The star of the Christmas table in the Caribbean is lechón, or slow-roasted pork. Puerto Ricans prefer to roast the pig on a spit, while Cubans lean toward a roasting box. In both cases the meat is marinated overnight and cooked until falling-apart tender. For step-by-step instructions on building your own roasting box out of cinder blocks and aluminum siding, check out Cuban-Christmas.com.
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