Did you Get a Caja for Christmas?
~Chef Perry Perkins~
Let’s face it...if Santa brought you a La Caja China (aka, a Cajun Microwave) for Christmas this year, you must have been pretty high on his “Nice” list...or, at least, you paid off the right elf!
Now that you’re the proud owner of a magic
box, let’s take a look at what I consider to be the five essential add-ons to get ready for your first big roast!
There a lots of great accessories and gadgets you can add to your Caja Toolbox, but these are the ones I can’t live (or at least roast) without...
Protect your Pig Roaster from the Elements!
This heavy duty vinyl cover provides the protection your new roasting box needs to stay in the best condition. This is the number one accessory for your pig roaster!
It fits our caja asadora roasting box, as well as other La Caja China 48" x 24" models.
Heavy gauge, aluminum, ribbed construction for extra strength. Riveted, oversized handle for easier lifting of heavy loads.
Remember the first rule of roasting in the magic box: Do not peek! Once cooking has started I try not to lift the lid for any reason, except per the instructions. I even bought a huge metal ash scoop – it’s available on my Amazon store, or your local Home Depot - to keep from ever lifting the lid except to flip the pig.
Lifting the lid even once or twice can really screw up your planned cook time, by drastically lowering the internal temp of the box.
Experienced chefs know…you don’t cook to time, you cook to temperature.
The reason is, there are too many factors, different each time you cook, that can effect the amount of time necessary.
However, if you know exactly what internal temperature you want your finished food to reach, perfect cooking requires nothing more than patience!
Trust this thermometer with any of your meals cooked upon your Caja China roasting barbecue!. Set alarm to go off when it reaches set temperature, or set it to go off when set amount of time has elapsed.
Pre-settable alarm temperature range from 32 to 392 degrees F; loud 5-minute alarm.
Equipped with a longer probe wire measuring 43 inches; requires one AAA battery for power, which is included.
I am, first and foremost, a BBQ guy, and, while I love me some perfectly roast pig, BBQ...real BBQ, requires smoke.
I’ve used pretty much every method you can imagine, and a few you probably can’t, to add smoke to my La Caja China, and this is, hands down, my favorite.
A-Maze- n Smokers are light weight, durable and portable smoke generators, that produce great quality smoke for cold and hot smoking. They are versatile enough to be used in just about any smoker or a grill.
The “New” A-Maze- n Pellet Smoker(AMNPS) is also a light weight, durable and portable smoke generator, but it’s designed to burn pellets or sawdust. The new AMNPS will produce smoke during cold smoking and hot smoking, tested up to 275°!
One of the factors of Caja cooking, which is often overlooked, is that, when your pig (or whatever) is done cooking, there’s a lot of ashes…very hot ashes, left of the grill.
This isn’t a big deal at home, but if you’re somewhere else, the park, the beach, etc., you may not have a convenient (or safe) place to dispose of hot ashes, and you may not have the time to wait hours for them to cool.
I keep a small, metal trash can, with a locking lid, with my roasting gear, so I always have a quick, and safe, method of storing hot ashes, if I need to bug out early.
The best method of shredding or pulling a freshly roasted pig is with your hands. The best time to do so, is while it’s still hot.
See the problem?
Light and flexible for greater dexterity
Insulated to shield your hands from hot meat
Use these insulated gloves for "pulling" (shredding) piping hot pork shoulders and other foods hot off the grill or out of your Caja China.
For use with La Caja China Models #1 & 2 as well as all Caja China style Roasting Boxes (La Caja Asadora)
Stainless Steel Top Grill
Cook chicken, turkey, game hen, sausage, and many other meats while roasting inside your roasting box at the same time!
This portable rotisserie system is designed to fit over any Caja China or Caja Asadora pig roaster model, as well as over open fire or on the ground.
It runs on two D size batteries, and can be used virtually anywhere! Latin Touch is your home for the best in barbecue and caja china/ roasting box products...
I like a solid work surface when I’m cooking. More importantly, I like a work surface that’s at working height
(my back is getting old and grumpy, and doesn’t like staying hunched over a low table.)
These adjustable tables, which raise to a working counter height, are strong, durable, and easy to clean.
130+ pages of amazing recipes and tips for cooking in La Caja China style Roasting Box!
Perry Perkins books is a must have for anyone who owns a La Caja China Roasting Box or La Caja Asadora.
Here are some of the recipes you will find:
Our Cookbook includes Pig Roasting Recipes, Techniques & Tips
Also, great recipe ideas for use with your Top Grill accessory , as well as tons of sauces, mops, and rubs.
Your Cuban roasting box is more than just a pig roaster! Whether you call it a "caja china," "cajun
microwave," "caja asadora," or "roasting box," you will find the best recipes anywhere in Perry Perkins
outstanding additions to our community.
Perry’s follow up titles include: La Caja China World, La Caja China Party, and La Caja China Grill.
As a third-generation chef, Perry P. Perkins focuses his love of cooking on barbeque, traditional southern fare, and fresh Northwest cuisine.
Perry runs the non-profit organization, MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, which teaches nutrition, shopping, and hands on cooking classes for at risk youth.
His cookbooks include La Caja China Cooking, La Caja China World, La Caja China Party, and the NEW “La Caja China Grill.”
You can follow the rest of Chef Perry’s cooking adventures at ChefPerryPerkins.com