A cazo is a copper cooking pot specific to Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan Mexico. Hand-pounded and forged in fire, these pots are used for making carnitas, chicharonnes, cajetes and other traditional foods. They vary in size, with some pieces being several feet in diameter and depth. Cazo's have round handles, one on the left, the other on the right. They have a similar shape and depth of a Chinese Wok, but a flat bottom. Cazo's play a role in the history of Santa Clara del Cobre's development as Mexico's famous copper town, as the occupants were given exclusive rights to craft these cooking vessels when Vasco de Quiroga first built a large smelter there.