I ordered the ‘la caja china’ directly from the manufacturer’s website a few days before we had an oktoberfest party at my house with 150+ guests. We couldn’t find a caterer that would supply us with a whole roasted pig so i decided to roast one myself using the ‘chinese box’. Exactly the way it was described and in little less than 4 hours of cooking time. The pig was the hit of the party and i had several requests from my friends to do another one. Make sure to ask your butcher to butterfly the pig for you; otherwise it won’t fit into the box. The result will make you look like a master chef.
It was everything i hoped it would be. The only advise i can give anyone is ‘follow all cooking directions’ and things will be perfect.
Assembly was okay – directions need to be followed specifically. Need a little extra cooking advice in the instructions for cold weather and a different design for the handles but all in all it was worth it.
It arrived in (2) days to hawaii; how is that possible???. Used it to cook a lot of bar-b-q ribs for 101 people; came out just wonderful, delicious, juicy, nice crust. Can’t wait to try a suckling pig. Just wished i could get the accessories shipped, i don’t understand why a grill and cover can’t be shipped to hawaii.
Roasted my first pig over labor day weekend. It was the hit of the party.
I am very glad i purchased it and look forward to future roasts now that i have my first pig roast under my belt. All my guests loved the meat and everyone really enjoyed seeing ‘how this box thing works. ‘one item that is confusing and that i wished i’d understood better beforehand is the description around the weight limits of the box. The documentation from la caja china talks in live weight but neither my butcher nor anyone else i spoke with was familiar with what that meant. I called la caja china (who were extremely helpful and nice) to ask what the 60-pound butchered pig i ordered would mean in terms of live weight and they suggested it would be about 90-95 pounds. What this meant to me is that my trial run of a ‘small’ 60-pound pig was actually almost maxing out what the box could do. Perhaps this is a regional thing but it threw me for a bit. Lastly, there are two minor annoyances i have about the box. The first is the handles on the grate and ash pans come off far too easily.
- Takes You Back to the Old Country
- love it we did a 90 lbs dressed pig and
We received our caja china 2 days before our pig roast. Relatively easy to put together—then wow–this box made the roast the best ever we did the spit roast a few years ago and after 16 hours everyone was exhausted. With the caja china–after 4 hours we were eating the 100 lb. Pig we always wanted a caja china, and now we are going to cook everything in it.
Cooks a good pig but quality of construction is much less than i expected for the price. Many of the coal tray welds have come undone. Two pig roasts and i have had to do three maintenance repairs. Any bbq person knows what $450. 00 can buy you for a smoker. A product that would last years. I don’t get the feeling this product could last any where near as long.
My only suggestion would be for them to include better instructions for cooking chicken, ribs, and boston butts. Most of the instruction manual is regarding a whole pig. I watched some videos on youtube and i was able to figure out how to do those other pieces of me however some of the videos were conflicting.
Finally make the decision to purchase model #2 for my daughter’s graduation. All parts were shipped without any damage. I found the instructions on point. It took about 35 minutes to put my #2 model together. I will put it to good use in a few days and expecting to use this often.
Just put this together with the help of a friend who will participate in our first congregational pig roast in september. My friend is good at assembling things, and we didn’t have any major issues. All the parts and hardware were there. There was a little place where we had to hammer a small piece of the metal down flat against the wood because it had gotten a little bent, but that was easy. The holes lined up just fine. Assembly is pretty intuitive, and the directions, while pretty small to read, are okay. The illustrations are also small, but they do show how it goes. How everything fits together does make sense. We finished in one hour and 45 minutes, and that includes getting everything out of the two boxes that it all comes in. I am excited and would like to roast a pig right now but must wait until we in our church have time to plan and organize the roast.
Features of La Caja China Model #2″Aluminum
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- Roast a 100 lbs Pig, any where in less than 4 hours.
- Easy to use, perfect roasting every time.
- Great for family reunions, tail partys, graduations, Luau, etc…
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Ordered it one week before a party for 30. Bought a 32-lb suckling pig at local butcher. Caja arrived 2 days before party, but i didn’t assemble until morning of party (of course). Thought we were missing the ends of the box. Turns out they are mounted together on a frame of sorts, so appeared to be a top or bottom piece. This factoid is nowhere on assembly instructions. Including panic spell, it took us way less than an hour to assemble the box. I cooked the pig exactly to the instructions nicely labeled on the ends of the box, but still used an internal temperature probe buried in one of the hams to verify.
I had a home made hog roaster stolen from me recently and needed something quick to cook for 2 parties i have coming up in the next month. I was hesitant to purchase the hotbox without actually witnessing one being used. A friend of mine told me he had been to 3 hog roasts where they used the hotbox and convinced me that it lives up to it’s reputation. Assembly was very easy, i did it without any help from anyone other that a few cold corona’s. I decided to test it with an 11 lb. I followed the cooking instructions but was a bit hesitant about the cooking time so removed it about 20 minutes sooner than directed. The turkey was very moist but the legs were a bit uncooked. So it’s best to follow the instructions without any doubt what so ever. It took approximately an hour and a half to cook the turkey and only ten minutes for all of it to be completely devoured by my friends.
Great product and received it promptly. We have a large family and needed to roast 4 20# turkey’s for thanksgiving. Turned out excellent, moist with crispy skin.
We made pork belly and it came out so good.
I am now 8 pigs and 10 pork shoulders into this #2. Here is the real deal after 6 years of useyes, the old construction is not great. They have made improvements on the new box i see. No, the smoker does not work well, in fact it sucks, but it is not neededyes, it is a b%^& to clean up, but make sure you do it right away. If you wait, well, you will regret it. Follow the written instructions and right down your times. The idea is to use it again and you can follow your notesyes it produces fabulously moist meat, approved by the local hawaiians, who went and bought a caja china after eating my pig roast. Trust the instructions, don’t keep lifting the lidi have now fed over 1000 people with this cooker, with 100% satisfaction from both me and those who ate. It is a fun, different type of cook that forces you to relax and just hang with friends.
Tried it once so far and the results were great. Can’t get any easier to cook up a great tasting pig. Instructions were very helpful and incredibly easy with the finished pig coming out perfect. I highly recommend this cooker for the regular cookout guy who wants to impress his friends. They’ll think you’re a genius.
Roast a 100 lbs Pig, any where in less than 4 hours.
I did two shoulder and a 60 pound hog and it was awesome.
La caja china es un producto excelente, para cocinar cerdo, cordero y pavo. Es muy fácil de usar, y las instrucciones facilitan el empezar a usarla.
I have not used it yet, and i’m sure it will work just fine, but for the price for what is essentially a kit, i expected the quality of the materials they used and the overall build quality to be better. There is definitely not much pride put into the product, but unfortunately that’s how most things are these days. A lot of the holes required cleaning up or additional drilling. The holes don’t align very well so it takes more effort than it should to get it together. Some of the metal that lines the inside on my unit had a few bumps on the edges butt up to the side panels. They did not seem like a big deal until i was nearly finished putting it together which required taking it partially apart again to hammer those spots down flat otherwise the box would not seal. The wood used on the corners and all over for that matter is very rough. The only thing that appears to have been done with great care was putting their logo on it. But it’s here, and i have a pig ordered for this weekend so not like i could send it back. If i were to do it over again knowing what i know now, i would look at alternate companies that are less expensive.
Love it we did a 90 lbs dressed pig and we have done 2 turkeys in it so far. They best meat ever, so moist. We are looking into getting a top grill table to put above the charcoal for additional cooking. And would love to find a way to turn it into a smoker to.
Ok, honestly i have been eyeballing one of these for the past two years. Well, finally after reading literally dozens of online articles, reviews, and watching i can’t recall how many youtube videos, i bit the bullet and ordered one. It arrived in 2 days with amazon prime, and aside for a couple slightly bent pieces of aluminum during shipping (which were easy enough to straighten with a pair of small pliers) assembly went off without incident. The ease of use was better than advertised. Honestly, this thing is idiot proof. I received it on a thursday, and cooked my first whole pig on saturday. Everyone was raving out how good it was. If you can follow simple directions, you can use this box.
Bought it to roast a pig and it was delicious. Also did some racks of ribs which came out even better. However, for the price i think they could use sturdier materials. The tray and screen are a thin gauge so after the first use they get warped. To store it i have to place something heavy on top to keep those two parts flat. Also, the handles to those two items aren’t clamped down completely so they fall all the time. Not good when you’re moving red hot coals around.
Easy to use, perfect roasting every time.
Works great for roasting a large pig.
I saw a comment on here about a 50 lb pig barely fitting in this box. You must’ve done something wrong like not butterfly the pig. I have a model number 1 which is supposed to hold a 70lb pig, and i’ve cooked two 76lb pigs in it without a problem. I see no reason you wouldn’t be able to cook a hundred pounder in this model. Keep in mind that the weight referred to is the live weight of the pig, not the dressed weight. I look forward to moving up to the #2 model. This is a pic of a 76 lb pig in the smaller model #1.
Then get the la caja china model #2. My wife bought me this as a birthday present and i immediately cooked a 52 lb. Construction was mostly solid, but there is definitely some room for improvement when it comes to the wingnuts. We had two leaks at the corners where the wheels are. My plan is to replace the wingnuts with lock-nuts and crank them down a lot tighter than my fingers can do the wingnuts. This really is an awesome cooker.
Great cooking box, the pig was ready in 3. I can’t wait till we cook another pig. I only wish the metal cover was more rigid.
These boxes are great i have always did pigs on the spit but this box keeps the pig clean and moist. If u like cooking on a spit try one of these boxes u will never use a spit again.
Love how fast meat cooks in our china box. The large capacity means we can cook for large crowds and we sometimes cook different meats at the same time.
Roast a pig in four hours, just as promised, a 100 pounder takes a bit longer.
Great for family reunions, tail partys, graduations, Luau, etc…
Growing up with lechon, i was accustomed to the cinderblock pit in the yard that my dad had built. Not the most convenient method of continuing the tradition. Fast forward, i came across la caja china at a friend’s bbq and decided to give it a shot myself. Aside from seasoning, roasting the pig is of the utmost importance. And with the instructions written on the box itself, its hard to screw it up. I have been using it for noche buenas and bbqs since and my family agrees, including my dad.
la caja china cookbook author, perry p. Perkins, narrates and offers pro tips in this step-by-step video on prepping, injecting, roasting and chopping a southen-style smoked pig in la caja china.
Coming from a weekend hot dogs hamburgers to this. Researched on how to prepare and cook. First pig roast was amazing.
Worked excellent, wish the fire tray was built better do not know how long it will last.
My husband bought this as a christmas gift for his boss and he loved it. We saw it on the food network and thought he would be a great cooker for a guy who has a huge family that loves to fish & hunt.
This $400 piece of cooking equipment is basically plywood, aluminum and wing nuts. The holes for the screws don’t line up well and the pieces aren’t cut out squarely. The charcoal tray warps and rusts after the first use. Also, if you are not tediously careful when lifting the hog out, you’ll tip the tray that catches the juice and it will spill all in the bottom to be absorbed in to the plywood. I had to dismantle the entire thing to clean it properly. The aluminum does not wrap around the bottom of the side pieces so it leaves bare plywood vulnerable. I bought a 50 pound hog for use in the #2 box. I don’t see how a 100 pound hog would ever fit. It is now stored, disassembled.
Eassy to clean just use water and soap
Roasting a pig with the model 2 may be easier than cooking steaks or burgers on a grill. It is definitely easier than roasting a turkey in an oven. . A very easy way of roasting a pig. We did exactly what the easy instructions said to do and the result was fantastic. There really aren’t any ‘gotchas’, gimmicks, or missing elements. We used regular charcoal briquettes that we bought at sam’s club. The pig we got was bigger than we ordered, so we could only cook 1/2 at a time. We used dry rub on one half and injected marinade into the second half. Some folks preferred the dry rub, i preferred the marinade. The only thing we will do differently is we will make certain that we get a pig that is sized so that the whole thing fits. Using the model 2 for a pig roast will become at least an annual event in my family.
Ordering was easy, received it in two day’s, no damage. Assembly was not a problem, all holes lined up, instructions very clear. Was first user memorial day weekend, cooked a seventy pound pig in 3 hours, meat fell off the bone ,very good product, thanks.
Trust the instructions on the box even it goes against your instincts.
The best purchased i’ve ever made ,love it.
I used this bad boy the first time for my wedding reception pig roast, i raise pigs so i have been wanting to learn a foolproof way to roast a pig. This is itone of the guests was a seasoned ‘pig roastere’ and said this was the best pork he had ever tasted, nobody used any bbq sauce as the flavor of the marinade i used and the injecting the pig with pineapple and oj tenderized it. I cooked a 70-75 lb red wattle pig about 4 months old, in this cooker and it just fit, used about 70 lbs of charcoal, took 6 hours, the meat fell off the bone and was super delicious. The unit was delivered on time which was important for me because it was a last minute decision. Try having a pig roast catered or try renting a pig roaster, good luck, this will pay for itself in the first roast i do for hire. I might have paid a premium for this but i can say it was worth it based on the fact, it turned out really well and i know have mastered roasting my pigs, lamb is next. Made the wedding reception successful.
We raise heritage breed pigs and wanted a special way to prepare them for events. I’d seen these on food network and other cooking shows and we decided to try one and see if it works ‘as advertised’ = a perfectly cooked pig with crispy skin in about 4 hours. Our first run was for my wife’s birthday on new year’s eve and it was a balmy 25 degrees when we lit the charcoal. After 4 hours and 25 minutes from inserting the pig, we had it on the table and is was exactly as advertised. I made 3 dipping sauces and had done some injecting (an injector came with the box) and everyone loved it. Our pig was headless (for my wife) and hanging dry weighed 44#. This is a great product and practically idiot proof. The only minor challenges involved assembly. If you know something about tools and have a few large clamps you’ll be done in about an hour getting it all together. One happy surprise was the cleaning.
Great box food comes out very good. Have cooked a pig and 2 turkeys in it everything came out perfect.