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Topic: "China Box". . . . From: Ethrall,
Subject: Re: Self Made Smoker
I recently attended a pork barbeque that featured the shoulders, butts and hams being cooked inside something called a "China Box". It has spanish writing on it and a Miami telephone number. So I suspect it is a method used by Cuban BBQ cooks. It is plywood exterior and a stainless steel interior with a pan and elevated grill inside. It stands off the ground on wooden legs in front and wooden legs with wheels in the back. The meat is placed in the "China Box", another stainless steel "lid" covers the whole of the interior and charcoal is placed on top so the meat cooks at a low temperature but inside an "oven". I have been looking for a local retailer or Do It Yourself instruction for building one. Have you the answers to my query?? Thanks.
Didn't you get the Miami telephone?
This sounds like a version of pit roasting, rather than barbecuing. Essentially it is an oven which is heated by the charcoal on top. You can do the same thing with a #3 wash tub covered by a piece of roofing tin. The result is the same as cooking in a gas or electric oven at reduced temperatures.
No doubt los Cubanos used a good adobo seasoning, so it was probably very tasty. However, I know of no plans for such a cooking apparatus available for DIYers.