CAJA CHINA STARTS 26TH FEB 2017

 

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In 2017, The Naked Fisherman brings the art of Pig Roasting to Saint Lucia, in the form of La Caja China Roasting box.

La caja china is an outdoor roasting oven that uses coal placed above the meat for cooking. The meat goes inside the box on a rack, and the coal goes above it, on a metal shelf.

In Spanish, caja china means Chinese box. It supposedly gets its name from the Chinese railroad workers in Cuba who inspired the box’s development with their own, similar device. We have not substantiated that claim, and cannot vouch for it, but it does make for a good story.

The box simulates the act of pit roasting, because it’s easier to buy a box than dig a hole.

A Cuban-style pig roast may occur for any number of holidays and special occasions, but it may well be most popular on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve, when tradition holds that families and friends get together for an all night feast and celebration.

La caja china works by circulating hot air around the meat, no fire ever actually touches it. It can roast a 50-pound pig in a little over three and a half hours. It’s prodigious roast rate may be what makes it famous.

FIRST FIRING OF THE BOX-SUNDAY 26 TH FEBRUARY 2017

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