+
BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

La Caja China - Burnt Crackling

mexstorm | Jul 7, 201505:52 AM     12

I saw a post from a few years ago and everyone was raving about La Caja China. I bought one and my first pig came out to absolute perfection. Simply amazing. Right temperature throughout, great crackling, etc.

My next three were not nearly as successful. Two of those three resulted in burnt crackling. And not just a little burnt, I am talking a black pig where the only option is to quickly cut the top layer of the skin off and put it back in the box to try to get a little color so it is presentable.

The instructions say to flip the pig, dump the ash, and cook for 30 minutes. The first time I burnt the pig I waited the 30 minutes. The second time, I looked after only 10 minutes and the pig was already burnt. Clearly the grill was WAY too hot because the top of the skin was burnt but right under the burnt layer was uncooked fat.

Has anyone had this problem? I am not sure why the grill is ending up so hot. I am following the directions exactly.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

6 Budget-Friendly BBQ Tips to Save Money When Grilling This Summer
Guides

6 Budget-Friendly BBQ Tips to Save Money When Grilling This Summer

by Anna Hecht | If you're looking for ways to save money this summer while still cooking out, these affordable grilling...

17 Canning Recipes to Capture Peak Season Produce
Recipe Round-Ups

17 Canning Recipes to Capture Peak Season Produce

by Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy | Home canning is not as complicated as you might think. Yes, it’s something pioneer women would devote...

5 Veggie Harvest Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Garden
Guides

5 Veggie Harvest Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Garden

by Debbie Wolfe | If you've gone to the trouble of nurturing a vegetable garden, make sure to harvest it so you get...

5 Tomato Plant Care Tips to Maximize Your Harvest
How To

5 Tomato Plant Care Tips to Maximize Your Harvest

by David Klein | Growing your own tomatoes is satisfying on many levels. Their season is fast and high-yielding, making...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.