Jorge Castillo: Raúl removes one brick from the front and tosses the charcoal into each corner.
Raúl Musibay: We add just enough to keep the coals going. The pig needs to cook slowly. Again, we always bank the coals into the four corners only! A 140 pound pig can require more than five (20-lb.) bags of charcoal.
Glenn Lindgren: Only remove the bricks to add more charcoal, and put them right back to contain the heat. Obviously, the bricks can get hot, so use something to protect yourself from burns.
Raúl Musibay: When you add more charcoal, it's a good time to add some more mojo. Splash some all over the body cavity then re-cover the pig with the foil.
Raúl Musibay: About half way through the cooking, we flip the pig over, cover and continue cooking.
Glenn Lindgren: Pigs can produce a lot of oil as they cook. We NEVER allow the oil to drip directly onto the hot coals!
Jorge Castillo: Some people use an aluminum tray to collect the oil that falls directly under the hog. We've used one of those large disposable aluminum turkey roasting pans (or two) just large enough to fit under the hog.
Raúl Musibay: The coals, banked into the four corners, should NOT touch the drip pans.
Jorge Castillo: Some people like to catch the oil and use it in cooking. Many people just let the oil soak into the ground.
Glenn Lindgren: When we use a sheet of aluminum below the pig with no drip pan, most of the oil smokes off as it hits the hot metal.
Jorge Castillo: However, we keep a hose nearby to put out unwanted fires.
Glenn Lindgren: We have noticed over the years that the pigs in the United States have gotten a lot leaner.
Jorge Castillo: In the "old days" we used to collect a gallon or more of rendered pig fat.
Raúl Musibay: Now, it's not unusual to get little more than a few ounces.
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