Cuban pork roast

    18 hours 30 min

    Perk up pork with an overnight spicy-citrus marinade. Lightly toasting the cumin seeds and peppercorns in a dry pan turns up the heat on this full-flavoured roast. Serve with black beans and rice for a true Cuban-inspired meal.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 dessertspoon cumin seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 dessertspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 5 tablespoons orange juice
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 5 tablespoons dry sherry
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1.75 to 2kg (4 lb) pork shoulder, trimmed and tied

    Prep:16hr  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Ready in:18hr30min 

    1. Heat a small, heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and peppercorns to the pan; stir constantly until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Cool.
    2. Using a mortar and pestle, crush toasted spices with garlic, salt and oregano to make a paste. You can also do this in the small bowl of a food processor. Transfer to a small bowl, and stir in orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, sherry and olive oil.
    3. Place the pork in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour citrus marinade over meat, and seal. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning the bag over occasionally.
    4. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas mark 3.
    5. Transfer pork and marinade to a roasting tin, and place in the oven. Roast for about 2 1/2 hours, basting with pan juices occasionally, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the centre reads 63 C. Add small amounts of water to the pan if it dries out. Transfer the pork to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes. Carve, and serve.

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    Something else. This did not turn out good for me. I sampled the "paste" of the cumin, etc. and it was delicious... but something happened after cooking. It turned more sour than flavourful. Maybe it was because I slow cooked for 6 hours instead of BAKING 2-1/2 hours?? I used a pork roast thinking it would be similar enough; maybe it wasn't?? I will give it another try as written.  -  24 Jul 2008


    This was really disappointing. The photo that accompanies the recipe gives the impression that you're going to get a pulled pork consistency, yet despite following the instructions to the letter - including the use of the meat thermometer to take it out at 63 degrees - I just got a boring bit of roast pork which the marinade had done little to penetrate, along with rubbish crackling because I'd followed the instructions and therefore not given it an initial high temperature blast. I won't be trying it again.  -  21 Apr 2018


     -  30 Apr 2013