Texas Brisket Caja China Style
This amazing recipe is courtesy of Dorothy Randoll. We’ll be preparing a 15-pound brisket. Your caja china (also called a Cajun microwave) can hold as many as 5 or 6 briskets of this size! So here’s the list of what you need:
La Caja Asadora Roasting Box
Instant read thermometer
Rimmed pan that will fit inside your caja china
You will want to buy the brisket untrimmed, meaning it should have a thick cap of fat on it. For the dry rub we prefer Bad Byron’s Butt Rub, but any dry rub of your choice can be used. Other ingredients include ½ cup of kosher salt, 2 tablespoons of black pepper, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon of onion powder. Stir these entire together well. For the basting sauce, and this is great anytime your roasting pig as well, you can use about 1 cup of either apple juice or a 50/50 cider vinegar and water blend. Another option is a thin, sweet barbecue sauce. Anything thick runs the risk of burning in the hog cooker.
Now let’s get to the sauce…here is the recipe for Dorothy’s Barbecue Sauce:
- ¾ cups brown sugar
- ½ cups bottled barbecue sauce
- ½ cups catsup
- ½ cups cider vinegar
- ¼ cups lemon juice
- ½ cups Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon paprika
1Combine all the ingredients in a jar and blend thoroughly.
2To prepare the brisket before placing in the pig roaster (Note: a Caja China does much more that just bbq pig!) place it on the baking sheet and add plenty of dry rub to all the meat surfaces. Be sure your caja china box is on a dry, level surface. Have 20-25 lbs of Kings ford charcoal on hand.
3Begin roasting with the fat side of the brisket up. Start the fire on the charcoal grid of your La Caja Asadora or La Caja China model pig roasters, and allow 20 minutes for the coals to burn evenly. Spread the charcoal evenly over the surface of your roast box. After an hour brush the brisket with the basting or barbecue sauce and add 4-5 lbs of charcoal evenly over the burning coals. After the second hour seal the baking sheet with aluminum foil, using oven mitts to carefully apply it.
4Recover your caja china with the charcoal pan and grid. Add an additional 2-3 lbs. of charcoal at this point. After the third hour you are ready to check the temperature of the brisket using your meat thermometer. The desired internal temperature is 180 degrees.
5Once the brisket has reached the desired temperature, remove it from your Cajun microwave style roaster and let rest before carving. Serve with warm barbecue sauce on the side.
6You’ll want to be sure to have lots of napkins available for this one! Enjoy!
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