This was a good sized project with many pieces of the same repeating pattern of horizontal bars with custom paint. Some pieces like the lower gate, window appliqué, and porch rail were retrofit and some were new like the top-side fence and the air conditioning unit surround. Here are the before and after pictures.
Let me start this post with a warning that there will be a picture of a whole pig cooking. If you are squeamish, read no further.
Now let me tell you how much I enjoy grilling, bbqing, and generally cooking game meats. Years ago I spent some time in Argentina and got familiar with many cooking techniques rooted in the rustic Gaucho Culture. The forerunner of these techniques and one of the most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting is Francis Mallmann. His techniques are both traditionally based and creatively groundbreaking, this his moniker “Maestro”.
This is the process of my first Asador, a ground nesting fire box situated to slow cook a whole animal wired or hooked to a crucifix. At todays maiden effort it will be a 30lb wild pig. As Mallmann explains in his book The Seven Fires cooking whole animals on a crucifix made its way from ancient Arabia via the Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula then from Spain to Argentina and is now almost as common a method of cooking in Patagonia as a BBQ pit is here in Texas.
Above is the reinforced plate enclosure which incorporates a window for air to assist the fire. it also accommodates (below) three collars for the crucifix, all at different angles. This feature allows the animal to roast, slow cook, and rest.
The crucifix is less gruesome than it sounds and more like a rotisserie unfurled. They’re is the central post and two or more cross members with holes for mounting animals with wire, or hooks for hanging animals by strongpoints like joints. Mine is the hole and wire version.
When put together it is a tidy simple operation with basic and many useful features. I will add a grate, handles for easy adjustment of the animal in-process, structural reinforcement, and pegs to assist in steering the crucifix.