The recommended cook times for a Caja China can vary based on the size of the pig and other factors. It’s essential to note that these are general guidelines, and factors such as the specific model of your Caja China, weather conditions, and the accuracy of your temperature control can influence cooking times. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork reaches a safe internal temperature. Here are some approximate cook times for different sizes of pigs:
- Small Pig (around 20-30 pounds):
- Cooking Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
- Medium Pig (around 40-60 pounds):
- Cooking Time: 4 to 5 hours
- Large Pig (around 70-100 pounds):
- Cooking Time: 6 to 7 hours
- Extra Large Pig (over 100 pounds):
- Cooking Time: 8 hours or more
These times are based on the assumption that you are using a well-preheated Caja China with the recommended initial high heat (around 325°F to 350°F) for the first half of the cooking time and lower heat (around 250°F to 275°F) for the remainder.
Keep in mind that these are general estimates, and it’s crucial to monitor the internal temperature of the pork using a meat thermometer. The pork should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safety. Additionally, consider factors such as the type of wood or charcoal used, the weather conditions, and the specific characteristics of your Caja China when adjusting cooking times.
Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for your specific Caja China model, as different models may have variations in design and performance.