ every year. Have you considered a spit roast for your next party?

A spit roast is an open flame cookout of a pig. Yes, the entire pig is fastened to a rod and slowly roasted at your BBQ for all to see! There are a few nuggets that make this a great addition to your party.

For one, it is a major attraction. Unless you live in certain areas where this is a normal event, many of your guests will never have seen an actual display of a roasting pig. Children especially, will be highly entertained at the display. It will most certainly be a talking point for your guests.

 

For an absolute BBQ cooking guide, visit www.LaCajaChina,com and you can check out our “Cooking Instructions” and “Recipes” pages. Trust only the best roasting box made in the U.S. La Caja China Roasters!

 

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Great Pork Fillet Recipes You’ve Got to Know

Pork Fillet RecipesOut of ideas what to cook for your next gathering? How about learning some new recipes on pork loin fillet? Sounds good? Read below and learn how to cook these awesome pork fillet recipes from these great articles I stumbled upon. I felt that I should share this to those people like who are fond of cooking and yet, who are also running out of ideas.

Hope this can also help you guys as well as it really helped me. I guarantee that it will be worth your time and you won’t regret reading through it. Take notes and be sure that when you are going to do the recipes, you do it correctly. I am sure, your guests will definitely love what you will serve them and this will be another one in your menu that will be talked about.

How to Cook a Pork Loin Fillet

The pork loin fillet is considered to be the best cut of pork and can be very simple to make and cook. The fillet can be cooked whole, stuffed or butterflied. Each method is simple and can range from pan frying to baking. Since the fillet is generally thicker than a regular pork chop, braising the pork fillet while it cooks will help keep the meat moist and flavorful.
Here’s another exciting article that will absolutely entice people into coming back for a second serving. Nothing beats the sweet and sour pork loin that will definitely linger in your tongue even after you’re done with your meal. Your cooking will never be the same again so I strongly suggest that you continue reading and add this in your menu.

Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Preparation time: 25 minutes + 30 minutes marinating
Total cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients for sweet and sour pork recipe:

500 g (1 lb) pork fillet, cut into thick slices
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 tablespoon sherry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
oil, for cooking
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 green capsicum, cut into cubes
2 small carrots, thinly sliced
1 small Lebanese cucumber, seeded and chopped
5 spring onions, cut into short lengths
440 g (14 oz.) can pineapple pieces in natural juice, drained, juice reserved
1/4 cup (60ml/2 fl oz.) white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

 

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Tips for a Great Backyard Clambake Party

Backyard ClambakePlanning of throwing a party for your up coming birthday? Perhaps your are mulling over the idea of having a family reunion in your backyard but don’t have any idea what to cook for your guests. Do something elegant and yet sumptuous.

This might be your lucky day because the next two articles below that I just read recently will absolutely help you. How about arranging a backyard clambake party that will be remembered for a long time? This will be very exciting. Read below and I am sure you’ll never regret it!

How to Have a Backyard Clambake

Step back in time with a good, old-fashioned New England clam bake. Clam bakes are deeply steeped in New England history, a tradition adopted by the Pilgrims from local American Indians. There is no right or wrong way to have a clam bake. However, you can make your clam bake New England-authentic by trying time-tested regional recipes and New England-style decorations.

 

Whether or not your gathering is big or small, the idea of doing a clambake party in your backyard will always be a great one. Let’s read on and further our knowledge on how to plan and execute this. It’s better to bank as many ideas as early as now so you won’t need to trouble yourself gathering all the information you’ll need when you’re target date for your event is just around the corner.

 

Clambake Catering for your Small or Big Backyard Event

A great occasion is never without a great feast. They always come together that is why many people who hold events, whether small or big, have food to serve guests. If you are planning to hold an event, then you should prepare dishes that are easy to serve and eat by your guests. Some great dishes you may have prepared by clambake catering are lobsters and clam bakes. You may easily find businesses offering these if you go online. Once you have found a catering service, then you may talk more about your event and a couple of backyard event preparations.

Preparing for a backyard gathering is easier when you have a catering service that will be in charge of the food for your event or party. Catering service often becomes a necessity especially when you or the host has no time to prepare the food. Preparing food requires a lot of time and if you are planning to prepare food for more than 20 people, then it would be better to let the professionals from a clambake catering service handle the time consuming task. Here are a few information you will find beneficial if you decide to organize a small or big party.

 

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Pig Barbecue – The Most Popular Dish for Parties

Pig BarbecueHave a you ever thought about why preparing and cooking a delicious pig barbecue is still the most popular dish when you think about parties? In my own personal opinion it is because pork barbecue is one of the most flexible dishes you can prepare.

Meaning, you can modify your cooking and choose the pig part depending on the menu. There are perhaps hundreds of pork barbecue recipes out there that you and I have yet to learn.

So, read on and educate yourself on how to barbecue a pork that will surely be a big hit in your event.

How to Smoke and Barbecue a Pig

Nothing tastes better than a shredded barbecued pork sandwich on a hot summers day. The smell of it cooking all day can make your mouth water in anticipation of savoring the tasty pork. Grilling a pig isn’t as difficult as most people thing. The hardest part is renting or purchasing a drum smoker and finding a butcher that sells whole pigs. Here are some basic directions on how to smoke and cook a smaller pig.

 

Here’s another style using pork barbecue as pulled pork. As I have mentioned earlier, there are hundreds of recipes that we can actually prepare for a certain event and this article will teach you one of many other ways. Pulled pork came from chunks of barbecued pork meat and pulled into small pieces by hand to be served in a bun. Something different maybe for others but will definitely make people come back for more. Read below and add this in your menu.

 

Best Odds Pulled Pork

Of all the traditions of barbecue, Pulled Pork has held on to its roots far more than any other. Large cuts of tough, cheap pork smoked for hours at low temperatures, then pulled apart by hand and served on a bun or in a pile. While pulled pork has held on to its tradition there is still a lot of variation region to region. I’ve tried to bring together the best traditions with my own experience to produce a method for the best odds pulled pork. While you probably won’t win any competitions with this method is easy and sure to please a crowd.

 

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Learn the Correct Time in Pig Cooking – The Faster Way

PIg CookingYou may be frustrated each time you have to host a party and you think about going through the agony of roasting a pig for long hours.

You don’t need to torture yourself and just be stuck in front of your griller while the others are enjoying.

Below is an article where you will learn how to cook your pig evenly, following the correct cooking time.

Pig Cooking Times

A master outdoor chef can roast a whole pig over a pit fire barbecue for a crowd of hungry people. The trick to getting the pork done–and pork must be cooked thoroughly for safety–is to cook the pig long enough and at the right temperature.

Roasting a whole pig requires 75 to 100 lbs. of charcoal or suitable smoking hardwood, such as hickory. Your barbecue grill must be of a sufficient size to hold all the meat you plan to cook. For a whole pig, you want a grill the size of an oil drum. (In fact, your grill might even be made from an oil drum.)

Start with about 20 lbs. of charcoal, burning the fuel until it glows red with a layer of white ash. You will add more coals gradually during the more than six hours of cooking time it will take to roast a 140-lb. pig. Figure one hour of cooking time for every 24 to 25 lbs. of pork.

 

Here is another great idea when you need to prepare something fast and delicious. Learn how to cook and follow this quick and easy smoked pork chops recipe and apply it in your upcoming gathering. No need to be frantic and there is no marinating needed. this will surely give you enough time to also prepare for yourself and join the fun in your party.

 

Quick and Easy Smoked Pork Chops Recipe

These quick and easy smoked pork chops are ready in 10 minutes and can be prepared in a frying pan, under the broiler or on the grill. Add braised cabbage and a green vegetable and you have a satisfying meal.

“What a delicious quick meal. This is a wonderful meal eaten the next day also-the flavors marry and taste even better! This is great during the fall especially during Octoberfest and any cool weather month. Keep up those quick delicious recipes. Thanks, Margaret Graham”

 

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Great Ideas for Pig Roasting Menus & BBQ Recipes

Pig Roasting MenusTired of holding common and boring parties that won’t be remembered by your friends and relatives? Running out ideas how to entertain and make them admire what you have prepared?

Why settle for less when you can have something that would help you upgrade. Kick it a couple of notches up and plan an exciting and stylish pig roasting party to impress your friends.

That being said, this will surely make a difference out of a plain and standard gathering. Your guests will surely talk about it for a long time.

How to Plan a Luau Menu

Hosting a luau is an excellent way to celebrate summer with Hawaiian flair and treat yourself and your guests to the succulent food for which Hawaii is known. Traditionally, luau fare involves a centerpiece of a whole roast pig, with grilled and fried side dishes and an extensive tropical drinks selection.

The degree of authenticity and complexity you want for your luau entirely depends on your budget and resources. Remember to take into account any food preferences and allergies your guests have before planning the meal. Due to the high fat and meat content of a traditional luau, it may not be the best option for vegetarians or people trying to cut back on fatty foods.

 

On the other hand, not because you call it “simple” means it will be boring… You can even hold a simple barbecue party just at your backyard and make it something out of the ordinary.  Meaning, the location is not really important, it is how you present to make it outstanding. Below is an article that will further your knowledge when you plan to prepare a backyard barbecue party that will be really enticing.

 

Backyard BBQ Party Recipes

Real barbecue, during which tough cuts of meat cooked long and slow until they fall into delicious tenderness, is a grand American tradition, but so too is the BBQ party, a gathering in a backyard or a park or a beach (or a parking lot or a rooftop!) where food is cooked outside, shared, and eaten in a most casual of fashions.

In recognition of this fine American practice, I’ve pulled together BBQ party recipes, menus, and ideas from around About.com to offer the best recipes for popular BBQ party items for you to create your own menu, from a simple affair of grilled burgers and hot dogs to a traditional clam bake. Let the fires begin!

 

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Have Your Guests Drooling with A Happening B-B-Q Event

miami grillingChristmas was great. You may not have had snow. But you had something better. You got that great  barbecue grill –  and now is just the time to start using it.  In a jiff you’ll be ready for that grilling event you’ve always wanted to host.

But wait a second. Although you’ve had the pleasure of participating in one of those fabulous “meet the gang”  barbecues, you’ve never really hosted a barbecue. This means it’s your turn to cook.

Which is all fine and dandy…

If you just knew how to use the darn grill….

Well we’ve put together some tips to take you through the grill start-up process.

How to Prepare a Charcoal Barbecue for Grilling: 6 Steps

This article will give you simple steps to ensuring your charcoal grilled steaks are evenly cooked as part of the preparation process.

Select the best charcoal. The quality of the charcoal does in fact affect the result of your cooked food.
Be aware of briquette charcoal. They are full of additives, which allows them to burn at a constant rate. These additives also transform into gas odors that can seep into the food on the grill. If you must use briquette charcoal, find something with a larger stable burn to it.
Lump charcoal is typically the favorite to use. If you’re a fan of not cleaning up a large mess, this kind of charcoal leaves very little ash behind. These also have a higher fire control rate due to the degree of how responsive they are to oxygen. There are no additional additives in these like briquette charcoal because they are bagged and sold “as is” at the end of the creation process.

Okay, so you’ve figured out how to get your fabulous new b-b-q grill started up and going. Now what? Well, before you put that meat, chicken, or pork on the grill you need to figure out what sauces or marinades you are going to use.  Barbecue sauce is essential to any great event so you want to choose and use them wisely.

Barbecue Sauces: Strategies for Using Them

Here’s what you need to know about when and how to use barbecue sauce. There are tricks to know!

How much sauce will you need? Show restraint! Let the meat and smoke flavor come through. One coat is usually enough. Two max. Here’s a rule of thumb: A full slab of spareribs with the tips still on will need at least 3/4 cup of a thick sauce for both sides, a slab of St. Louis cut ribs will need 1/2 cup, and a slab of baby back ribs will need 1/3 cup. But don’t forget that you will want to have another 1/2 cup or so in a bowl on the table for folks who want more. If you are serving cut ribs, sauce them before you cut them. Don’t sauce the cut sides. Restraint!

On pulled pork, resist the temptation to pour sauce all over the meat before serving. Make the sandwiches, and let guests crown the meat with a few spoonsful so they can still taste the meat.

Apply the sauce after the meat is ready. Depending on the cooking temp and the type of sugar, a sweet sauce can get gummy or even burn. So apply the sauce at the end of the cook, just long enough to heat it and cook it without burning it. Some sauces are great right from the bottle, but most sauces benefit from baking on the meat and they might even caramelize. If you are cooking over indirect heat, low and slow at about 225°F, and you should be, you can add the sauce about 30 minutes before removing the ribs.

Play it safe. Remember, all uncooked meat contains microbes and spores and is therefore potentially hazardous. Pour the sauce you need into a cup or bowl and dip your brush or spoon in. When you are done, throw the extra sauce out. Never put it back in the fridge or serve it tableside. Even if the meat appears to be cooked, uncooked meat juices get on the brush and then get into the sauce. The sauce is contaminated. Even if you boil it or microwave it, and you have killed the microbes, spores are not all killed by heat. Use fresh, uncontaminated sauce for serving at the table. Your motto: When in doubt, throw it out. Click here for more about food, knife, and grill safety.

Make It a Happening B-B-Q Event

Wow! You can make your next event amazing. Choose to use your new grill in your back yard, at a local  park, on a camping trip or at your next tail gating party. Add some great conversation, a few gamesand you’ll be the talk of the town.

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A Historical Overview of the Traditional Barbecue Sauce


A Historical Overview of the Traditional Barbecue SauceUnless you’re from another country, you know what barbecue sauce is. But just for the sake of being informative, barbecue sauce, also known as BBQ sauce, is a flavoring sauce or condiment which ranges from very watery to the very thick consistency. It was created to accompany grilled meats and can be applied to any food, but most people use it to complement the meat during the cooking barbecue process.

Have you ever wondered about the history of barbecue sauce?

There is actually no exact time, or place cited with the invention of barbecue sauce. However historians believe it was created somewhere around the 1600s, and later spread to Europe . Its original use was to mask strong flavors of wild game.

Although other historians credit the invention to Christopher Columbus who brought sauce from the Spaniards. Wherever it comes from, today we have a large variety of different barbecue sauce recipes to choose from.

 

Barbecue Sauce RecipesPiggy Ribs

Gather the ingredients. Throw ’em all together in a bowl. Mix ’em around real good. Let ’em sit for at least an hour to get to know each other. Slop the sauces. Dip the dips. Refrigerate the rest and throw out after it goes bad.

Most people make barbecue sauce with sugar, ketchup, garlic, mustard and onion. They add variations of these basic ingredients, thus creating the regional differences. As you know barbecue in the East is very different from that of the South, North, East or west.

Although many chefs made the sauce from scratch, the first commercially produced barbecue sauce wasn’t available until the 1920s and was made by the Louis Mall Co. However, this sauce wasn’t distributed nationally. The first barbecue sauce that was distributed nationally was actually made by Heinz in the 1950s.

 

Heinz and the Barbecue

Heinz is a popular brand name the world over but what has it got to do with the modern barbecue? For many no barbecue is complete without the traditional Heinz accompaniments. Fortunately there are plenty of sauces and sides to choose from so that barbecue guests can enjoy the award winning flavours alongside the good company and atmosphere that comes with attending a barbecue.

 

Interesting BBQ Facts

Did you know that before the refrigerator was invented, people in North Carolina would cure meat  by placing it in a mixture of vinegar, salt, water and peppers. Even today, this is known as the North Carolina barbecue base.

Barbecue sauce is used in other parts of the world as well. In South America, it’s called asado, and in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina it’s called chimichuri.

 

 

How to Plan a Great Barbecue Graduation Event

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It’s graduation time and you need a fabulous party idea. You’re in charge of the party and you need to throw the best graduation party ever. So how do you start?

Having been through this more than once, I think Im fully equipped to handle this problem. As a caterer and venue owner, I’ve seen it all, so here is my best and least expensive suggestion – a beach barbecue graduation event.  The following can give you an idea of the type of barbecue food you can serve.

 

 Beach Graduation Party Food

Preparing and serving great graduation party food takes a lot of work and planning. The idea that you can quickly prepare something at the last minute does not work. One of our biggest mistakes ever was to prepare dishes that we loved as a family. We had worked on them for years to make each dish perfect for our own taste. I am afraid our favorite pot roast did not appeal to the teenage guests we had at our party. The best way forward is to work out what food you should serve and then the hard work will be worthwhile. Understanding all this, when our daughter graduated we decided to put a lot of effort into the menu before starting to do any real preparation work.

O.K. So here is the real killer. Beach party barbecues are informal right? and you really want to make this a formal event. You can do that too. You see the secret lies in the ambiance. You can create a very elegant ambiance with the right lighting and beautiful party tents. Look here to see how that works.

How Different Tent Options can Improve Your Outdoor Event

A tent is more than just a tent when it comes to your event. A tent has to look pleasing to the eye, and depending on your event and your budget, it can feature several “add-ons” to make it a more luxurious, comfortable place to party.

First up, most people have seen white tents. Did you know that clear-top tents also exist? These work well for evening events. Also, not every tent comes with walls, but if the weather’s going to be a little chilly, you might consider paying a little extra to rent a tent with solid, clear or window walls to keep the heat in and the cold out.

 

Bottom Line

If you live near a beach, then this is the best place to have a graduation barbecue event. You can spice it up by having the chef make an entire pig, or a leg of lamb for the event.  You can have everyone dress as romantically as you want, after all you are in a tent. There is really nothing as romantic as an outdoor barbecue event. 

That Great Guy Barbecue Gift – Something for Every Type of Barbecue Fan


type of barbecue fanYou know your guy loves barbecue grilling; and you know that he’s got a birthday or special event coming up. So what are you waiting for? You have the perfect gift ideas; the barbecue grilling gift. What? You don’t know what type of grilling gift to get? Sure you can get a bottle of barbecue sauce, or a great new grill accesory, but why not try something fun. Look This article offers great barbecue grilling aprons. This is the gift that may just have him rolling on the floor with laughter (and you too for that matter).

 

10 Great, Funny Barbecue Grilling Aprons for Men

Many men take a great deal of pride in their barbecue skills. Cooking up an amazing meal on the grill is something that can really make a guy feel proud. One of the best ways to compliment the master griller of the house is to find him great grilling wear. The best barbecue aprons for men will be handy, attractive, and in some cases hilarious. They’re meant to make your grilling easier and give you a chuckle.

O.K. So maybe an apron is a little much for your guy. You can still get him a great barbecue grilling gift, especially if this is the type of guy whose idea of fun is hopping out to the back porch and grilling up some great steaks.  These are not the funniest gifts but they are very useful for this type of loved one.

A Great Barbecue Gift Guide

This is a compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you.

 

Bottom Line

The amount of money you spend on a gift is not all that important; what’s more important is that the person use and love the gift you give. And if the receiver is a big barbecue fan then make sure he gets an accesory or something that relates to his passion. You can make it a fun gag gift or a more serious accesory, but whatever it is; even a gag gift, your guy friend who loves the barbecue season will love wearing or using it during the special barbecue events he hosts.

Mother’s Day – Celebrate it with a Beach Barbecue

Celebrate it with a Beach BarbecueSummer is just around the corner and if you live near a beach – that means beach party season. You can start the season off right with a good old fashioned Mother’s day cookout.

What Do You Need?

Not much really! You can even throw a small beach party, just you and your Mom, plus your small outdoor charcoal grill. However, if you plan on throwing a shindig to remember, you’ll want to plan your Mother’s day outing with some care. Start a few weeks before the event and use the following guide to help you along.

What beach will it be at? Check out all your local beaches and look for the best beach. Ideal beaches should be fairly close, free of sticks and driftwood (Unless you plan to have a bonfire)and clean water. Go to the beach yourself and plan out where your party will be. Remember to get a permit if it’s going to be a huge party.

The food you prepare will depend on the size of your barbecue party. For a larger group you might want to forego the typical hamburger and hot dog fare, instead opt for a roasted pig. Everyone will love an evening barbecue with good food, friends and a view of the sun setting over the ocean. The following article lists three different ways you can roast a pig on an outdoor grill.

 

Roasting a pig is a big job with big rewards. Whether you choose to use a grill, rotisserie, or pit, your results are sure to be finger lickin’ good. Just make sure your family or guests come to your pig roast with an empty stomach.

It’s All About Family Time

Whether you decide to  have a beach B-B-Q party for  Mother’s day or any other day in the summer, the point is that you make some quality time for your family. And there’s nothing like good food, great activities and a beautiful atmosphere to make an event memorable.

A beach barbecue is worth the effort whether you have to drive 30 miles or a 100 miles to get there. It will be a wonderful experience for everyone.

 

Be the Toast of the Town with a Chinese Styled Barbecue

Chinese Styled BarbecueAn outdoor barbecue is a great way to spend a summer evening. There is nothing like a day full of outdoor activities followed by good food. A barbecue with your traditionally American hot dogs and hamburgers is  a great idea, but why not make the day even better by adding an international flavor to your shin dig. Give your next great barbecue party an oriental flavor by making the following Chinese styled Glazed Pork Tenderloin, instead of your typical hamburger fare.

Chinese-Styles Glazed Pork Tenderloin

To bring restaurant-style boneless barbecue spareribs home, we turned to the grill to replicate the sweet-smoky flavor and char that make this dish a favorite. Pork tenderloin cooks quickly and stays moist on the grill, and butterflying and pounding the meat means even more surface area to… read more

 

Even if you aren’t a great cook and don’t really feel like trying to fix pork tenderloin, you can still add a Chinese flavor to your next barbecue outdoor event with a simple Asian barbecue sauce.  Here is an easy recipe to follow.

Easy Barbecue Sauce – Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Chinese seasonings such as hoisin and oyster sauce add a different flavor to this easy barbecue sauce recipe.

Even if you do opt for traditional American fare, you can make you barbecue even more interesting by adding activities, games or other fun activities. There are even some events where the host makes special arrangements for guest pets. This way the dogs can have fun too.  Hosting a great outdoor cooking event is just a matter of using a bit of creativity and putting some thought into your next barbecue.

A Roasting and Grilling Guide for the New Barbecue Fan

 a roasting guideWhen you move out of an apartment and into a new home, the first thing you want to do is have an outdoor party. You want to invite all your friends and grill some good food just like your parents used to do.

Truth is the barbecue is an American tradition. But when you are new at this, you don’t really know where to start. Most people just head over to their local Walmart to buy whatever grill is available. Wrong. This is a very bad idea. There are different grills made for different types of food, for different cooking styles. You also need to consider the weather in the location you live in, the amount of grilling you intend on doing, and of course, your budget.

4 Types of Outdoor Barbecue Grills – Which Should You Buy?

Learn more about the 4 different types of BBQ grills (i.e. gas, charcoal … as well as the different materials used to construct them. Different Types of Grills …
Once you do choose the perfect barbecue grill for your next event, you need to start thinking of accessories. If you’ve watched the Caja China recipe above you’ll note that the chef even uses baling wire as an accesory. Of course, the accesories you use is going to depend on what type of meat you are grilling.

BBQ Accessories | Barbeque Accessories & Barbecue Accessories

Bbq accessories are tools used for barbecuing. There are many bbq accessories now available, … Sets of bbq accessories can also come in handy.

Bottom Line

Grilling the right way takes a little more work than just getting your spatula out. You may need a scoop, special knifes, sauces and more. It really depends on what you plan on grilling or putting on that new barbecue grill .

The Barbecue – A Fought Over American Tradition

How much more American can you get than the barbecue? This is a social event that goes back as far as the American indians. And everyone who has ever attended one is quickly reminded of their hereditary ties to both the American cowboy and Indian. We can just visualize cooking over that huge bonfire out in the wide open prairies of the west.

What is a Barbecue?

By definition it is a process in which meat is slow cooked over an open fire. This means the barbecue goes back to prehistoric the barbecue an american traditiontimes. Although for Americans the barbecue is so much more than that. It is a socializing event, a time to share and a time of togetherness.

True Barbecue

 True Barbecue, an American Cooking Tradition. By Derrick Riches. … The debate over the origin of American Barbecue is one that will probably never …

Even though, the outdoor B-B-Q or grilling event is about as american as you can get, the styles change in different parts of the nation. Most new grill and barbecue cooking buffs just stick to the average grilled hamburger and hot dog. But the real cooks out there do all sorts of things, using the direct heat method, the slow cook or indirect heat method, the rotisserie method, skillet cooking and even the foil bake method.

Different Styles of Barbecue | eHow – eHow | How to Videos …

Different Styles of Barbecue. Barbecued food varies widely in the United States, divided by separate barbecue “regions” throughout the country. Texas, Memphis, Kansas …

Bottom Line

The barbecue American tradition is a long-standing one. It is an event that every American, no matter where he resides loves. It is a way to welcome in the warm season, an event that promotes the gathering of friends. It is a time of laughter and fun. And you as a cook have the obligation to uphold this wonderful event, do right by it. So you can choose to grill the tried and true hamburger, or you can try your hand at something different. How about a full roasted pig?

Barbecue Pork, Anyone?

barbecueMy all time favorite is barbecue. I just love the smoked flavor brought about by the charcoal and the meat.

Before roasting, I carefully plan what meat to cook, where to buy it, what griller to use and what seasoning to put. Some people opt to use gas grillers while others choose charcoal boxes.

I personally love to experiment.  When I’m in the mood for quickly prepared meals, I use my electric grill.

But for times when I like to savor the time to slowly cook in my BBQ grill, I use a pig roaster that cooks my pork chop and ribs.

Grilled right, pork chops are a great cut of meat

There are a number of cuts labeled pork chops. Bone in or boneless, loin or rib chops, the most important factor to consider when grilling pork chops is the thickness. Thin cut chops (under 3/4-inch thickness) need to be handled differently from thick cut pork chops (anything over 3/4-inch thickness). Thin chops will dry out faster so they need to be cooked quicker, while thicker chops need time to get cooked through the middle without drying out the surface so they need to be cooked slower. It sounds backwards, but it works.

Before we get grilling pork chops though we need to maximize moisture, tenderness, and flavor.
Brining: Brining is a great way to add moisture to any meat and is particularly beneficial with pork (see Brining Pork. The real benefit however is going to be with thicker cuts of meat. If you are using thin chops brining may not be the best way to go but if you are using thick chops then a good brine will certainly help. A brine is a salt water mixture (about 1 tablespoon table salt to a cup of water) that gets soaked up by meat. Brining thick cut pork chops should take 2 to 4 hours. Remember to thoroughly rinse the chops after brining to remove any excess salt.

I always follow a recipe book for grilling and I am very experimental when it comes to the food I prepare.  For pork shoulder lovers,  take a look at this:

Barbecue. There is nothing better than a good pork shoulder roasted “low and slow” as they say, over wood smoke. The long cooking time and low temperature ensure a succulent roast. And the smoke? Well the smoke is the whole point of barbecuing in the first place, otherwise you could just as easily use a slow cooker.

The thing is, to do this right, you really need a smoker, or a barbecue with a separate box for wood chips. I don’t have either. I may get a smoker at some point, but at the moment, I do have a perfectly functional 2-burner gas grill. The good news is that you can indeed achieve a pretty decent barbecue with your grill, if you watch the temperature and keep up the smoke. It just takes a big more finagling and a lot more attention.
I’ve barbecued a half dozen pork shoulders on my grill over the last few weeks, just to get the method solid. What follows is the approach I used to get the best results. I found this grill method works best with a 4 pound Boston butt shoulder roast, instead of an 8 pound picnic shoulder roast. With an 8 pound roast you are basically getting up really early in the morning to hopefully have the meat done by dinner time. With a 4 pound roast, or two 4 pound roasts cooked at the same time, the whole timing of the barbecue is more manageable. The meat requires several hours of smoking to get infused sufficiently with smoke flavor. After that, it’s just easier to finish, wrapped in foil, in a 300° oven. It’s hard to maintain a consistent low temperature on a grill, gas or charcoal. Wrapping in foil in the oven helps to capture all of the juices and rendered fat from the last hour or so of cooking.

With a good rub, and a long smoke, barbecue sauce isn’t really necessary. But do feel free to add some of your favorite barbecue sauce at the end, when you’ve pulled the pork apart.

Any experienced grill barbecuers out there? I’d love to hear your tips for perfecting barbecued pork shoulder on a grill.

Get the recipe here.

Just writing this is getting me really hungry! Well, everyone I know definitely loves to eat.  Whatever your preference — whether veggies, meat, poultry or seafood, all you need is the right griller to prepare your meal!