Al Simon's Cajun Microwaves manufacture five high quality charcoal roasters that use the basic design of the "Chinese Box" roaster. Meat is placed inside then covered with a tray of hot coal. Unlike less expensive box roasters, Cajun Microwaves are stainless steel and beautiful cypress wood that may be customized. They also make various inserts and accessories specific to this style of cooking.
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First of all, rest assured, there are no microwaves used in this beauty. The originals were homemade wooden boxes for a splayed open pig. A sheet of metal was placed on top of the pig and coals poured on top of the metal. Al Simon's Cajon Microwaves (he pronounces it with a bayou twang SEE moan) are beautifully made of stainless steel and trimmed with gorgeous Louisiana Cypress.
They come in five sizes. The Medium Cajun Microwave has an inside dimension of 18" wide x 34" long x 14" deep and will hold a small hog.
The improvements Simon made over the original are substantial. There is a large stainless steel box wrapped with insulation and boxed in with cyprus. You can even have the wood laser etched with your team logo, company logo, wife's picture, whatever. To cook, you place the food in square stainless steel pots that are lowered into the box, and then there is a stainless tray that holds the coal that goes on top of the pots of food. That's right, the heat radiates down from the coals into the enclosed box. It's like a giant Dutch oven designed to produce tender and juicy food.
Each unit comes with a DVD with video instructions and recipes. They offer a chicken pot that is a clever improvement on the beer can chicken concept, a turkey pot, a side shelf, a grill that can be placed on top of the coals, or a solid griddle with a grease trap, a rotisserie, a fire pit attachment, and it can even be converted into an ice chest.
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