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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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A Prime Caja Christmas

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas CarolThe MenuSalt Crusted Prime Rib (get recipe & worksheet here)Balsamic Cranberry [...]

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Getting the Most out of Your Accessories: Smokers for La Caja China

I own two models of “smoke units” for my various La Caja Chinas: The Smoker Pistol, and the A-Maze-n Wood Pellet Smoker, both box and tubes.The Smoker Pistol is an electric smoke generator that mounts to the outside of the box and blows in smoke from a single-use cartridge (you purchase the cartridges in multiples). Given average temps and [...]

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Caja Family Thanksgiving

The MenuMojo Brined Turkeys (get recipe & worksheet here)Mofungo DressingGrilled Sweet Potatoes with Caramel Adobo SauceMofongo Stuffing 6 green plantainsVegetable oil1 lb. thick bacon, diced 6 cloves garlic, chopped3 sweet chili peppers, seeded/diced 1 sweet onion, diced 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup chicken brothSalt & pepper to tasteFry the slices in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They should be a light golden color and semi-soft.Heat the oil [...]

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Great Side Dishes on your Caja China Grill

Great Side Dishes on your Caja China GrillThe MenuTwice Grilled OystersGrilled RatatouilleTwice Grilled Oysters2 dz med-small fresh oysters, in shell ¼ cup Tillamook butter 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp lemon pepper1 cup Asiago cheese, grated½ cup fresh Italian parsley, mincedCombine butter, garlic, and lemon pepper in pan. Heat until simmering, stirring often, remove from heat and set aside.Place oysters, cup-side down*, on [...]

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Three Ways to Light Charcoal: Pros and Cons

I was five or six years old, and we were having a family get together at Uncle Vern’s house. My Uncle Raymond, who was, almost assuredly, several mason-jars into the party already, decided that the charcoal in the battered old Weber (which was sitting on a plywood-covered, screened porch – them’s my genes, folks!) wasn’t heating up as quickly as [...]

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