Now the "hard" part, sitting around drinking beer, telling jokes, enjoying the sunshine and oh yeah, watching the pig roast.
Jorge Castillo: In Cuba, you had to make your own charcoal. It's a long and laborious process that involves starting logs on fire and partially burying them so that they smolder and burn incompletely. When Raúl first came to the United States, he thought that this was the way it was done all over the world.
Glenn Lindgren: Imagine his surprise when Jorge took him to a local supermarket and showed him bags and bags of charcoal all neatly packaged and stacked from floor to ceiling.
Raúl Musibay: Wow, man I couldn't believe it!
Jorge Castillo: The homemade charcoal does give the pig a distinctive taste.
Glenn Lindgren: But only a real diehard or the Cuban Martha Stewart would even THINK of attempting this feat today
Jorge Castillo: We use a pig holder that allows us to easily flip the pig during the cooking process.
Raúl Musibay: We use poles and mesh from a standard chain link fence.
Glenn Lindgren: We use either ALUMINUM OR ALUMINIZED chain link fabric (aluminum-coated steel mesh) for all surfaces that come in contact with the pig. WE NEVER USE galvanized metal!
Jorge Castillo: We lay the poles, which are galvanized metal since they never come in contact with the pig, across the top of our blocks to get an idea of the correct size. Then we cut two sections of wire mesh to size.
Glenn Lindgren: The bottom section can be more or less permanently affixed to the two poles with heavy gauge wire. We reinforce the mesh with the flat irons...
Raúl Musibay: ...it has to be strong enough to hold the pig.
Jorge Castillo: We use the other piece to cover the top of the pig and hold it in place. We use flat metal bars to spread and reinforce the mesh between the two poles.
Glenn Lindgren: Finally, we use pieces of heavy wire to wire the two sections together, one on top of the pig. This makes a "sandwich" with the hog as the "filling."
Raúl Musibay: Again, we use plenty of heavy gauge wire to wire the two sections together securely and we do this in many places.
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