One of my fondest memories while living in Modesto was eating roasted pig with friends. I have Cuban friends who bought a caja china to roast a pig. Some of the most tender pork came out of this baby. Other friends (wife from Dominican Republic,husband Chicano) would dig a hole in the ground to roast their pig. Now that they have landscaped their backyard, I don't think this will happen anytime soon.
Childhood memories in Chicago include uncles roasting ribs in those "garbage can" grills.
For me nothing beats the taste of food grilled over charcoal or wood. Now relegated to two tiny weber kettles (I live in a townhouse development), I am looking for ideas to replicate these very ambitious cooking projects on the micro level.