Cuban-Style Roast Pork

    18 hours 30 minutes

    Full of flavour, this pork roast is marinated in a citrus mix and then cooked with crushed toasted spices. Serve with beans and rice.

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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 pork shoulder, trimmed and tied

    Preparation:16hours  ›  Cook:2hours30min  ›  Ready in:18hours30min 

    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 degrees C.
    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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    Very traditional Cuban pork. I reduce the sherry and add 1/4 c white vinegar. I also slice a large onion and add that to the marinade. Works well roasted in the oven or in a crock pot.  -  06 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent! Cooked it in the crock pot and we loved it!  -  24 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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 flavorful. Maybe it was because I slow cooked for 6 hours (like some reviewers did) instead of BAKING 2-1/2 hours.?? I used a pork loin roast thinking it would be similar enough;maybe it wasn't. ?? I will give it another try without the crockpot and with the "pork shoulder tied roast".  -  14 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)