A 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
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: