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Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

Merry Christmas from Miami: Cuban Roast Pork

On December 24, the air in Miami will be fragrant with the scent of roast pork as Cubans prepare for La Noche Buena—Christmas Eve. From Coconut Grove to Hialeah, intoxicating cooking smoke will waft from countless backyard barbecue grills, cinder block pits, and charcoal-fired pig roasters called Chinese boxes. It is the most important holiday on the Cuban calendar, a celebration of food, family, and faith that was outlawed by Castro’s regime from 1969 to 1997. The socializing, eating,...

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CHINESE BOX

LA CAJA CHINA: MYTH VERSUS FACT Steven's friend Mathew Masters cleared up a burning question for us: What is the history of "la caja China" ("Chinese box")? More specifically, how did it get it's name? To paraphrase the blog Mat recently posted on his website, shoplatintouch.com, this ingenious grilling device--sometimes called "la caja asadoro"--was thought to have emigrated to Cuba with 150,000 Chinese laborers in the mid-1800s. According to legend,...

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