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Cajun Microwave Roasting Box

Updated on July 15, 2014

The Cajun Microwave is a wooden box used for cooking meats outdoors.

The Cajun Microwave is normally made of thick plywood, one-half inch brick insulation and 26-gauge metal.

The inside of the box should be lined with the metal. The top of the box is constructed with a metal tray 'hot box' in its center to hold the hot charcoal. The hot charcoal radiates heat throughout the box and cooks the meat inside.

The box sits on legs to keep it off the ground. You place the lid on top of the box, and place your choice of heat inside of the lid's steel lined insert. You can use charcoal or your choice of sticks/branches/wood for those who want a nice roaring fire.

The entire box heats up, and the meat is cooked evenly for delicious, open fire quality roasting.

What can you cook in the Cajun Microwave?

You can cook just about anything such as

Venison hindquarter, lamb, Ham or pig. If you can cook it in a barbecue or oven, you can cook it in a Cajun Microwave.

Folks love the Cajun Microwave for the ultimate Cajun cookout, the roast pig or 'couchon du lait' (as they call it) which literally means ' young suckling pig'.

When you realize what you can cook in a Cajun Microwave or la caja china is a giant oven. My favorite description is "Caja China, a Dutch oven on steroids"

You can cook almost anything so lets throw in some corn as a side dish with your fabulous meat.

Corn Recipe ...

Step one: Fresh Corn

Step two: 1/4 to 1/3 inch slab of butter

Step 3: Wrap in tinfoil

Step 4: Toss in La Caja China

You just place the foil wrapped corn into the Cajun Microwave the last 30 minutes of cooking time and instant delicious side dish. Want some Squash?

CAJUN MICROWAVE HONORS

Proud to have received the following honors

Chosen on March 3rd 2008 as Lens Of The Day

March 5th 2008 Top 100 Squidoo Lenses

Each of you made this possible and I want to thank every one for this honor.

Lonesome Fiddle Blues

What would a Cajun party be without fiddle music?

Heck what would a Squidoo lens about Cajun Microwaves be without fiddle music.

For your listening enjoyment!

Cajun Microwave Bruce Weeks Family Band

This is my first attempt at building this and cooking in it. I put just a little too much charcoal from the start and scorched some wood. But tomorrow I'll put in some more flashing and a little less charcoal. This Pork Butt Roast sure smells fine here in the driveway.

Advantages Of The Cajun Microwave

over the traditional open pit method of cooking

* Cooks Food 25-40% faster than open pit method (A 50lb pig can be roasted in 4-5 hours instead of 6-8 hours)

* Cooks more efficiently - you use 1-2 bags of charcoal vs. 1/2 chord of wood for in-ground pit method

* Can be used in the city and suburbs since it uses charcoal like a bar-be-que pit

* No need to worry should the weather turn bad - just move the Cajun Microwave under your patio or shed, or even under a tree

* Taste of the cooked meat is as close as you can get to meat roasted in an open pit.

* the weather is not an issue (can't have a fire in the rain)

* legal in cities where fires are prohibited (cook on your porch or courtyard)

* options such as grills mounted on top of lid and lets you cook "double duty" ---large pieces of meat inside the box, burgers, hot dogs, bbq chicken and other items on top-at the same time!

* It is also a wonderful conversation piece - center of attention for your party!

Cajun Men Cook - My number one choice for cajun cookbooks

Yes, Cajun men cook! and they seldom cook for one or two guests, and they never cook alone.

They cook because they love good food, but also because they love the camaraderie, the good times, and the story telling that inevitably accompany meals.

Whether preparing blackened redfish, crawfish, shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya, boudin, etouffee, crabs, oysters, sausage on the bayou, or barbecuing a suckling pig on the patio (where cooking time is often gauged by the amount of beer in the cooler), Cajun men have an innate talent for creating taste treats that frequently evolve into legendary culinary delights.

Cajun Men Cook: Recipes, Stories and Food Experiences from Louisiana Cajun Country
Cajun Men Cook: Recipes, Stories and Food Experiences from Louisiana Cajun Country

This Cookbook is full of novel food combinations and lore, this cookbook is just like gumbo--spicy, rich, and memorable. Winner of a 1995 Tabasco Community Cookbook Award. Benefits the Beaver Club of Lafayette.

 

Cuban Microwave

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La Caja China Lens

Accessories to Enhance your Cooking Experience

You must have good tools to do a good job!

Cooking is no different than any other things in life - Tools enhance the craftsman.

Take a look at some of the cooking tools available

The Best of Cajun Cooking - Fire up the Taste Buds with these great Cajun Recipes

Ever know a Great Cook? Ever known a great cook that did not have a great library of cookbooks?

Do you want to be a great cook or expand on your skill? Here is a fantastic selection of cookbooks to expand your library.

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How to Build a Smoker or Smokehouse

Building a Smoker does not need to be complicated or even extremely expensive. If you are semi handy with a few hand tools you can build a smoker today!

If you would like more information on building your own smoker or even a full smokehouse check out my Squidoo Lens "How to Build a Smoker" today!

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Eddie Le Jeune & DL Menard

You got the coals burning - the temperature is just right - the pig has settled in and you have grabbed a cool one.

Now its time to sit back - put your feet up - and listen to some great down home music.

Beauty is not only skin deep

AL's Cajun Microwaves are charcoal heated dutch ovens used for cooking outdoors. Each microwave is hand crafted from furniture-grade Louisiana cypress, and durable stainless steel. The cover is a coal bed, which radiates heat throughout the interior of the microwave, where your food cooks slowly & evenly. A removable thermometer allows monitoring of the interior temperature. Optimal cooking is achieved between 250 and 350 degrees.

These beautiful units are available with custom laser etching on cypress panels to personalize your microwave with your name or company logo. And there are several accessories to choose from to make your Cajun Microwave as functional as it is beautiful.

Learn more about Al Simons Cajun Microwaves today!

Learn How to Make your Own Sausage

Making and eating your own sausage is easy and fun to do. Control the quality of the sausage you make yourself and save about 50% of the cost over store bought sausage.

To Learn More about Making Homemade Sausage on Squidoo

Visit the Smokehouse

Ideas and suggestions for all your smoker needs

You have taken the time to get your own smoker, so are you ready for the next step? Before you fire up your smoker there are some things you will want to know

I have created a Squidoo lens that covers your smoker needs from wood selection for the smoke to how to marinade your fresh fish.

Don't forget to stop over at the smokehouse for suggestions and tips on the best methods to smoke your food today.

Click here to visit the Smoke House Today!

The StoveTop smoker is for all seasons and reasons

The idea of smoking your own foods might be appealing yet for many reasons, you do not feel its for you.

Perhaps you never fix enough food at once to make buying or building a smoker practical.

You only want to smoke foods a few times each year.

You prefer smoked foods when you are camping.

You want something that is quicker and easier.

There is a great answer if this is you ... Check out my Lens about

Stove Top Smoking Today!

Cajun Fiddle - Performed by miss Emily

What would a Cajun Pig Roast be without a little Music?

darn near boring that's what.

I just want to set the mood while you browse my lens, so I present this little bit of Fiddle just for you.

Naughty Salmon dip

Ingredients:

12 ounces canned salmon

3/4 cup Miracle Whip (may substitute with mayonnaise)

3 oz. of cream cheese

1/4 cup horseradish sauce

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced green onions

1/4 cup diced red onions

2 Jalapeno peppers diced

2 tablespoons Lime Juice

1 teaspoon grated lime

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Throw everything in a food processor and mix in low speed for about five minutes till all the ingredients are nicely mixed.

Cover with wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight for best results.

Serve with Crackers

For more great ways to use your Smoked Salmon visit my Squidoo Lens " Smoked Salmon Recipes"

Click here to visit Smoked Salmon Recipes Today!

My Favorite Cajun Microwave Sites

Here are some websites that I have found interesting and useful information about the Cajun Microwave on. I hope you enjoy.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great info...

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I've seen variations on this. Great lens!!

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      Inclusiv 5 years ago

      This is something new to me... Thank you for sharing these tips with us!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      sounds cool, never heard of it. Thanks

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      We have a cajun microwave...really good box to cook in!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      The lens was very interesting especially since I had never heard of it before. The cajun music just added to the interest.

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      lindwelch 6 years ago

      I had never tried cooking in a Cajun Microwave. It seems its better than a grill huh?Extenze Reviews

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      RCPlanesandCopt 7 years ago

      What a fun lens! You've got me wanting to do some serious cooking. Love the music. Thanks.Fly RC Jets

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Love the Cajun waltz video! Thanks for introducing me to the Cajun "microwave"!Blessed to day by this Cajun dancin' Squid Angel.

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      NickJ1000 7 years ago

      I am a particular fan of your "How to build a smokehouse" section. I love smoked food - I have been smoking trout in a swedish smoker for years but never realized how far you can go - the cajun element is great. I will give it a try!tanzanite jewelry

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      I am setting up a website dedicated to outdoor living and entertaining. I have a section called Backyards and Tailgating. It is my intention to carry a cajun Microwave in that section.The website is near completion and I hope to have it online for Labor Day. I love your Cajun Microwave.If you are interested in dropshipping for my site please contact me at bkleinpeter9@msn.com.Look forward to hearing from you,BonnieOutdoorLivingDotCom.com

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      Interesting lens. But talking about cajun food, chech this out! See the recipes, videos and lots of infos!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks very dangerous, how safe is this with all the wood.portable hot tub

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      Wow. 5*, and lensrolled to my foodie lenses.

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      somecallmejosh 8 years ago

      Mais, das a nice mackawave, ya cher!. I like dat, me! I'm pass'n you a link on my Cajun French lens under the section called Other Cajun Lenses to Check Out.

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      WorldTravelers916 8 years ago

      very interesting way to eat chicken! i wouldn't mind trying it sometime!avurveda spa products

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      WorldTravelers916 8 years ago

      i never knew cajun food could taste so good out of a microwave!womens health

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      Nice lens.

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      5 Stars for your lens : Fat loss 4 Idiots

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      WorldTravelers916 9 years ago

      good lens, i love cajun food!rufskin

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      JohnJames30 9 years ago

      Ron I would love to see your oven. Never seen one you could cook a hundred pound hog in.You can add a smoke unit to these as well

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Stupid. The point of barbecue is the smoke. You can do this in any oven.

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      raghuvarun123 9 years ago

      i never saw this type cooker. very nice . good lens.Raghuherpes treatment

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      Gemstones-guy 9 years ago

      Cajun Microwave is very use full . it will save the powr . we can prepare very good food uins this.SaiTanzanite

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      gaganraoh 9 years ago

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      WorldTravelers916 9 years ago

      i pretty much like all cajon foods!vanilla powder

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      Hhank 9 years ago

      Very cool idea, I will need to try this out. I am a huge barbeque fan, but never quite took it this far! Thanks for sharing this information, the lens is great. I am finishing my lens series about used buses.

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      Yum. Something about food does it for most people I know, always a popular topic. Nice lens layout, I have been working on one for acne treatment and hope it will be completed soon!

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      chickendumplinchick 9 years ago

      I am really hungry now after reading this lens. Might have to give this a try to your smoked salmon dip sounds really good. 5 stars and thanks for the recipe.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      I had never heard of this. I've gotta try it. 5***** to you.

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      Nara White Owl 9 years ago

      Great lens, I would love to try some of the food.

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      Helensmrt 9 years ago

      That is very informative!!!Thank you!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens! The Purple Gallinules just flew over with a virtual Alligator Pie to celebrate your fascinating lens.

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

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      The Comments have gotten added so fast that I could not respond to each one as they arrived.I want to give a special thank you to each of you for taking the time to comment as well as rating this lens and marking it as a favorite.I am humbled and extremely thankful to each of you

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      I love your website and have added it to my New Groups Featuredwebsites.  Keep up the good work.Good EatsMr John

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      pyngthyngs 9 years ago

      My family in New Orleans is proud of you. Nice job getting LOTD. I'll have to try your Cajun Microwave some time.

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      Reddog6 9 years ago

      Great lens , lots of info.. I love cajun food and the cajun microwave title is great.

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Cools lens on a unique topic.

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      freelief 9 years ago

      Wow! Very interesting! 5*

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      bjslapidary 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Some good ideas. Thanks.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Great lens... congrats on LOTD!

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      Internet-Marketing-Alliance 9 years ago

      Great lens, guess it's true you do learn something new everyday.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Fabulous job on this lens and congrats on LOTD! :o)

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      YUM! 5 Stars for you...

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Smokin' lens :) Love using the barby, have myself a mini-propane perfect for the two of us. I'll send this one for hubbie to browse.

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Congrats! Very well done. 5 STARS!! I wish I could say more, but I need to find the closest Cajun restaurant!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How fun! How fun! I'd love to cook like this. Very nice lens, and congrats on LOTD!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Sehr gut! 5*s!Bavarian Chef Keem

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, and this looks really cool - good think you didn't add "smell-o-vision" or we would all be banging on your door! 5 ***** from me.It looks like a variation on the Polynesian "Hangi" (spelling?) or even the Jamaican Jerk Pit. All excellent for cooking.

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      ideasbymarz 9 years ago

      What a GREAT lens

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      pylemountain1 9 years ago

      I love Cajun cooking! Great lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Caja China is the barbecue box that many Cubans use to roast pigs. It's nothing unique to cajun cooking. The knock on them is that you don't get as much flavor from a traditional bbq. They are really more like ovens when you think about it. Have you ever used a dutch oven? You just pile coals on top of the lid and let it cook. It's the same concept with this box. You will definitely need to spice up your meat before placing in the box or it's going to pretty bland.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      This lens made me hungry! 5 Stars

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      nice lens now I want cajun food.

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      mekon1971 9 years ago

      Being a Cajun ain't easy, especially here in Maryland! 5 stars for making me miss home!

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      EHorn 9 years ago

      Very "tasty" and smells good lens! 5 stars.

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      Great Lens about red stick country!!

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      I like this lens. 5 stars to you.