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​Why I Love the A-Maze-N Smokers

With over a thousand 5-Star reviews on Amazon, it's not hard to understand why the smokers from A-Maze-N Products have become the go-to item for creating and adding great smoky flavor for home pit-masters everywhere. Light weight, durable and portable, they produce great quality smoke for cold and hot smoking.These little pellet burners will produce 4-5 hours of smoke at temps [...]

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Direct & Indirect Grilling Part Two

In our last post we talked about the importance of directly grilling, this time, let's talk about an equally important technique for delicious, juicy grilled meat...”Indirect Grilling.”INDIRECT GRILLINGIndirect grilling is when we cooking adjacent, instead of directly over, the heat source(s).Food is placed in an area heated by the flame (you're still cooking), but not directly in contact with it.Traditional barbecue (slow-smoked meat) is [...]

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Direct & Indirect Grilling Part One

As much as I love slow-smoked bbq, I love me some lovely charred grill marks on a juicy chunk on animal protein just as much.Grilling seems pretty basic right? Glowing coals + grill + meat = happiness...and sometimes you don't even need the grill!I mean, c'mon, if the Flintstones could do it how hard can it be?Well, while it's not [...]

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Pig Roasting Styles

The tradition of roasting a whole pig goes back millennia and has been practiced in cultures all over the world.In areas with large Cuban or other Caribbean populations, a pig roast is often the center of family festivities on Christmas Eve. In Hawaii it's popular to "Kalua" a pig on memorial day.Rotisserie over an open fire, roasting underground, pit smoker, and [...]

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Marinades - Part Two: Ratios & Recipes

In our last post, we looked at how marinades were developed, the components (fat, acid, and seasoning) to make up a basic marinade, and the reason why marinating is a great option for BBQ and grilled meats.Now, let’s delve a little deeper and talk about how you can build on that foundation to create your own unique and amazing marinades!We’ll start [...]

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Marinades - Part One: What Makes a Great Marinade

One of the simplest ways to flavor food is to marinate it. That is, treat it like a sponge.Basically you mix up a bunch of ingredients in liquid, and soak the meat in it, allowing the meat to absorb the favors it’s submerged in. Salt, sun, oils, spices, and marinades all started out as ways to preserve meat in pre-refrigeration societies, [...]

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Getting the Most out of your Insulated BBQ Gloves and Marinating Syringe

Insulated Barbecue GlovesSteven Raichlen, host of the popular cooking series Barbecue University and author of the best-selling Barbecue Bible cookbook series, partnered with The Companion Group to create a fabulous line of innovative, versatile barbecue products. Use the Best of Barbecue Insulated Rubber Gloves for "pulling" (shredding) piping hot pork shoulders and other foods hot off the grill or out of [...]

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Kalua Pig Wontons

~Chef Perry Perkins~Recipe from ~ La Caja China World: Roasting Box Recipes WorldwideI know, I know…everyone snickers when I talk about recipes for “leftover” roast pork…but sometimes it does happen (especially if you bag up a pound or two of the good parts before serving!)On our recent trip to Oahu, we visited Poke Stop on our food crawl. One of the [...]

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Getting the Most out of your La Caja China Rotisserie Kit & Meat Thermometer

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 [...]

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Getting the Most out of your La Caja China Top Grills & Chimney Starter

La Caja China Stainless Steel Top Grills for Models #1 & #2 fits perfectly across the charcoal tray to provide a large grilling area for appetizers and more. Also can be used to heat side dishes, soups, and many other items.Personally, as someone who cooks in (and on) his La Caja China several dozen times a year, I would say [...]

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