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In Reply to: What do I need to know about Puerto Rican BBQ? posted by The Virginian on February 15, 2011 at 15:20:54:
We have a house in Rincon on the west coast, opposite end of the island from Fajardo. We bought the house in 2000 and lived here full time from 2004 to 2008 when we bought a place back on the mainland in Santa Fe, NM. Since then we have spent the winters, from December through March here in Puerto Rico. On Sunday we just joined America's Chefs to cook for the troops at the Coast Guard Air Station in Aguadilla.
As for barbecue in Puerto Rico you will mostly find chicken or whole pigs cooked on a rotisserie over lump charcoal. The chicken is usually sold from trucks along the side of the road and is called pollo al carbon. Roasted whole pigs are called lechon. There are restaurants all around the island that specialize in lechon, some only open on weekends. As Kristine said, Guavate is the lechon capital. It is in the hills south of San Juan and is populated with numerous lechon restaurants. Take highway 52 south from San Juan.
Enjoy. If you wander out to the west coast, let me know.
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