DIY Pig Roaster…in a gutted Washer/Dryer.
So, this Fall, I dropped my Caja China off at a Cuban-American friend’s house so she could use it during a party and pig roast.
La Caja China (Chinese Roasting Box) is a genius, portable, wooden pig roaster. No need to dig a pit. My dad drove mine up all the way from Miami one Christmas, which is prime pig-roasting time for Cubans, who celebrate Noche Buena, the 24th of December, with a lechoncito.
During the drop off, my girlfriend tells me about the kinda-sorta-Caja China that her friend, a local Cuban doctor, used during one of the last roasts at her house. It was a gutted, stackable washer-dryer.
I asked for pictures:
Why the ingenuity of my people continues to surprise me, I have no idea. After all, the Cubans in America share genes with the Cubans in Cuba who have kept cars from 1948 running, despite being stuck together with chewing gum and salvaged plumbing parts. Hell, they’ve practically kept the whole country stuck together with spare parts…but anyway.
So, witness what this smart guy did, a guy who once dug a well that gave water to his entire neighborhood in the Cuban countryside — when all others before him had tried and failed, telling him he wouldn’t find water either. He did.
And, he’s really good at roasting pigs — whether inside a washer/dryer, or in the Caja China.
Watch the video for pictures of the pig roaster in action.
Do you roast lechoncitos for Noche Buena? What is your Christmas Eve tradition?