Noche Buena Preparations – The Beginning

Well, the Noche Buena preparations have officially begun. We’ve already ordered our lechon – a nice little 130 lb porker. We’ve ordered the tables and chairs, table cloths and most importantly the keg.

The caja china has been taken out of the back of the shed – the way way way back of the shed – and is ready to be adapted for a pit style roasting. Im working on the reducing gears and bearing assembly for the motorized thingamabob and hopefully my old man will be able to get the framework and assemblies welded by next week. He’s also got the electric motor that I was thinking I’d have to buy. Yes. No more manual turning of the spit.

There’s still plenty of stuff to do in the yard and I’m sure the Mrs will have a honey-do list waiting for me somewhere, but at least I’ve got a bit of a head start. I just hope Steve doesnt want to do a practice run with the caja china/rotisserie pork roaster thingamajig.

Update: And speaking of pig roasts,lechon and Noche Buena, via Henry, the Three Guys from Miami will be on Rachel Ray’s show in December:

The Food Network will be re-broadcasting our Noche Buena segment on “Christmas in America with Rachel Ray” again this year. Tune in to see our pigroast from start to finish. A great way to get some new ideas for your own Christmas celebration with some recipes from our Cuban cookbooks “Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban” and “Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban.”

See our complete Noche Buena party on the Food Network!

Watch “Christmas in America” with Rachel Ray on the Food Network:


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5 thoughts on “Noche Buena Preparations – The Beginning”

  1. Val,

    Don’t forget to have someone make some good “Crema de Bie” … that’s one tradition, I have maintained all these years; my children(Cuban/Lebanese/Turkish -American)just love it! Yum!!!

    I hope you and the Mrs. are feeling better!
    🙂 Melek

    “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ~ W.T. Ellis

  2. I’ve already gained 10 pounds just thinking about it.
    Anyone make the apples? The sweet soft ones? I forget what they are called now.
    Nothing like the black beans my mom makes…Yum.
    Turron de yema? Homemade flan.
    Natilla with biscochos and the merengue? Sometimes spiked? Homemade tostones?
    The best part? The warm feelings you have savoring the moments with the ones you love. They won ‘t be around forever. If you have that fled that endured and escaped that nightmare and you are lucky enough to have them with you celebrating Noche buena, celebrate and honor them.

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